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Mental health

Paul Baumann

Backtrack on axed London mental health fund

NHS England back-tracked on its plan to slash nearly £4m from London mental health budgets in 2013-14, HSJ can reveal.

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Robert Francis

Mental health trust boosts staff in response to Francis report

WORKFORCE: A West Midlands mental health trust has boosted staff numbers in response to the Francis report, recent board papers show.

Valerie Michie

Serco boss to head up specialist hospital firm

A senior director at outsourcing giant Serco is to step down from her role to become the chief executive of the Huntercombe Group, a hospital and specialist care centre provider.

Robert Francis

Exclusive: Robert Francis joins critics in mental health funding row

Robert Francis QC has expressed surprise at the decision by NHS England and Monitor to use his report into failures at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust as justification for higher funding cuts to mental health.

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Norman Lamb

Lamb warns against referrals for ‘gay conversion’ therapy

Health minister Norman Lamb has written to NHS England calling for reassurances that GPs are not referring gay and lesbian people to controversial practitioners who say they can “cure” people of homosexuality.

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Exclusive: Mental health providers in dark over choice rules as deadline nears

The government has failed to issue guidance on the operation of a new legal right of choice for mental health patients, ahead of it coming into force next week.

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Jeremy Hunt

Hunt safety plans 'will require frontline investment'

Providers will need to invest “significant” time in ensuring frontline staff can deliver the plans to improve patient safety which were announced by the health secretary last week, HSJ has been told.

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Norman Lamb

Minister: Mental health trusts should 'fight' over contracts

A health minister has indicated mental health providers should “fight” contracts with commissioners in cases where they would be “losing out” due to the greater price reduction for the sector specified in controversial national guidance.

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Jeremy Hunt

Hunt to launch patient safety 'movement' to halve harm

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to use a major speech in the US today to launch a “patient safety movement” aimed at halving rates of avoidable harm in the NHS over the next three years.

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Exclusive: More children who have self harmed on acute wards

A growing “hidden cohort” of children who have self-harmed are admitted to acute hospitals because of a lack of appropriate mental health services, according to a survey shared with HSJ.

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Rob Webster

Confed chief: NHS leaders must look 'beyond their own organisations'

Provider chief executives must be “system leaders” beyond their own organisations, the new chief executive of the NHS Confederation has told HSJ.

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Mental health service cuts warning

A “lost generation” of young people could occur if key mental health services are not protected from funding cuts, charities have warned.

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'More children' on adult wards

The number of under-18s admitted to adult mental health wards or treated on them is rising, figures show.

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David Nicholson

Nicholson: CCGs 'encouraged' to protect mental health parity

Clinical commissioning groups have received guidance to “encourage and support” them to deliver parity of esteem for mental health services, Sir David Nicholson has said.

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Mental health trust 'implementing value based healthcare'

STRUCTURE: Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust has begun a programme to redesign its mental health services based on the concept of “value based healthcare”.

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David Dalton

Duty of candour set to be extended to 100,000 incidents

NHS providers will be required to tell patients about all but the very least serious patient safety incidents under the new statutory duty of candour, if the recommendations of a government commissioned review are adopted into law.

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Malcolm Grant

Follow it live: NHS England board meeting

HSJ tweets live from the 6 March 2014 meeting

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Paul Baumann

Area teams told tariff deflator is non-negotiable

NHS England has told its local area teams they must impose a lower tariff price for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts. This is despite it previously indicating that clinical commissioning groups had the freedom to devise their own tariff level.

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Exclusive: Dismay over moratorium on mental health commissioning

An NHS England moratorium on commissioning new specialist mental health services has exacerbated the sector’s bed shortage and led to a newly constructed hospital unit standing empty for six months, HSJ can reveal.

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Exclusive: Mental health trust threatens legal challenge over tariff

A mental health trust has told HSJ it is considering a legal challenge against the decision by NHS England and Monitor to impose 20 per cent higher cuts for mental health and community providers than for their acute counterparts.

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Nursing home

Deprivation of liberty – guidelines from the Supreme Court

What constitutes a deprivation of liberty?

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Detective work: help patients with unexplained symptoms

New support group programme

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A closer look at mental health's transformation

What acute care can learn about change from the sector

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Trusts can integrate pharmacy into community care

Involve pharmacists in care pathways


Why wait to make psychiatric interventions?

Integrate liaison psychiatry into community care

Elderly BME patient

Dementia: the untold story of our BME population

More focused commissioning is needed for BME patients

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