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Trusts struggle with growing backlog of uninvestigated incidents

The backlog of serious clinical incidents that need investigating is building up throughout the NHS, due to the impact of coronavirus and emergency service pressures.

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CQC removes ‘inadequate’ rating from key services

Inpatient wards at a mental health trust which were rated “inadequate” earlier this year have shown improvement, the Care Quality Commission has said.

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CEO of troubled provider calls out staff who ‘tolerate bad behaviour’

The chief executive of a troubled mental health trust has told staff that too many of them have been willing to ‘tolerate bad behaviour’, while praising a number of whistleblowers who have highlighted concerns.

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Trust with serious quality issues complains of CQC ‘disruption’

A trust which is the subject of multiple quality concerns has complained of ‘disruption’ caused by the ‘unprecedented volume of information’ demanded by inspectors.

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Trust apologises for ‘unethical’ code of conduct

A mental health trust has apologised for using an “unethical” code of conduct which required patients to “behave in a socially acceptable manner” and “refrain from committing severe acts of self-harming”.

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Trust ‘reviewing hundreds of patients’ after failings discovered

The suicide of a woman with severe mental illness has prompted a review into the care of hundreds of other patients, according to her family.


Review into series of ‘unexpected deaths’ identifies service shortcomings

A review sparked by the ‘unexpected’ deaths of 13 patients has found several shortcomings in the talking therapy services offered by a mental health trust.

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Wards at trust facing patient deaths inquiry downgraded to ‘inadequate’

Wards at a trust facing an inquiry over the deaths of vulnerable patients have been downgraded to ‘inadequate’ over fresh patient safety concerns.

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CQC orders ‘significant improvements’ at trust criticised over deaths

The Care Quality Commission has ordered ‘significant improvements’ from a mental health trust which has been criticised over the deaths of vulnerable patients.


HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2020

As we get ready to say goodbye to 2020, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

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Mental health demand could rise by 40pc warns NHSE research

Demand for adult mental health services could rise by 40 per cent according to research commissioned by NHS England and seen by HSJ.

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Hospital closed by CQC to reopen under new provider

A mental health hospital which was closed by the Care Quality Commission last year following the deaths of two teenagers will be reopened by a different provider.

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HSJ Value Awards 2020: Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative

Covering the populations of Cheshire East and Vale Royal (7,000 people accessing specialist mental health services), this redesign is centred on service users, providers and commissioners working together to transform services for people severely affected by mental health problems, to improve:

Therese Patten - Appointed Chief Executive of Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

New trust CEO promises to be ‘advocate for diversity’

An NHS leader who worked in health development in Zimbabwe, Somaliland and Pakistan has promised to be a ‘strong advocate for diversity’ after being named chief executive of a northern trust.

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Trust to open new hospital ahead of schedule

A mental health trust is opening a new £40m hospital today, a week ahead of schedule.

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‘Two to three years’ before we have enough staff, says trust chief

The head of a mental health provider has said it “could be two to three years” before staffing supply for child and adolescent services meets demand, following new criticism of its services by the care quality regulator.

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Trust chief retires after 34 years in the NHS

The head of a mental health trust in the North East has announced his retirement after almost 34 years in the NHS.

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Revealed: The trusts testing latest round of emergency targets

New mental health emergency care targets will be trialled across 11 NHS organisations and one social enterprise, NHS England has confirmed.

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CQC closes ‘inadequate’ children’s unit

An NHS children’s mental health unit has been closed down by the Care Quality Commission after being rated “inadequate” earlier this week.

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Private firms banned from 'lead provider' role

National leaders have banned private firms from leading new models of care for specialised mental health – following criticism of their involvement.