Mental Health

Trust boss apologises for care failings of student found dead after fleeing hospital

17.05.18: Sussex Partnership NHS FT has issued a public apology about the care that Janet Müller received from the trust. Müller was “unlawfully killed” by Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw in 2015 after she absconded from Mill View Hospital...

Mental and physical health pilot cuts A&E admissions by two-thirds

15.05.18: A pilot scheme that integrates mental and physical treatments has improved mental health care for patients with physical ailments and, as a result, has cut hospital admissions by three-quarters, according to NHS England. Since 2016, the NHS has...

All women to have access to perinatal mental health services by next year

10.05.18: New and expectant mums will be able to access specialist mental health community services across the country by next April, NHS England has announced. The NHS will spend £23m on rolling out the second wave of community perinatal services...

‘Unambitious’ mental health green paper will fail thousands of children

09.05.18: The proposed Green Paper on child mental health is “unambitious” and “ignores hundreds of thousands of children,” government committees have warned. In a joint report, the Education and Health and Social Care committees...

'Lack of dignity and respect' for those detained under Mental Health Act, says government report

02.05.18: Treatment from UK services of mentally-ill people detained under the Mental Health Act (MHA) were deemed to have a “lack of dignity and respect,” according to a new report. The survey, ordered by Theresa May last October, canvas...

Research exposes inequalities in talking therapy waits

27.04.18: Patients with mental health problems can face waits of almost five months to access talking therapies in some parts of the country, according to new research. This ‘postcode lottery’ has been revealed by the House of Commons Library...

RCN seeks views on mental health parity

25.04.18: The Royal College of Nursing is seeking the views of nursing staff working in mental health or delivering mental health services. The RCN will be asking what could be done to make a difference, both in the workplace and nationally, to achie...

Women in quarter of the UK still can’t access specialist maternal MH services

19.04.18: Pregnant women and new mothers cannot access specialist mental health services in a quarter of the UK, according to the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA). According to national guidelines, women should have access to specialist perinatal m...

NHS Ombudsman calls out ‘harrowing’ failings in mental health care

21.03.18: A damning report by the NHS watchdog has laid bare a number of “serious failings” in English mental health service. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), Rob Behrens, analysed more than 200 complaints and highli...

Four MH trusts screen all patients for radicalisation, report finds

19.03.18: Applying radicalisation screening to all mental health service users risks “inappropriately stigmatising the mentally ill”, a report has warned. Research carried out by Warwick University found that four mental health trusts current...

CQC calls for improved leadership in mental health review

15.03.18: Strong leadership is vital to deliver improvements in mental health trusts, according to the CQC. The commission has today published a report exploring how seven NHS mental health trusts have made significant improvements in the quality of care...

CQC: Serious mental health sufferers face long stays in rehab far away from home

01.03.18: Nearly two-thirds of placements in residential-based mental health rehabilitation services are ‘out of area’, the CQC has found. The health and social care regulator announced the findings in a report published today, which warn...

Hunt pledges £25m to tackle ‘uncomfortable truth’ of inpatient suicide

31.01.18: Jeremy Hunt will pledge £25m today to tackle inpatient suicides, which he says are a “potential failure of care.” The health and social care secretary is expected to reveal details of the measures later today in a bid to e...

Major change required to combat rising mental health detentions

23.01.18: There is no single reason for the rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act which have been seen across England over a ten year period, and fixing the problem will require more than just changes to legislation. These are the findings o...

Funding gap could force mental health providers to prioritise some services ‘at the expense of others’

16.01.18: Figures released today have shown the scale of the widening funding gap between acute hospitals and mental health care providers, prompting fears that some services could be severely affected. A report drawn up by The King’s Fund conf...

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Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

24/05/2018Taxes must rise by at least 4% to prevent NHS deterioration as ‘no savings left to make’

A taxation increase of at least 4% a year is necessary to prevent “unnecessary costs, inefficiencies and uncertainty” and improve qua... more >
Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

24/05/2018Harding plans volunteering scheme for NHSI staff to ‘serve on the frontline’ during winter

The chair of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has announced that she wants to open a volunteering scheme for the organisation’s staff to experience t... more >
Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

23/05/2018Hawking-backed fight against ‘unlawful’ NHS privatisation reaches High Court

Legal proceedings will begin today at the High Court with a campaign group challenging the government over plans to implement accountable care or... more >

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25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated th... read more >

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Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now bey... more > more last word articles >

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Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

18/05/2018Data sharing to improve care: the GP potential

As sharing data across organisations becomes the norm in the NHS, will general practice embrace its potential to improve the care we deliver to patients? Rebecca Fisher, a GP and policy fellow at the Health Foundation, investigates. “I just assumed your computers talked to each other” is a phrase not infrequently heard in my g... more >
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The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

11/05/2018The NHS is at a crossroads, on a precarious path to a future yet unknown

Niall Dickson CBE, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, gives NHE readers an exclusive preview of what to expect at this year’s editio... more >
A different kind of medicine

02/05/2018A different kind of medicine

Could literature improve the quality of life of those with mental health conditions? According to Jane Davis, founder and director of The Reader,... more >
Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

02/05/2018Is the NHS ready for another WannaCry?

NHE’s Seamus McDonnell on the plans put in place to protect trusts and other NHS organisations from potential future cyber-attacks. In... more >
Janet Davies: Our future workforce

02/05/2018Janet Davies: Our future workforce

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), says ministers must accelerate progress to make nursin... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

24/01/2018Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

The NHS plays a part in the country’s wellness – but it’s far from being all that matters. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Pu... more >
Cutting through the fake news

22/11/2017Cutting through the fake news

In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief exec... more >
Tackling infection prevention locally

04/10/2017Tackling infection prevention locally

Dr Emma Burnett, a lecturer and researcher in infection prevention at the University of Dundee’s School of Nursing and Midwifery and a boar... more >
Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

02/10/2017Scan4Safety: benefits across the whole supply chain

NHE interviews Gillian Fox, head of eProcurement (Scan4Safety) programme at NHS Supply Chain. How has the Scan4Safety initiative evolved sin... more >
Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

25/09/2017Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, knows that the health service is already a world leader when it comes to medical advances – ... more >

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