NHS England back-tracked on its plan to slash nearly £4m from London mental health budgets in 2013-14, HSJ can reveal.
WORKFORCE: A West Midlands mental health trust has boosted staff numbers in response to the Francis report, recent board papers show.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Provider chief executives must be “system leaders” beyond their own organisations, the new chief executive of the NHS Confederation has told HSJ.
A “lost generation” of young people could occur if key mental health services are not protected from funding cuts, charities have warned.
The number of under-18s admitted to adult mental health wards or treated on them is rising, figures show.
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.
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.
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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.
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