Hundreds of young people assessed as needing specialist mental health treatment have been made to wait more than a year, an investigation by HSJ can reveal.
John Short, chief executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, has announced his retirement after six years at the helm.
A West Midlands trust has withdrawn from a controversial mental health consortium to focus on its sustainability and transformation partnership.
Sacking leaders when mistakes are made and “salami slicing” budgets to make quick savings “endanger improvement” and risk system failure in mental health, a new NHS Improvement report says.
A children’s mental health service previously rated inadequate has been turned around in less than year with the Care Quality Commission now judging it as good.
Child mental health services in Birmingham and Solihull are set to be redesigned for the second time in two years, in another bid to remove unnecessary fragmentation in the system.
HSJ has identified 19 providers that have already established a subsidiary company to manage their estate, plus 16 that have told staff they are considering the move.
Six mental health trusts are being lined up for the next wave of NHS England’s flagship effort to digitalise providers.
A large mental health trust is resisting a requirement from the Care Quality Commission to drop blanket patient searches as it would put people at risk from knife crime.
A mental health inpatient was left to sleep on chair for a week in a unit intended to keep people for no more than 12 hours.
One of the most advanced national vanguard projects has decided to form a multispecialty community provider through an alliance agreement rather than go out to procurement as it “would take longer”.
The country’s only mental health vanguard is preparing to launch the first bed management system across multiple trusts, to halve the number of patients being sent out of area.
Birmingham and Solihull’s merging clinical commissioning groups have appointed their first joint chief executive on an interim basis, after failing to find a permanent candidate.
Commissioners are planning to spend millions of pounds on extra acute mental health services, after shortfalls in beds in a controversial new service placed patients at “intolerable” risk.
A coroner has raised concerns about the lack of coordination in mental health services for young people in Birmingham, after a patient under NHS care was found hanged.
More than 150 new inpatient beds for children and young people with mental health problems will be available by 2019, NHS England said today.
Dame Julie Moore is to be confirmed as the new lead for the Birmingham and Solihull sustainability and transformation plan.
The risk of a patient taking their life is “high” in West Midlands’ mental health trusts due to a shortage of acute beds, the Care Quality Commission has warned.
Fourteen mental health trusts are vying to secure up to £5m of central funding as part of the digital exemplars programme, HSJ understands.