Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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The NHS and its partners must 'take risks' to improve care for children

For healthcare to truly improve the overall outcomes of children and young people health issues must be addressed holistically alongside factors like safety, wellbeing, and access to education, training and skills. By Rukshana Kapasi

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Mental Health Matters: ‘A culture of risk taking’

HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.


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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What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?

The coronavirus pandemic has brought in a remote working revolution in the NHS, which brings with it new challenges and opportunities. An HSJ webinar, supported by IBM, explored this key issue.

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Leaked emails raise flag on ‘extremely concerning’ bed shortage

‘Systemic’ problems within mental health services in Birmingham have caused the number of people waiting for an inpatient bed to reach ‘extremely concerning’ levels, according to documents leaked to HSJ.

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Webinar: What does a growing need for remote working mean for the NHS?

David Probert, the chief executive of Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust, was among the panellists for an HSJ webinar that explored what a growing need for remote working means for the NHS.

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City plans ‘integrated care system for mental health’

Local mental health commissioning may be transferred to NHS providers under a new contract in one of the UK’s biggest cities.

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Executives all white in city where 40pc of population is BAME

Every current executive director at the five NHS trusts in Birmingham is white, despite more than 40 per cent of the city’s population being from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background.

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Incoming HEE chief: ‘White leaders under pressure’ to prove black lives matter

The NHS must directly confront the issue of “white privilege”, take responsibility for the fact that some from a minority ethnic background believe the service contains “racist” organisations, and stop looking for reasons not to tackle discrimination, leading NHS figures have told HSJ.

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Exclusive: Senior doctors warned of service failings before 12 deaths

Senior doctors repeatedly raised concerns over safety and staffing problems at a mental health trust before a cluster of 12 deaths, an HSJ investigation has found.


Trust chief: I have been ‘culpable’ and ‘complicit’ on BAME issues

A trust chief has told staff she has been “culpable” and “complicit” when it comes to understanding the inequality and discrimination faced by black, Asian and minority ethnic people.

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‘Unprecedented’ number of DNR orders for learning disabilities patients

A learning disability care provider said it has received an “unprecedented” number of do not resuscitate forms from doctors that it believes to be illegal.

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Staff survey: Best and worst for mental health

Staff working for mental health and learning disability providers remain the least likely to say they are happy with the standard of care offered by their organisation – although there has been a slight improvement.

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Trust and telecoms giant may use patient phone data to predict crises

A Spanish corporation and an NHS trust are researching whether patients’ mobile data could be used to predict mental health crises.

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Manager wins short-staffing whistleblowing case

A manager has won his employment tribunal against a patient transport company he alleged had misled clients over staffing.

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Coroners warn city’s patients at risk from communication failure

Patients experiencing a mental health crisis in Birmingham are at risk as the police, mental health trust and the city council are not working together or communicating, coroners have warned.


Commissioners reject funding request for in demand service

Commissioners in the West Midlands have rejected a request for additional mental health funding, despite an increase in case loads and concerns raised over patient safety.

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Mental health trusts reporting high levels of violence

Mental health trusts are continuing to experience higher than average incidences of violence against staff, the NHS staff survey has shown.


Mental health trust appoints new chief

An East Midlands mental health trust has announced it has appointed a new chief executive.


Third of mental health trusts did not bid for STP capital

A third of mental health trusts did not bid for any capital funding through their sustainability and transformation partnership, HSJ can reveal.