Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Trust loses £85m contract for local services after winning work 200 miles away


A foundation trust has lost an £85m contract to provide healthcare services in its local prisons to a private company, after taking over the same services from the same company 230 miles away.

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The Ward Round: Managers in a uniquely tough position


Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, ensures you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping the workforce.


Almost all NHS detox units face closure without reform to 'precarious' funding


Inpatient detoxification units in England are warning they could close — causing possible increases in substance and alcohol related deaths — unless NHS England changes the “precarious” way they are currently funded.


Coroner orders closer working between five trusts after prisoner’s death


Five NHS trusts in the South West have been ordered to make immediate improvements after the death of a 20-year-old prisoner who needed healthcare.

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Patient restraint spikes as covid measures spark ‘frustration’


Several mental health trusts have reported spikes in incidents of physical restraint or seclusion on patients, driven by covid-19 restrictions, HSJ has learned.

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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.


Revealed: The trusts put on notice over risks to staff


NHS providers were given 40 official warnings because regulators believed they were failing to protect staff from violence, injury and hazardous substances in the past two years, HSJ can reveal.


Two-thirds of trusts failing to protect staff from violence


Around two-thirds of NHS providers were found to be breaking laws aimed at protecting staff from violence and aggression, when inspected by the Health and Safety Executive, information released to HSJ reveals.

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HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2019


As we get ready to say goodbye to 2019, HSJ takes a look back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

Trust fined £80,000 after it ‘ignored clear evidence’ of threat to patients


A trust has been fined £80,000 following prosecution by the Care Quality Commission for failing to provide safe care.


Trusts face ‘barriers’ to apprenticeship funding


Trusts are unable to take full advantage of subsidised training under the government’s apprenticeship levy because the scheme is not flexible, HSJ has been warned.

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CQC launches criminal prosecution of trust


The Care Quality Commission is prosecuting an NHS trust for allegedly failing to provide safe care to one of its patients.


Deputy appointed CEO of neighbouring trust


An executive from a neighbouring trust will take over as chief executive at Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust.

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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.

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Exclusive: Trusts 'limiting access' to psychosis services


Struggling community teams have resorted to “limiting access” to services for seriously ill patients as investment fails to reach the front line, an official report has claimed.


Mental health trust chief retires


The chief executive of a mental health trust in the South West has announced her retirement after 13 years at the trust.

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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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Revealed: 58 trusts admit they will miss financial plan


NHS Improvement has accepted formal revisions to the financial forecasts of almost 60 NHS trusts, according to data published today.


Ward remains 'temporarily' closed after police investigation


A Bristol dementia ward has been “temporarily” closed for two months after a police investigation into the possible ill treatment of a patient.


Potentially 'life threatening' gaps in care, independent review warns


Disruptions linked to a new care model for Bristol community mental health services “may well have been life threatening”, a review into patient suicides and self-harm has found.