STRUCTURE: Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust has begun a programme to redesign its mental health services based on the concept of “value based healthcare”.
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.
HSJ tweets live from the 6 March 2014 meeting
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.
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.
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.
NHS England board member Lord Adebowale has described the policy of imposing cuts to mental health and community trusts, which are a fifth higher than those for other sectors, as “bordering on laughable”.
Efforts to develop quality indicators and a tariff payment system for community services providers have taken a leap forward after winning the support of the main national health leadership organisations, HSJ has discovered.
NHS England and Monitor have said clinical commissioning groups can set their own prices for mental health and community services following claims that there is an institutional bias against the sector.
The names of organisations that fail to comply with patient safety alerts are to be published online each month as part of a revamped warning system being introduced by NHS England.
Norfolk County Council is to take its social care service for working age adults with mental health problems back under its direct control after shortcomings emerged in the service which was run by a mental health trust.
The government has been accused of scrapping an annual survey of mental health spending because it highlighted funding cuts.
All mental health providers will be expected to implement a single point of access for patients suffering crises in the next year, NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health has revealed.
The care services minister has warned NHS England he may intervene to ask it to reconsider funding decisions if they undermine the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health.
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has urged NHS commissioners to “step up to the plate” on helping the government achieve parity of esteem for mental health.
Nick Clegg is next week expected to launch a national mental health action plan, advocating a further push towards “parity of esteem” between the sector and the rest of healthcare, HSJ has discovered.
The Care Quality Commission has appointed one of the founders of health informatics firm Dr Foster Intelligence to advise on how the regulator uses data to monitor health and social care providers.
There has been a sharp increase in the number of applications to use deprivation of liberty safeguards for people over the age of 75, it has emerged.
Healthcare leaders from across the community and mental health sectors have united against plans to cut the tariff price for their services by a fifth more than the reduction proposed for acute providers.
Mental health nurses are to be based at some of England’s police stations and courts as part of a new pilot scheme.
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Parity of esteem has been a big issue this year