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Mental health

David Bennett

Monitor chief supports 'significant' investment in mental health

David Bennett has called for a ‘significant reallocation of resources’ towards mental health to put it on an equal footing with physical health

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FTs will resist forced expenditure on primary care

Foundations trusts will ‘furiously resist’ any attempt to push them into ploughing their accumulated surpluses into primary care as envisaged by the NHS Five Year Forward View

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Priory Group sets sights on community contracts

A major private provider of mental healthcare beds in the UK is planning a significant expansion into the sector’s community services market

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Secure hospitals staff to strike

Staff at three high security psychiatric hospitals will strike on October 24 following a dispute with the government over health workers’ pay.

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Nick Clegg

Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter funding

Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government

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Simon Wessely

College president warns against clustering in mental health

Parts of the mental health service could be destabilised by the ‘cluster’ payment system proposed for the sector, the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.

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Martin McShane

Exclusive: Acute trusts told to abandon 'fortress' mentality

Hospitals that blinker themselves to the potential of working with mental health providers will usher in their ‘own financial demise’, the NHS England official overseeing the service has warned

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David Behan

CQC: System needs to improve 'patchy' response to poor care

Commissioners and regulators need to improve their ‘patchy’ record of supporting struggling providers, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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Council terminates £3.6m agreement with mental health trust

STRUCTURE: Norfolk County Council has ended its formal agreement with a mental health trust after losing confidence in its capacity to guarantee outcomes for social care service users.

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Further priorities for mental health waiting times revealed

Mental health trusts could be asked to hit a suite of new waiting time targets by 2020 at a cost of more than £130m a year.


Oxfordshire mental health contract will not go to tender

An Oxford trust heading up a consortium with five other providers looks set to win an innovative contract to deliver integrated adult mental health services

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Elderly BME patient

Croydon CCG creates £1.7bn plan for health and social care services

Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group has joined forces with its local authority to create a £1.7bn plan to change the way health and social care services for over 65-year-olds are commissioned.

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Mental health services need 'digital revolution', report claims

A national strategy for digital technology in mental health could help improve services, according to a new report that found few providers allow patients to book appointments online.

Paul Burstow

Lib Dems call for 'equality of funding' for mental health

The Liberal Democrats have adopted a policy of moving to ‘equality of funding’ for mental health services – a pledge that, if enacted, would move around £13bn of funding into mental health from the acute sector.

Nick Clegg

Clegg wants £500m mental health investment

The Liberal Democrats would seek to invest an additional £500m a year in mental health services if they formed part of another government, HSJ can reveal.

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Lib Dems reveal mental health funding boost and waiting targets

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will today announce £120m investment in mental health services and the introduction of waiting time targets for the sector.

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Three trusts end Capita HR contracts

Trusts in London and Merseyside have ended their contracts with Capita for human resources and pay services

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Systemic barriers hold back London mental health services, report finds

London lacks a ‘collective vision’ for improving mental health services, according to a new report by the King’s Fund which identifies systemic barriers to improving services in the capital.

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Mental health patients 'let down'

Almost one in three people with mental health problems do not know where to turn in the event of a crisis, new figures show.

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Mental health spending set for 1.4 per cent rise

Commissioners plan to increase their total spending on mental health services by £120m this year, a rise of 1.4 per cent in cash terms, HSJ can reveal.

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The care that still casts a shadow on patient experience

Getting the measure of mental healthcare

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Innovator case study: Dementia diagnosis times plummet in ground breaking project

The winner of the 2013 NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Dementia - worth £80,000 - has reduced the average diagnosis time from three years to four weeks. Here we explore Gnosall Surgery’s ground breaking project

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Tackling the race issue at the heart of mental health care

Why are so many young black men subject to compulsory treatment?

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Is 'zero harm' achievable for mental health?

Kicking off a culture change after Francis, Keogh and Berwick

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Ten tips for mental health services from primary care

How to improve access to treatment

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