Behind closed doors

The use of locked rehabilitation in the independent sector is coming under increasing scrutiny. As the CQC prepares to publish its in-depth report on these services Ann McGauran asks how providers should address the regulator’s concerns Locked rehabilitation offers an alternative to low secure mental…...

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Demand in mind

Independent mental health hospitals are enjoying sustained growth as the NHS increasingly turns to outsourcing to fill the gaps in in-house provision left by lack of capital, lack of staff and lack of appetite to develop new services, according to the latest research from LaingBuisson…...

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Families facing long waits for CAMHS, says CQC

Children and young people are being denied access to mental health services because of an overly complex and fragmented system using incomprehensive and out-of-date data, according to the CQC. In the first phase of its government-commissioned review of child and adolescent mental health services, the…...

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Body and mind: should insurers cover both?

Providers of Private Medical Insurance are divided as to how and whether they should cover mental health conditions but some providers are ahead of the game – slightly, as Stephanie Spicer discovers As coverage of the nation’s mental health increasingly hits the headlines, the spotlight…...

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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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St Andrew’s opens women’s PICU

St Andrew’s Healthcare has opened a ten-bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) for female patients at its site in Northampton. The new Bayley unit will support women aged over 18, who are suffering from very severe, acute mental health problems. Developed to meet local demand,…...

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