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RCOG: Maternal mental healthcare severely in need of improvement

23.02.17: Women suffering from mental health issues during and after pregnancy are being let down by the quality of care they receive from the NHS at present, a survey conducted by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has revealed....

BMA slams ‘wholly unacceptable’ mental health underfunding

08.02.17: The BMA has raised concerns about the underfunding of NHS mental health hospitals after claims that the budgets these trusts have shrunk by £150m over the last four years. Research conducted for the BBC’s Panorama programme by t...

West Midlands leads the way with ‘unprecedented’ mental health plan

01.02.17: The West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA’s) Mental Health Commission has designed an integrated action plan to improve the mental health of people in the region. The combined authority’s plan, ‘Thrive West Midlan...

Royal College of Psychiatrists appoints new president

25.01.17: The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), the professional body responsible for setting standards in psychiatry, has elected its new president, Dr Wendy Burn, in its triennial presidential election. Dr Burn, who recently served as Dean...

NICE urges annual mental health checks for learning disability patients

11.01.17: People with learning disabilities should receive annual mental health checks, NICE has recommended in new guidelines. Approximately 40% of adults and 36% of children with learning disabilities experience mental illness at some point, and sc...

Former care minister slams May’s ‘puny response’ to CAMHS funding

10.01.17: The former care minister, Norman Lamb, has slammed prime minister Theresa May’s pledge to overhaul the nation’s mental health services, calling it a “puny response to a burning injustice” surrounding children and adolesce...

NHS leaders hail May’s mental health speech but remain wary

10.01.17: NHS bodies, health charities and unions alike have praised Theresa May’s vows to transform the country’s handling of mental health, welcoming the prime minister’s promises to intervene but insisting that people want to see &lsq...

May promises new measures to support mental health

09.01.17: Prime minister Theresa May has promised new funding, reforms to the health service and efforts to tackle the stigma of mental health in today’s annual Charity Commission lecture. Last year the Mental Health Taskforce, led by Mind chie...

Private mental hospital placed in special measures

23.12.16: A private mental hospital has been placed in special measures after a visit by CQC inspectors found serious safety failings. Mundesley Hospital, which can accommodate 27 adult patients, opened at the site of the former Diana Princess of Wal...

NHSI approves Greater Manchester mental health merger

22.12.16: NHS Improvement (NHSI) has now approved the proposed merger between the financially struggling Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT) and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS FT (GMWMHFT), with the merger to take effect in...

CCGs still diverting mental health funds, despite parity commitments

21.12.16: The government’s pledge to ensure parity between mental and physical health services is at risk because CCGs are not using budget increases to boost their mental health investment, instead diverting funds elsewhere, it has been revealed. ...

Prevention strategy ‘insufficient’ as suicides remain too high

19.12.16: Suicides in the UK can only be reduced with more effective government action, an interim report from the Health Select Committee has concluded. There were a recorded 4,820 suicides in England in 2015, and the true figure is likely to b...

Lessons from Finland for NHS mental health

16.12.16: While many countries across Europe struggle to deal with a rising demand for mental health services, Finland is successfully improving service provision via a new online portal. Professor Grigori Joffe, medical director at Hospital District of H...

Bed shortages force English anorexia patients to Scotland for care

12.12.16: The NHS has been forced to send English patients with eating disorders to Scotland for treatment due to chronic bed shortages, reports have found. The patients, who are mostly teenagers and young adults, have been taken hundreds of miles fr...

CQC launches Mental Health Act investigation as detentions hit new high

01.12.16: Following a warning issued late last month, the CQC has now promised to investigate the rate of patients being detained under the Mental Health Act as the latest figures show detentions have continued to grow. Newly released figures from NH...

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07/02/2017Handling the pressure

Although NHS trusts have been feeling the pressure this winter, as demand on A&E services continues to rise and the financial challenge deepens, it is worth noting and applauding the professionalism, determination and resilience of the workforce in still delivering world-class healthcare.  However, as you’ll read throughout this issue of NHE, it is highly unlikely that our courageous staff can keep this ‘can-do&rsqu... read more >

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Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

08/02/2017Communication in the NHS: Who has control?

On behalf of the Patients Association, Nic Hart has recently penned an open letter to the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman in an attempt to keep pressing for answers around the 2012 death of his teenage daughter, Averil, whilst in the care of Cambridge and Peterborough NHS FT. Here, he writes about the importance of communication and co-... more >
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Transforming community care

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Chris Gregory, head of clinical systems for LGSS Local Health and Care Shared Service — a public sector organisation providing back-office ... more >
Maximising the value of public engagement

20/02/2017Maximising the value of public engagement

Jane Mordue, the newly appointed permanent chair of Healthwatch England, explains why listening to feedback from the public is much more likely t... more >
Time to value ambulance staff

20/02/2017Time to value ambulance staff

Alan Lofthouse, Unison's national ambulance officer, discusses the need for policymakers to address the rising rate of ambulance staff leaving th... more >
Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

20/02/2017Technology at the bedside: The benefits of mobile

Aaron Powell, chief digital officer at NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), explains why the organisation sees mobile very much as the future. ... more >

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Improving the flow

13/02/2017Improving the flow

Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire NHS FT, explains how his organisation has been able to improve patient flow through its emerge... more >
Leadership development should be for all in health and care

07/12/2016Leadership development should be for all in health and care

Back in August, Stephen Hart joined Health Education England (HEE) as the organisation’s new director of leadership development, which incl... more >
The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

03/10/2016The powerful link between staff and patient satisfaction

David Behan CBE, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), talks to NHE about the correlation between high rates of staff satisfactio... more >
Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

07/07/2016Dame Fiona Caldicott: We’re not quite ready for sharing back-office function on data security

NHE’s David Stevenson talks to Dame Fiona Caldicott following her much-awaited Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs. In the f... more >
Benchmarking what good looks like

01/07/2016Benchmarking what good looks like

Lord Carter of Coles discusses the findings of his recent review, the work of NHS Improvement (NHSI) and the importance of benchmarking. Dav... more >

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