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Mental health

Nick Clegg

Liberal Democrats commit to repeal competition elements of Health Act

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.

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Exclusive: Care home closures blamed for Dorset delayed transfers

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.

George Osborne

Budget round up: Chancellor outlines £1.25bn mental health package

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.

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Nick Clegg

Lib Dems pledge extra £250m a year for children's mental health

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.

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Ruth Hawkins, CEO of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

New FT to 'push forward' with new models of care

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.

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'Rollover' trusts still able to negotiate local tariff prices

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.

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George Osborne

Updated: £6bn Manchester devolution deal is signed

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.

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Dr Sue Elcock

Lincolnshire mental health trust appoints medical director

WORKFORCE: Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Dr Sue Elcock as its new medical director.

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CCG expected to rule on closure of mental health unit

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.

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Exclusive: Mental health providers warn of further funding squeeze

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.

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Trust surplus £250k more than expected after third quarter

FINANCE: Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership had a surplus of £795,000 by the end of December - £251,000 more than planned.

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Demand for beds stretches pooled budget for learning disability services

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.

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Lord Crisp: Money and beds are not the answer for mental health

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.

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Exclusive: Dementia care still 'inadequate', report finds

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.

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Trust and GPs bid to create primary care joint venture

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.

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Exclusive: Providers win £500m in new tariff deal

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.

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Jane Marsh

Updated: ‘Unique’ consortium wins Birmingham mental health contract

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.

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Trust pledges improvements after review of patients who committed murder

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.

Ian Jerams

Lincolnshire mental health trust appoints operations director

WORKFORCE: Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust has appointed Ian Jerams as its director of operations.

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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