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Mental health

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Monitor signals the end of mental health block contracts

Monitor has signalled the end of block contracts currently used to fund NHS mental health providers as part of a major shake up of the national payment system due to be introduced next year.

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Norman Lamb

Lamb condemns 'shunting' of mentally ill children

A health minister has accused NHS organisations of “shunting” mentally ill children into specialist inpatient care for financial reasons.

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Big jump in private share of NHS community services market

The share of NHS community health service funding going to private providers has sharply increased in recent years, a new study reveals.

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Airline style briefings aim to improve patient safety

Trusts taking part in the new Sign up to Safety campaign will be asked to commit to giving patients “airline style” safety advice on their stay in hospital, a trust chief executive leading the campaign has said.

Geraldine Strathdee

Single online tool launched to aid mental health data models

Efforts to develop more sophisticated approaches to commissioning, funding and comparing mental health services could be helped by a new online database.

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Rob Webster

Non-acute leaders join Dalton review panel

Two healthcare chiefs with experience in the non-acute sector have joined the Dalton review panel

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Hollins urges action on learning disabilities care

Exclusive: Ministers will today be accused of failing to implement recommendations from a damning report into the care of NHS patients with learning disabilities.

NHS England mulls young people's mental health tender

NHS England is considering putting inpatient child and adolescent mental health services out to tender in a bid to tackle “out of area” placements for vulnerable young people.

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Monitor: 'Clusters' to remain in mental health funding regime

The regulator has sent a strong signal that using ‘patient clusters’ as a means of funding for mental health service will be maintained

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Bristol mental health contracts awarded

COMMERCIAL: Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group has approved plans to award contracts for its community mental health services to 18 organisations under a “system leadership” model thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Norman Lamb

Mental health wait standards 'must happen next year', says minister

The introduction of waiting time standards for mental healthcare “must happen from next year”, the care services minister has told HSJ.

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Mental health rising as reason for helping homeless

Mental health has become an increasingly significant reason for housing homeless people, an analysis of figures recorded by councils show.

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Birmingham CCGs issue tender for joined up mental health service

Commissioners in Birmingham are appealing for consortium bids to run a new joined up mental health service for children, adolescents and young adults, potentially worth some £100m.

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£4.7m funding for depression study

A study into the causes of clinical depression is being given £4.7m in the hope that new treatments can be developed.

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Equality for mental health urged

People with mental illnesses and intellectual disabilities are dying earlier as a result of a failure to address their needs by the NHS, the doctors’ union has warned.

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Live Q&A: mental health and unemployment

Find out how Oxfordshire is helping service users back into work

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NHS patient safety figures released

More than 40,000 patients suffered “significant” harm while cared for in the NHS in England during a six-month period last year, new figures show.

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Respect, dignity and compassion to become mandatory for NHS training posts

New recruits to NHS training posts will be expected to pass a “values-based” test from next year in a bid to embed respect, dignity and compassion in future workforces.

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Patients given anti-psychotic drugs

More than two thirds of inpatients with learning disabilities in specialist units are given anti-psychotic medication, a census commissioned in response to the Winterbourne View Hospital scandal has shown.

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London CCGs map out future of mental health commissioning

Network is supporting mental health leads

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Clinical practice: key to meeting the NHS's energy targets

A survey of sustainability shows an awareness gap among clinicians

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Off the page: profiles improve person centred care

Pen portraits of patients and staff to build trust

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Practice makes perfect: the benefits of mental health training

CCGs need to better organise nurse training

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