Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

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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.


Trust must pay out after losing trademark court battle

One of the country’s biggest mental health trusts faces paying tens of thousands of pounds in legal costs after losing a court battle over the name of one of its services.

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Mental health budget worth £1.9bn 'to be devolved'

Mental health specialised commissioning will be fully devolved to providers within the next three years, according to the chief executive of a major mental health trust.

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Best of 2018: HSJ's top mental health stories

As the year draws to an end, we look back on the 10 most-read stories from the mental health sector. These include the announcement of two trust chiefs stepping down and a merger to create the biggest mental health and community trust in the country being delayed

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Mental Health Matters: Coroners warn of underfunding

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

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Trust in £100,000 court battle over alleged trademark breach

A mental health trust has been taken to court after being accused of breaching a trademark over its name for a specialist service.


Mental health trust announces new chief executive

A large mental health trust has announced the appointment of a new chief executive.

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Revealed: Hundreds of children wait more than a year for specialist help

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.

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Top trust chief executive retires

John Short, chief executive at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust, has announced his retirement after six years at the helm.

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Staff transferred after trust withdraws from controversial consortium

A West Midlands trust has withdrawn from a controversial mental health consortium to focus on its sustainability and transformation partnership.

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NHSI: Sacking leaders and quick savings 'endanger improvement'

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.

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CQC praises rapid turnaround of 'inadequate' service

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.


Birmingham trusts plan new partnership to fix CAMHS

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.