Mental Health

Calls for ringfenced MH budget as ambulance call-outs soar by 25%

14.08.17: The number of emergency ambulance call-outs for those experiencing mental health issues in England has risen by 23% in just a couple of years, with 30,000 more patients in crisis in 2016-17 compared to two years earlier. The data, obtained...

Children travelling up to 200 miles for ‘in-area’ mental healthcare

10.08.17: A major doctors’ group has today accused the government of misleading the public as it changed its definition for out-of-area beds for vulnerable children with mental health problems. The British Medical Association (BMA) raised conce...

Men twice as likely to suffer MH issues due to work than women

09.08.17: Men are twice as likely to suffer from mental health problems due to the stress of their job compared to other factors outside of work, new research has found. A survey of 15,000 employees from 30 organisations led by mental health charity...

Hunt’s plan for 21,000 new mental health staff ‘does not add up’

31.07.17: Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has today pledged £1.3bn funding to provide England with 21,000 more mental health staff, such as nurses, therapists and psychiatrists, to ease bed occupancy rates and reduce waiting times – but health le...

Are STP mental health plans destined to fail?

28.07.17: Norman Lamb MP, the health spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, warns that it would be a huge mistake to waste the opportunity sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) present to fix struggling mental health services and encourage parit...

Lack of beds forces mentally ill children into adult wards

27.07.17: Major concern has been raised about the declining quality of mental health services for children and young people, as it was revealed that overcrowding on children’s wards had led to under-18s spending 2,700 days in adult wards in two mont...

Manchester mental health to be transformed by £134m fund

26.07.17: Health authorities in Manchester have this week launched an enormous £134m action plan to transform mental health care in the area. The investment aims to put mental health on a “equal footing” with physical health, as wel...

Mental health providers urged to adopt quality improvement initiatives

21.07.17: Mental health providers have been called upon to adopt quality improvement more in order to make care for patients better. The call comes from think tank the King’s Fund, which states that while the practice of continually changing se...

Mental health care unsafe, restrictive and ‘overly institutional in nature’

20.07.17: Mental health care regulators have today warned that the system is “at a crossroads” as there is currently too much poor care and too much variation in quality and access of services. The safety of services was highlighted as pa...

Sector leaders call for mental health to be central to STPs

07.07.17: The health sector has today come together to call for mental health to be made a central component of local STP plans. Following the release of NHS Providers’ state of the sector report, which warned that mental health services were s...

Local MH workforce plan needed as majority of trusts worried about demand

07.07.17: Fewer than one in three leaders of mental health trusts are confident that they have enough staff to deliver existing services, let alone expand or improve services, a survey released today has found. In a major review of the sector conduct...

More than half of CCGs miss target for talking therapy availability

03.07.17: A total of six in 10 CCGs have missed crucial targets to make talking therapy accessible in their area to support people with mental health problems. Data released by NHS England has shown that the number of CCGs failing to meet the target...

NHS England launches £640m test sites to redesign mental health services

23.06.17: A new tranche of sites to redesign mental health services, with plans to cut out-of-area placements, has been revealed by NHS England. The 11 sites will look into bringing down the number of people receiving in-patient hospital treatment an...

A great place to work

16.06.17: The Walton Centre NHS FT has been identified by NHS England as one of only 12 exemplar organisations in the NHS for its work in health and wellbeing (H&WB). Mike Gibney, director of workforce, and Jane Mullin, deputy director of HR, tell NHE...

A time to complain?

13.06.17: A Freedom of Information (FoI) investigation by NHE has revealed that over the last five years ‘quality of care’ complaints have increased at mental health trusts in England. Josh Mines analyses the findings. Improving mental he...

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As you will have gathered from the front cover, a theme that runs throughout this edition of NHE is about empowering and involving the workforce in order to deliver innovative change across the system.  Professor Jane Dacre, president of the Royal College of Physicians, highlights on page 16 the importance of sustainability and transformation partnerships/plans (STPs) being implemented and delivered with clinical input at their cor... read more >

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