Mental Health

A fight worth fighting

13.12.17: Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe mental illness and argues we must do more to spread awareness of treatment. We have come a long w...

Cutting through the fake news

22.11.17: In an era of so-called ‘fake news’ growing alongside a renewed focus on reducing stigma around mental health, Paul Farmer, chief executive of Mind, tells NHE’s Josh Mines how journalists should be looking to cut through the noi...

CQC: Key community mental health services worsened since 2014

16.11.17: Patient experiences of community mental healthcare have worsened in some areas, with the overall landscape showing limited progress, a CQC survey has found. Results of the annual community mental health survey suggest that patients have not see...

Young MH sufferers being let down by ‘complicated and fractured’ system

27.10.17: Young people in England have to wait up to 18 months to receive appropriate help for their mental health problems, and find it increasingly difficult to access the services they need. These are the findings of the first phase of a governmen...

‘Significant role’ for NHS in mental health support in workplace

26.10.17: The NHS is well-placed to have a “significant role” in providing mental health support in the workplace. A report – commissioned by the prime minister –  has suggested that 300,000 people with long-term mental h...

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...

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Paul Turton, head of solutions development at NHS Supply Chain, looks at how trusts can unlock investment in medical equipment to alleviate finan... more >
A fight worth fighting

13/12/2017A fight worth fighting

Professor Wendy Burn, president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych), laments the current lack of public understanding about severe me... more >
Developing a wellness workforce

13/12/2017Developing a wellness workforce

The entire health and care sector needs to come together to prepare for a shift towards health creation, writes Merron Simpson, chief executive o... more >
The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

13/12/2017The future of the nursing workforce: what next?

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), argues that the evidence of the importance of prioriti... 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

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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

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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

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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 >

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