Published: 15/12/2005 Volume 115 No. 5986 Page 27

Partnership launches service guide

A guide to integrated mental health services for older adults has been launched by the Care Services Improvement Partnership.

It emphasises that older people's mental health cuts across health and social care, physical and mental health and mainstream and specialist services and is 'everybody's business'.

A website hosting the document includes a financial and service mapping framework, details of a programme of seminars on the guide and factsheets for commissioners, providers, health and social care professionals and service users and carers.

Green light for Broadmoor

West London Mental Health trust has been given approval to proceed to the next stage of planning and organising the redevelopment of Broadmoor Hospital, after the Department of Health approved its strategic outline business case to build new wards, central services and office accommodation.

The 150-year-old facilities at the special hospital have been described as totally unfit for purpose.

'Our staff and working practices have modernised; this is our opportunity to modernise the environment, ' said trust chief executive Simon Crawford.

The work is estimated to cost£190m.

Charities publish helpline research

Mental health charity Rethink and the National Institute of Mental Health in England have jointly published research into the effect of mental health crisis helplines.

The study found helplines have a crucial impact on maintaining the mental health of service users, particularly in dealing with the risks of self-harm and suicide.

The study recommends greater promotion of helplines, provision of services configured to black and minority ethnic communities, and raising awareness of helplines as a 24-hour - rather than just after-hours - service.

Go-ahead for Swindon facilities

Plans to build state-ofthe-art mental health facilities for older people in Swindon have been given the go-ahead.

The new facility, set to open in early 2008, will replace accommodation at Victoria Hospital at the Great Western Hospital site.

East of England on alert

East of England mental health special interest group for has set up an information alert service for mental health and social care staff.

It provides links to all aspects of mental health research available via websites, the Department of Health and conferences.

An e-mail is sent to East of England mental health distribution lists and forwarded to local service areas.

The library believes it is providing a unique service by bringing together mental health and social care issues in a single publication.

HSJ readers can access background information and contact details on these pieces at www. goodmanagementhsj. co. uk/mentalhealth