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Seven trusts to drive digital mental health services with £35m investment

12.04.17: Seven trusts will become Global Digital Exemplars for Mental Health and receive a share of £35m to develop and roll-out innovtive technology for patient treatment, NHS England have confirmed The investment will also be matched by the...

Half of A&Es to have specialist mental health teams by 2019

04.04.17: Plans to implement 24-hour specialist mental health teams in almost half of A&Es across the country have been revealed by NHS England, who hope for the scheme to cover five times more A&Es than now by March 2019. The service is curr...

Three-quarters of CCGs failing to improve children’s mental health services

22.03.17: Almost three-quarters of CCGs in England are failing to meet NHS England’s benchmark for improving services for children and young people’s mental health, a report released by the Education Policy Institute (EPI) has revealed. T...

Government must act now to lower ‘unacceptable’ level of preventable suicides

17.03.17: The government must take “tangible action” and focus on better implementation of aims laid out in the Suicide Prevention Strategy for the policy to be successful, the Health Select Committee has warned. In a report, it concluded...

STPs a vital opportunity to harness mental health services, says NHS England

02.03.17: Targets for the Fiver Year Forward View (FYFV) for Mental Health can only be met through making the most of STPs by working with patients at a local level to ensure care is delivered effectively, a report released by NHS England has argued. ...

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...

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Health committee urges DH to draw up plan for post-Brexit uncertainty

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MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, arguing that they are unconvinced... more >

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22/03/2017New additions and unexpected announcements

As NHE went to press, many of us were still recovering from the chancellor’s unexpected health announcements in his last Spring Budget.   While the sector welcomed Philip Hammond’s revelations, centered on capital funding for advanced sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) and A&E triage schemes (page 24), the government failed to address the funding gap still facing the NHS.   Even the &... read more >

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Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Foreign patient charges are a distraction from the real issues

Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), explains why the charging of foreign patients distracts from our home-grown NHS issues.  The Dep... more > more last word articles >
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Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

26/04/2017Labour’s pledge to raise wages for ‘underpaid and overworked’ NHS staff

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will today outline a major campaign pledge to axe the NHS pay cap, saying that staff are “underpaid and overworked”. The change is predicted to cost the NHS around £1bn, however Labour say that this is the price the government should pay to show hardworking NHS staff that they ar... more >
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A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

11/04/2017A single approach for purchasing HCTEDs

Andy Leary, finance director of specialised commissioning (National) at NHS England, discusses the new system for buying and supplying high-cost ... more >
Filling the void and standardising security

07/04/2017Filling the void and standardising security

Jayne King, chair of the National Association for Healthcare Security (NAHS) and head of security, portering and reception services at Guy’... more >
Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

07/04/2017Fear barriers to help-seeking in the UK

Jon Paxman, 2020health senior researcher, explains why reducing fear barriers may be essential to promoting timely help-seeking, improving health... more >
Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

07/04/2017Considerable scope for improving how local areas tackle smoking

Amanda Sandford, information manager at Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), discusses the need to strengthen local relationships in tackling smok... more >


Tight timetable for nursing associate  regulation

28/03/2017Tight timetable for nursing associate regulation

Jackie Smith, chief executive at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), talks to NHE’s David Stevenson about the challenges her organisat... more >
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 >

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