Several mental health trusts have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions, HSJ has learned.
Hundreds of sexual assaults are reported each year on mixed-sex mental health wards in England, HSJ can reveal, highlighting the urgent need for investment to improve facilities.
The first NHS targets for reducing the disproportionate share of black and minority ethnic staff being subject to disciplinary cases have been set by NHS England, which has also told trusts to reduce unnecessary disciplinary action overall.
NHS England says the government should consider hundreds of mental health patients who are being treated in “distressing” dormitory-style wards when it determines future capital spending budgets.
Two London trusts have entered into a “strategic alliance”, they announced this week.
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National improvement teams are set to visit 25 mental health trusts as part of a bid to prevent inappropriate physical restraint and other “restrictive practices”.
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.
The funding regime that was introduced to stabilise the acute sector has resulted in more cash being funnelled into the NHS trusts that needed it the least, according to analysis by HSJ.
Twenty NHS providers accounted for almost £600m of deterioration against the trust sector’s financial plans in 2017-18.
NHS trusts ended last year with a combined deficit of £960m, according to accounting data published by regulators.
A mental health trust has received £53m from the sale of a large parcel of land to the Greater London Authority.
A consortium of mental health trusts has created a new central team to bring back out of area patients and manage beds for the footprint.
A mental health trust has appointed a new leader after its chief executive stood down last year to lead a neighbouring acute trust as part of a hospital chain.
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