Mental Health

DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

19.10.17: The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Places of Safety’ scheme plans to focus on helping people in the lead-up to potential mental hea...

CMA: East Midlands MH merger to negatively affect care for patients

17.10.17: CCGs in the East Midlands will be negatively affected by the merger of two specialised service providers. An investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) concluded that competition in male mental health providers would be &l...

Commissioners call for better integration of MH and primary care services

12.10.17: NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) has today launched a report to share best practice in embedding mental health into primary health care. The report, ‘Of primary importance: Commissioning mental health services in primary care’, hi...

Stigma leading older people to not seek help for MH problems, charity warns

09.10.17: Half of adults over the age of 55 in England experience common mental health problems, new research released today has uncovered. The study conducted by YouGov on behalf of Age UK has found that the scale of mental health issues facing the...

Mental Health Act review a ‘priority’, says May

05.10.17: Speaking today at the Conservative Conference in Manchester, Theresa May has announced an independent review by Professor Sir Simon Wessley into the controversial Mental Health Act, in order to tackle the “injustice and stigma associated w...

Mental health still has ‘long way to go’ before solid progress shows

28.09.17: NHS Providers has welcomed a briefing from the Centre for Mental Health and the NHS Benchmarking Network, arguing that it uses robust evidence to shed a light on the challenges faced by staff on the frontline – such as a “potent mix...

Doctors rue poor mental health funding as half of CCGs ready to cut budgets

20.09.17: Doctors have today slammed the government for failing to protect mental health funding as figures showed that 50% of CCGs are planning to reduce their proportional spend in this area during 2017-18. The figures, which were obtained through...

Mental health workforce needs ‘radical reform’ to meet patient demands

19.09.17: “Radical reform” is urgently needed to develop a workforce fit to meet the needs of mental ill health sufferers in the future, a damning report has today warned. Commissioned by NHS Employers and supported by Health Education En...

Over 50,000 children turned away from specialist MH services

18.09.17: Children suffering with mental health conditions are frequently not being accepted into specialist services they have been referred to, new research has warned. A new report looking into access and waiting times in children and young people...

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...

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MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

19/10/2017MPs to consider doubling penalty for NHS worker assault

A Private Members’ Bill which would increase sentences for people found guilty of assaults on emergency workers will be discussed on Friday... more >
DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

19/10/2017DH opens £15m fund for mental health crisis care

The Department of Health has announced a new £15m fund to help people in danger of having a mental health crisis. The ‘Beyond Pl... more >
Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

19/10/2017Government has ‘no choice’ but to spend on hospitals

The government must urgently put more funds into hospitals in the Autumn Budget, a new study has suggested. The Autumn 2017 Performance Trac... 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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The Refugee Doctor Initiative

The Refugee Doctor Initiative

Terry John, co-chair of the BMA & BDA Refugee Doctors and Dentists Liaison Group and chair of the union’s international committee, talks about a brilliant initiative that is proving mut... more > more last word articles >
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Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

18/10/2017Our Health Heroes: NHS awards ceremony unveils shortlist

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Make doing the right thing easy

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Dr Stuart Cunningham, a senior lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield, on a new app set to support speech and la... more >
The value of health creation

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Dr Brian Fisher, vice chair of the New NHS Alliance, outlines the many benefits of investing in health creation. We live in one of the riche... more >
Developing a new type of think tank

11/10/2017Developing a new type of think tank

James Roach of the National Collaborative Group explains how the new and unique think tank is moving from rhetoric to action in order to help del... 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 >
Improving care at the touch of a screen

08/08/2017Improving care at the touch of a screen

When it comes to dementia, having a calm and safe environment can have a substantial impact on a patient’s quality of life. NHE’s Jos... more >
A new approach to talent management

25/07/2017A new approach to talent management

Martin Hancock, national lead for talent management at NHS Leadership Academy, and Gill Rooke, the organisation’s senior operations manager... more >

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