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Mental health

Agency staff

Updated: NHS agency controls unveiled, but price cap pushed back

Price caps on the hourly rate the NHS can pay agency nurses may not take effect until December, after regulators received more than 100 responses to a consultation on the controversial plans.

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Thousands of mental health patients sent 'out of area'

More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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Police officer

Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.

Samantha Jones

Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.

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NHS England expects £150m rise in mental health spending

NHS England expects commissioners to spend at least £150m more in cash terms on mental health services this financial year. However, the Department of Health has admitted it will fall £107m short of its promised £250m target for investment this year in children’s mental health services.  

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Monitor refuses to investigate tender process despite concerns

COMMERCIAL: Monitor will not investigate the awarding of a £190m mental health contract in Yorkshire, despite saying the commissioner ‘could have done more to mitigate a conflict of interest’.


Struggling emergency care systems to get winter buddies

A buddy system for poorly performing urgent and emergency care systems will be introduced this winter in an attempt to help the ‘most challenged’ areas.

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Exclusive: Vanguard FT to take on GP practice staff

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust in a vanguard area is setting up a jointly owned ‘shell company’ with a local GP practice, and directly employing some primary care staff, HSJ has learned.

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Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

'Conflict of interest' claim over mental health contract

COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.

Mental health

Out of area mental health placements increase suicide risk, inquiry warns

The practice of sending mental health patients up to hundreds of miles from home for a bed should be stopped because of the risk of suicide, a national inquiry has warned.

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Board table

New chief executive for West Midlands trust

The chief executive of a North West community trust is to take on the top job at a West Midlands mental health provider.

Lord Crisp

Crisp: Mental health beds shortage actually a discharge crisis

A perceived crisis in the availability of mental health beds is actually caused by delayed patient discharges, according to an inquiry chaired by Lord Crisp.

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Nurse treating patient

NHS can be 'world leader' on patient safety, say healthcare leaders

The NHS can be a ‘world leader’ in many areas of patient safety but only if it starts taking immediate action to improve, healthcare leaders have said in a report published by HSJ today.

Mental health

Concerns NHS England safe staffing guide for mental health 'lacks rigour'

Experts have criticised NHS England’s latest safe staffing guidance on mental health inpatient care, raising concerns that the model used ‘lacks rigour’.

Surgeon, surgery, surgical tools,

£2bn acute deficit may mean ‘real trouble’ for frontline services

Experts have warned that patients could end up waiting longer for treatment as acute trusts try to tackle an expected overall deficit of more than £2bn this year.

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NHS 111

NHS 111 procurement abandoned in West Midlands

COMMERCIAL: The procurement of a new NHS 111 service to span 16 clinical commissioning groups in the West Midlands has been abandoned after no ‘acceptable’ bids were put forward.

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Updated: Seven day GP access brings '3pc reduction in A&E activity'

Seven day access to primary care in areas of Greater Manchester has brought a three per cent reduction in accident and emergency activity, according to an evaluation of the project.

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Nursing home

Updated: Police investigate patient death at learning disability unit

PATIENT SAFETY: Detectives have launched an investigation into the circumstances of a patient’s death at a learning disability unit in Lincolnshire.

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