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PiC opens new rehabilitation facilities

Partnerships in Care (PiC) has opened two new rehabilitation units in Coventry and Leeds providing single-sex step down facilities for men and women.

Care management for older people with mental health problems

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2002 The Department of Health (DoH) has issued guidance for the NHS and councils on care...

£400m for 24/7 crisis resolution

The government has announced more that £400m for crisis home resolution teams that would deliver 24/7 treatment in communities and homes as a safe and effective alternative to hospitals’ for people with mental health issues.

CHI praises SLAM

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) August 2002 Changes made to mental health services in South East London have been successful according to...

Joint approach to prison healthcare announced

Healthcare Market News (News) April 1999 The Prison Service and the Department of Health have announced details of a partnership approach to...

Mental Health Act Commission makes second national visit

Healthcare Market News (News) May 1999 The Mental Health Act Commission has this month simultaneously visited 110 psychiatric hospitals, including the three...

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...

Priory de-registers Widnes hospital

The Priory Group has taken the decision to de-register its psychiatric hospital in Widnes following continuing issues with standards and quality. The Widnes hospital, which has offered mental health services to patients suffering from a range of conditions, was initially prevented from admitting patients from the North West because its previous owners, Hanover Healthcare, were involved in protracted issues surrounding the framework agreement with the North West Specialised Commissioning Group (see HMN May 2011). Priory bought the hospital with the intention of saving it from closure and the objective of turning around performance and raising standards, but has said it has been unable to overcome the historic difficulties within its target timescale, despite concerted efforts. Matthew Franzidis, chief operating officer said: Priory Group acquired this hospital in 2011 and has undertaken a holistic review of services and standards. The previous owners of the hospital were not able to gain the confidence of NHS commissioners and standards were not sufficiently high at the time of purchase. Priory Group places quality provision at the heart of its service and always regarded the Widnes hospital as a turnaround’ project. The company has deployed considerable resources in terms of expertise and investment but has been unable to resolve the issues to its satisfaction.’ The seven remaining patients at the 74-bed hospital will be found new placements and a consultation process has begun with staff. Priory said it would seek to redeploy staff wherever possible and was committed to a safe transfer of service users to new locations. Mr Franzidis added:Sometimes, when the culture and standards at a facility cannot be changed quickly, it is right that it is de-registered. The company has consulted with the regulators and other authorities on this decision.’ In July inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found that safeguarding incidents

Fifteen new Health Action Zones

Healthcare Market News (News) August 1998 An additional fifteen Health Action Zones (HAZs) have been set up, bringing the total number to...

Mixed response to Mental Health Bill

Healthcare Market News (Mental Health) July 2002 The government's Draft Mental Health Bill which will increase legal powers to detain of patients...