Mental Health

Gaming addicts to be offered NHS treatment

19.06.18: Children with gaming disorder will now be able to get treatment on the NHS. The news comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised the condition as a mental health disorder. Adding the disorder to WHO’s International Class...

NHSI boss wants ‘radical change of thinking’ about ageing population akin to MH approach

13.06.18: The chief executive of NHS Improvement (NHSI) has argued the industry needs to adopt a “radical change of thinking” in dealing with demand from an ageing population, similar to that of the approach to mental health. Speaking at...

Mental health trust rated best in south west London by the CQC

13.06.18: South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) has been rated as the best provider in the south west of London, receiving a ‘good’ rating across all five domains assessed. Highly positive feedback from...

Therapy should be offered to trauma sufferers to prevent PTSD, says NICE

12.06.18: People who have been through traumatic experiences should be offered therapy within one month to prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a leading health institute has said. New guidelines from executive body NICE has said adults who...

Sexual assault survivors to receive lifetime of NHS support

05.06.18: Victims of sexual abuse will be able to receive a lifetime of mental health care, NHS England has announced. The plans come as part of a five year strategy to deliver a new package of sexual abuse and assault care across England, backed by a &p...

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...

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Paul Chrisp, programme director of medicines and technologies at NICE, describes how the organisation is re-purposing drugs in order to improve p... more >
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Dr Terry John, chair of the BMA’s international committee, gives his thoughts on the government’s visa and immigration policy and its... more >


Duncan Selbie: A step on the journey to population health

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Simon Stevens: A hunger for innovation

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