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Mental health

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Planning guidance: NHS England sets out next steps for realising forward view

Health economies seeking to be at the forefront of moving to the new models of care set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View have been given six weeks to submit an expression of interest to NHS England

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NHS England says CCGs must increase mental health spend

Clinical commissioning groups have been told by NHS England to increase in real terms the amount of money they spend on mental health services as part of the 2015-16 planning guidance.

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Concern over projected fall in mental health nurse vacancies

A forecast reduction in the number of NHS mental health nursing jobs over the coming years could threaten the government’s ambition to achieve parity of esteem with physical health, Health Education England has claimed.


NHS England to trial employing pharmacists in A&E

The urgent and emergency care review being led by NHS England will conduct a national pilot in the spring to trial employing pharmacists in an emergency department setting.

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Nigel McCorkell

Mental health trust chair steps down

The chair of West London Mental Health Trust has announced he is stepping down, midway through his second term.

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Monitor launches investigations at two East Anglian trusts

Monitor has launched investigations into both Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals and Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trusts, it has been announced.

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Mental health providers face finding £40m to meet new targets

At least half of the additional £80m investment pledged to mental health providers to help them deliver new access targets will come from existing budgets

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GPs should urgently discuss new care models

GPs should begin talking about the new models of care in the NHS Five Year Forward View ‘very soon’, one of their leaders has said.

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Deficit for NHS providers swells to £630m

The NHS provider sector has plunged further into the red, the latest figures from Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority show

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David Behan

CQC recruitment difficulties threaten inspection targets

The Care Quality Commission’s struggle to employ enough staff to inspect all acute trusts by the end of next year has been flagged up as a “key risk” by its chief executive.

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David Bennett

Monitor chief supports 'significant' investment in mental health

David Bennett has called for a ‘significant reallocation of resources’ towards mental health to put it on an equal footing with physical health

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FTs will resist forced expenditure on primary care

Foundations trusts will ‘furiously resist’ any attempt to push them into ploughing their accumulated surpluses into primary care as envisaged by the NHS Five Year Forward View

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Priory Group sets sights on community contracts

A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market

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Secure hospitals staff to strike

Staff at three high security psychiatric hospitals will strike on October 24 following a dispute with the government over health workers’ pay.

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Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter funding

Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government

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Simon Wessely

College president warns against clustering in mental health

Parts of the mental health service could be destabilised by the ‘cluster’ payment system proposed for the sector, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.

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Martin McShane

Exclusive: Acute trusts told to abandon 'fortress' mentality

Hospitals that blinker themselves to the potential of working with mental health providers will usher in their ‘own financial demise’, the NHS England official overseeing the service has warned

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David Behan

CQC: System needs to improve 'patchy' response to poor care

Commissioners and regulators need to improve their ‘patchy’ record of supporting struggling providers, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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Council terminates £3.6m agreement with mental health trust

STRUCTURE: Norfolk County Council has ended its formal agreement with a mental health trust after losing confidence in its capacity to guarantee outcomes for social care service users.

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Further priorities for mental health waiting times revealed

Mental health trusts could be asked to hit a suite of new waiting time targets by 2020 at a cost of more than £130m a year.

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Tips to prevent mental health co-morbidities in diabetic patients

A project in London has developed a model for diagnosing and treating the mental health co-morbidities of diabetes. Steven Reid explains

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Mental health repatriation ensures patients are homeward bound

Three CCGs saved £10.5m and improved patient outcomes

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Collaboration is at the heart of mental health transformation

How London is sharing expertise and responsibility


Bristol takes a modern approach to commissioning mental health services

The CCG has overhauled the commissioning process

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The care that still casts a shadow on patient experience

Getting the measure of mental healthcare

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Innovator case study: Dementia diagnosis times plummet in ground breaking project

The winner of the 2013 NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia - worth £80,000 - has reduced the average diagnosis time from three years to four weeks. Here we explore Gnosall Surgery’s ground breaking project

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Tackling the race issue at the heart of mental health care

Why are so many young black men subject to compulsory treatment?

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