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Mental Health Matters: Trouble in the Black Country


HSJ’s briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector, by senior correspondent Annabelle Collins — contact me in confidence.

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Former policeman to chair ‘outstanding’ trust


A former police officer has been announced as the new chair of a major mental health trust.

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‘Insufficiently curious’ leaders ‘tolerated’ safety failures


Leaders at a mental health trust tolerated high levels of safety incidents and accepted verbal assurance with ‘insufficient professional curiosity’, a critical report has found.


Exclusive: the trusts offering thousands of staff inferior pensions


Trusts are regularly denying staff employed by their wholly owned subsidiary companies access to the NHS pension and providing them with schemes which are significantly less generous.


HSJ’s 10 most read mental health stories of 2022


As we get ready to bid farewell to 2022, HSJ looks back at the 10 most read mental health stories of the year.

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HSJ’s 10 most read patient safety stories of 2022


As 2022 comes to an end, HSJ takes a look at its most read patient safety stories of the year.


Four in five trusts yet to reach digitisation target


Only one in five trusts has reached the level of digitisation required by 2025 – more than three years after the target was set, tech chiefs have revealed.


Vulnerable patients injured by 'inadequate' service


A troubled trust’s inpatient wards for people with a learning disability or autism have been rated “inadequate”, with staff criticised for resorting to restraint too readily which sometimes injured patients.

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Dozens of referrals for vulnerable mothers refused due to ‘lack of beds’


Dozens of referrals to specialist care for women with serious mental health problems during or after pregnancy are being turned down because no bed was available, data collected by HSJ reveals.

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CQC criticises outstanding-rated trust for ‘unsafe’ staffing


An ‘outstanding’ rated mental health trust has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for ‘unsafe’ levels of staffing and inadequate monitoring of vulnerable patients.

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Retired CEO to lead trust with ‘deep-seated’ cultural problems


A trust found by a review to have ‘multiple’ corporate governance problems and ‘deep-seated’ cultural issues has appointed a recently retired chief executive as its new chair.

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New chief appointed for ‘outstanding’ trust


A former deputy chief executive and director of finance at a mental health trust is taking over as its CEO, as its outgoing leader retires after almost 40 years in the NHS.


Leak reveals ‘40 new hospitals’ cash must cover rising costs of existing schemes


Spiralling costs at delayed NHS construction projects will reduce available funding for new “hospitals” promised by the government, HSJ has learned.

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Chief of ‘outstanding’ trust announces retirement


The chief executive of an ‘outstanding’-rated mental health trust has announced his retirement.

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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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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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HSJ80 full list: The most influential people in health


The HSJ80 lists the figures who will exercise the most power and/or influence in the English NHS and health policy over the next 12 months

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Exclusive: Top trust chief picked to head new NHS England ‘taskforce’


An experienced trust chief executive has been chosen to lead a national taskforce group charged with improving inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services for young people.

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Mental Health Matters: Where were the commissioners?


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