Patients with severe mental illness waiting two years for treatment

Patients with serious mental health problems are waiting up to two years for ‘vital’ treatment, according to the BMA. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) were sent to 207 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and 54 mental health trusts in England. Of the 183 CCGs that responded,…...

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Private memory assessment clinic opens

A private memory assessment clinic for patients wanting to fast-track a dementia diagnosis has opened at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Northampton. The new Memory Assessment Clinic (MAC) opened on 1 February and provides access to a fast diagnostic and assessment process for patients experiencing memory…...

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One in ten specialist mental health posts vacant

One in ten posts in specialist mental health services are vacant and Brexit could make recruitment more difficult, the Mental Health Network (MHN) has said. The organisation, which is part of the NHS Confederation, warned that as well as workforce mental health, research is likely to…...

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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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Spending gap putting pressure on mental health services

Mental health workers are under pressure as the spending gap between NHS mental health services and NHS acute hospitals widened last year, according to a report by The King’s Fund. The number of nurses has fallen 13% since 2009, with one in 10 specialist mental…...

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CQC slams independent mental health providers’ use of locked rehab

A far-reaching report on the state of mental health services in England published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns over the use of locked rehabilitation wards in the independent sector. The healthcare watchdog said that although quality on locked rehabilitation wards…...

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Ellern Mede opens new hospital in London

Eating disorder specialist Ellern Mede has opened an 11-bed purpose designed hospital for private patients in Barnet, North London. The new facility will offer advanced treatment programmes for children and adolescents aged eight to 18 with anorexia nervosa and young adults aged up to 30…...

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