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Arm in arm: The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations

Dania Hanif

Published: July 24, 2019

Commissioned by the Association of Mental Health Providers, the Centre for Mental Health report Arm in arm, warns that voluntary and community organisations face numerous financial barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies. Smaller organisations are particularly at…

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New Report Published - Relationships Between VCSE Mental Health and Statutory Organisations

Dania Hanif

Published: July 24, 2019

Voluntary and community organisations provide essential support for people’s mental health that complements what statutory services can offer, but financial pressures are putting them under severe strain, according to preliminary research published today by Centre for Mental Health. Arm in arm, commissioned by the Association of Mental Health Providers, warns that voluntary and community organisations…

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Response to Prevention Green Paper

Dania Hanif

Published: July 23, 2019

We welcome the long-awaited Government Prevention Green Paper: Advancing our health: Prevention in the 2020s, published by the Cabinet Office, jointly with the Department of Health and Social Care, last night. With prevention being one of the Minister for Health Matt Hancock’s three priorities, it is a positive step to see the paper take a…

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Skills for Care Accolades 2020

Dania Hanif

Published: May 28, 2019

We are delighted to be supporting the Skills for Care Accolades celebrating adult social care providers and individual employers committed to delivering high quality care. Now in their 16th year, the awards are an opportunity to showcase your successes and celebrate your achievements with your team. Entering the Accolades couldn’t be easier, and it’s completely free.…

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Closing the Employment Gap Toolkit and Scoping Review

Dania Hanif

Published: May 28, 2019

Supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The Association has been working the Young People’s Health Partnership to develop a toolkit on Closing the Employment Gap for Young People and support a scoping review of evidence. Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain work…

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Response to BBC Panorama on Abuse of Vulnerable Adults

Dania Hanif

Published: May 23, 2019

The abuse of vulnerable adults with mental health needs, learning disabilities and autism at a specialist hospital, run by the private healthcare provider Cygnet, in County Durham was uncovered by BBC Panorama. The episode shown on the BBC last night, Wednesday 22 May, shows staff intimidating, mocking, restraining patients, many of whom have been detained…

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Joint Response to Whorlton Hall Scandal

Dania Hanif

Published: May 23, 2019

A joint statement by Association of Mental Health Providers, Learning Disability England, and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group following the BBC Panorama ‘Undercover hospital abuse scandal’. The BBC Panorama programme, Undercover hospital abuse scandal, is heartbreaking to watch. But there are sadly no surprises here. People’s misery and untimely deaths have been met with reviews rather than…

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Whole Prison, Whole Person

Dania Hanif

Published: April 23, 2019

Supported by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The Association has been working with partners’ Clinks and Nacro to develop a report on how a holistic approach can support good mental health in prison. The Whole Prison, Whole Person report sets out the key principles and recommendations towards developing a whole prison approach to good mental…

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Building a VCSE Consensus on Health and Work

Dania Hanif

Published: March 28, 2019

As part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers (leads of the Mental Health Consortium) has been working in partnership with UK Health Forum, Race Equality Foundation, and the National LGB&T Partnership in conducting a scoping and consensus building exercise to: Recognise what health and disability-focused organisations in the Voluntary Community…

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Guest Blog: Social Prescribing

Dania Hanif

Published: March 14, 2019

– Margaret Hanson, CEO, Imagine Independence #SocialPrescribingDay CEO of Imagine Independence, a 3rd Sector organisation promoting mental health and wellbeing, Margaret Hanson will be joining thousands across the country today (Thursday 14 March) to celebrate Social Prescribing Day. However, as a champion of this approach for more than a decade, Margaret is keen to explore why…

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CQC Publish Annual Report on Mental Health Act 2017/18

Dania Hanif

Published: February 26, 2019

Care Quality Commission have today published their annual report on the use of the Mental Health Act – Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2017/18, looking at how providers are caring for patients and whether patients’ rights are being protected. It has concluded that there has been an overall improvement in some aspects of care in 2016…

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Personal Health Budgets for people with mental health needs

Dania Hanif

Published: February 21, 2019

The Association welcomes the announcement today by  Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Care, extending the legal ‘rights to have’ a personal health budget for people with mental health needs eligible for Section 117 aftercare services and wheelchair users in response to the recent consultation.  It is estimated that around 100,000 people will benefit from…

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