The Liberal Democrats have criticised the role of competition in the health service, pledging to repeal parts of the Health Act 2012 and end the competition authority’s role in health.
The closure of two care homes has been blamed for a high rate of delayed transfers of care in Dorset. The local mental health provider is the only foundation trust in breach of Monitor’s target for delays, HSJ can reveal.
Chancellor George Osborne today outlined how a £1.25bn mental health funding package will be spent over the next five years, as part of plans for the government’s next budget.
Nick Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats’ spring conference the government will spend an extra £250m a year for five years on child and adolescent mental health services.
STRUCTURE:The leader of a provider recently granted foundation trust status has said that the organisation has been presented with an ‘exciting’ opportunity to push forward with new models of care outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View.
Trusts that opt to roll over 2014-15 national tariff prices to 2015-16 will still be able to agree local variations with commissioners, national pricing authorities have said.
NHS and local government leaders have this morning announced plans to join up health and social care budgets for Manchester worth £6bn, but insisted the deal is not a ‘town hall takeover’ of health services.
WORKFORCE: Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Sue Elcock as its new medical director.
STRUCTURE: Telford and Wrekin CCG is expected to decide next month whether to close a mental health unit in Telford that hosts inpatient facilities and crisis resolution teams.
Mental health trusts have complained their commissioners are disregarding national guidance requiring them to increase real terms spending on mental health in 2015-16 and help fund the delivery of new targets.
FINANCE: Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership had a surplus of £795,000 by the end of December - £251,000 more than planned.
FINANCE: Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group is predicting an overspend of almost £400,000 this financial year on its learning disability pooled fund with Walsall Council, largely because of high demand for inpatient beds.
Increased funding and more beds may not be the solution to capacity pressures in mental health services, according to Lord Crisp who is heading up a new inquiry into the sector.
Care for people diagnosed with dementia is ‘inadequate and still not fit for purpose’, three years after the government launched its dementia challenge, a new report for the Alzheimer’s Society has said.
PRIMARY CARE: A group of Hampshire GPs has teamed up with the country’s largest mental health and community services trust in a bid to create an integrated primary care centre.
Providers will be given just a fortnight to decide whether to sign up to a new set of ‘voluntary’ prices for the coming year, with concessions made expected to cost commissioners up to £500m.
COMMERCIAL: A consortium involving public, private and voluntary sector providers has been appointed preferred bidder for a £124m contract to deliver joined up mental health services to children, adolescents and young adults in Birmingham.
PERFORMANCE: South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust has drawn up an action plan to learn lessons from six historical cases involving patients who committed murders while under its care.
WORKFORCE: Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Ian Jerams as its director of operations.
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.