40% rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act

The rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act may be are symptomatic of a healthcare system ‘under considerable strain’, says the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In the 10-year period between 2005-2016 and 2015-2016, the regulator said detentions under the Act increased by 40%, but…...

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Scottish Association for Mental Health wins £1.4m contract

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has secured a £1.4m contract to deliver a GP ‘link worker’ service in Aberdeen over the next two years. The contract, awarded to SAMH by Aberdeen City Health and the Social Care Partnership, will see 20 full-time link…...

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MH funding not reaching the frontline

Analysis published by The King’s Fund has found that 40% of NHS mental health trusts saw their income fall in 2015/16, despite government pledges of parity of esteem with physical health services. After examining the accounts of the 58 mental health trusts in England, which…...

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Only a third of sufferers receiving MH treatment

More adults with conditions such as anxiety and depression are accessing mental health services but still only one in three were receiving treatment, according to NHS Digital’s Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing. In 2014 37% of adults with these type of conditions were doing…...

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Children’s homes review finds value for money failure

Little investment has gone into developing best practice in children’s homes and there has been a ‘signal failure’ to obtain reasonable value for money when using them, Sir Martin Narey’s government-commissioned review into residential care has concluded. He found  that a dramatic shift in recent…...

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Committee concerns for autism waiting times

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) have expressed their concern after NHS England figures revealed average waiting times between diagnosis and assessment for individuals with the condition were two years for adults and 3.6 years for children. Hazel Watson, head of…...

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Dementia patients denied access to NHS services?

Research conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society has found that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing their residents with dementia timely access to services such as physiotherapy, continence and mental health services, leading to people being left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated…....

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Commissioners need to consider end of life needs says CQC

Providers and commissioners of end of life care do not always understand or fully consider the needs of their local populations, according to a new report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Its report A different ending: Addressing inequalities in end of life care, found…...

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Children struggling to access MH services

Analysis of children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) by think-tank Centre Forum has found that almost a quarter of those referred by GPs cannot access services due to strict eligibility criteria. The high thresholds are leading to 23% of children and young people being turned away from services, preventing early intervention – often the most effective treatment of mental health conditions and the government’s key strategy for people with mental health issues.

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