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Mental health

Norman Lamb

Lamb: Children's mental services 'stuck in the dark ages'

Care minister Norman Lamb said services available to young people are ‘not fit for purpose’

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Mental health funding cuts revealed

Exclusive: Analysis reveals mental health trust funding cuts

NHS mental health providers have slashed beds and staff levels as they cope with real term funding cuts and the soaring cost of sending patients hundreds of miles away for treatment.

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Revealed: The mental health trusts with the biggest income cuts

Several NHS mental health providers saw double figure real terms reductions in their income between 2011-12 and 2013-14, HSJ analysis has revealed.

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Mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for a bed

The cost of treating mental health inpatients in hospitals outside their local areas has spiralled, research by HSJ reveals.

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Inspection notice periods could treble

Hospitals, GP practices and care homes could see pre-inspection notice periods trebled under a new Care Quality Commission approach.

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Monitor signals the end of mental health block contracts

Monitor has signalled the end of block contracts currently used to fund NHS mental health providers as part of a major shake up of the national payment system due to be introduced next year.

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Norman Lamb

Lamb condemns 'shunting' of mentally ill children

A health minister has accused NHS organisations of “shunting” mentally ill children into specialist inpatient care for financial reasons.

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Big jump in private share of NHS community services market

The share of NHS community health service funding going to private providers has sharply increased in recent years, a new study reveals.

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Airline style briefings aim to improve patient safety

Trusts taking part in the new Sign up to Safety campaign will be asked to commit to giving patients “airline style” safety advice on their stay in hospital, a trust chief executive leading the campaign has said.

Geraldine Strathdee

Single online tool launched to aid mental health data models

Efforts to develop more sophisticated approaches to commissioning, funding and comparing mental health services could be helped by a new online database.

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Rob Webster

Non-acute leaders join Dalton review panel

Two healthcare chiefs with experience in the non-acute sector have joined the Dalton review panel

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Hollins urges action on learning disabilities care

Exclusive: Ministers will today be accused of failing to implement recommendations from a damning report into the care of NHS patients with learning disabilities.

NHS England mulls young people's mental health tender

NHS England is considering putting inpatient child and adolescent mental health services out to tender in a bid to tackle “out of area” placements for vulnerable young people.

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Monitor: 'Clusters' to remain in mental health funding regime

The regulator has sent a strong signal that using ‘patient clusters’ as a means of funding for mental health service will be maintained

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Bristol mental health contracts awarded

COMMERCIAL: Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group has approved plans to award contracts for its community mental health services to 18 organisations under a “system leadership” model thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.

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How to protect the 'second victim' of adverse events

In-depth analysis of suicide among those involved in NHS incidents

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London CCGs map out future of mental health commissioning

Network is supporting mental health leads

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Clinical practice: key to meeting the NHS's energy targets

A survey of sustainability shows an awareness gap among clinicians

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Off the page: profiles improve person centred care

Pen portraits of patients and staff to build trust

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