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Mental health

Bob Alexander

Trust sector deficit deteriorates to £414m

The NHS trust sector’s financial position has deteriorated to an overall deficit of £414.2m, providing new evidence of the pressure trusts are under.

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Simon Stevens

Stevens: Room for more flexibility in the future of FT model

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested that there could be more flexibility in what constitutes a foundation trust in future.

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Opposition pledges to shorten mental health waits

Labour’s 10 year NHS plan includes an ambition to deliver further guarantees for mental health patients to receive talking therapy.

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Exclusive: NHS England to probe costs of seven day services

Financial consultancy firm Deloitte has been commissioned by NHS England to examine the cost implications of expanding NHS services across seven days, HSJ has learned.

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Nick Clegg

Clegg: Moving away from block contract is biggest change in mental health

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has said beginning to shift mental health services away from block contracts could be the most significant change the government has made in the sector.

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Monitor proposes lower threshold for investigations into FT finances

Monitor is consulting on lowering the threshold at which investigations into foundation trusts’ finances can be triggered.

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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.

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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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Planning guidance full coverage: next steps for the 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 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

Maureen Baker

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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London workers

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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Dementia care

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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