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Mental health

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Sudden hospital closure could delay major service transfer

REGULATION: A major transfer of mental health services between two providers could be delayed after the sudden closure of a psychiatric hospital in York.

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Royal Courts of Justice

Judge rules against forced life saving amputation for mentally ill man

A High Court judge has ruled that a mentally ill man with diabetes should not be forced to undergo a life-saving amputation by an NHS trust.

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Mapped: Acute care vanguards revealed

Thirteen bids have been chosen to take forward NHS England’s vanguard for future models of acute care.

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Broadmoor Hospital

Low staff morale and high use of restraint at mental health trust, CQC says

PERFORMANCE: Low staffing levels and an ‘unacceptable variation’ in the use of restraint at West London Mental Health Trust has caused the Care Quality Commission to call for the trust to make improvements.

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Norman Lamb

Exclusive: Norman Lamb to chair mental health commission

Norman Lamb will chair a commission looking at the links between poor mental health, public services and the economy, set up by local authorities in the West Midlands, they have confirmed to HSJ.

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Agency staff

Updated: NHS agency controls unveiled, but price cap pushed back

Price caps on the hourly rate the NHS can pay agency nurses may not take effect until December, after regulators received more than 100 responses to a consultation on the controversial plans.

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Thousands of mental health patients sent 'out of area'

More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

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Police officer

Thousands of mental health patients still detained in police cells

Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.

Samantha Jones

Exclusive: Vanguards urged to quickly become ‘battering ram of change’

The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.

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NHS England expects £150m rise in mental health spending

NHS England expects commissioners to spend at least £150m more in cash terms on mental health services this financial year. However, the Department of Health has admitted it will fall £107m short of its promised £250m target for investment this year in children’s mental health services.  

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Monitor refuses to investigate tender process despite concerns

COMMERCIAL: Monitor will not investigate the awarding of a £190m mental health contract in Yorkshire, despite saying the commissioner ‘could have done more to mitigate a conflict of interest’.


Struggling emergency care systems to get winter buddies

A buddy system for poorly performing urgent and emergency care systems will be introduced this winter in an attempt to help the ‘most challenged’ areas.

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Exclusive: Vanguard FT to take on GP practice staff

STRUCTURE: A foundation trust in a vanguard area is setting up a jointly owned ‘shell company’ with a local GP practice, and directly employing some primary care staff, HSJ has learned.

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Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

'Conflict of interest' claim over mental health contract

COMMERICAL: A Yorkshire trust has complained to Monitor about a tender process which resulted in the loss of a £190m mental health contract.

Mental health

Out of area mental health placements increase suicide risk, inquiry warns

The practice of sending mental health patients up to hundreds of miles from home for a bed should be stopped because of the risk of suicide, a national inquiry has warned.

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Board table

New chief executive for West Midlands trust

The chief executive of a North West community trust is to take on the top job at a West Midlands mental health provider.

Lord Crisp

Crisp: Mental health beds shortage actually a discharge crisis

A perceived crisis in the availability of mental health beds is actually caused by delayed patient discharges, according to an inquiry chaired by Lord Crisp.

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