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Mental Health Patients Stranded in Units

Dania Hanif

Published: August 3, 2017

BBC News has revealed that mental health patients across the UK are spending years stranded in acute units awaiting discharge, with at least 91 patients having waited more than a year to be discharged and at least 7 patients waiting more than 2 years. The BBC Freedom of Information requests also show that at least 320 patients…

Jeremy Hunt Announces £1.3bn for Mental Health Services

Dania Hanif

Published: July 31, 2017

Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, has today announced plans to spend an extra £1.3 billion on mental health services, which will include 21,000 new posts planned for nurses, therapists, psychiatrists and peer support workers. Intended to help the integration of mental and physical health care, the funding will help to create 2,000 additional posts…

CQC Publish State of Mental Health Services Report

Dania Hanif

Published: July 20, 2017

Care Quality Commission have published their report, The State of Care in Mental Health Services 2014 -2017, presenting findings from their programme of comprehensive inspections of specialist mental health services. The report combines evidence from inspections and findings from their role of monitoring the use of the Mental Health Act, as well as analysis of data…

Government Tobacco Control Plan Tackles Smoking and Mental Health

Dania Hanif

Published: July 18, 2017

As members of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership, we have welcomed the publication of the Government’s new Tobacco Control Plan for England today, which for the first time prioritises reducing smoking among people with a mental health condition. Although smoking rates have fallen significantly over the last 20 years, they have remained stubbornly high…

NHS England Seek Feedback on Draft Toolkit

Dania Hanif

Published: July 17, 2017

NHS England are working with UCLAN (the University of Central Lancashire) to develop a toolkit for family support and involvement in secure mental health services, that will both empower carers and drive improvement in commissioning and service provision in the ways that carers are involved. Following a period of development and ongoing co-production, we are now…

Home Office Publishes 2017 Drugs Strategy

Dania Hanif

Published: July 14, 2017

Home Office have published the new Drugs Strategy, which sets out how the Government and its partners, at local, national and international levels, will take new action to tackle drug misuse and the harm it causes. Drug misuse is common among people with mental health conditions: research indicates that up to 70% of people in…

NHS Providers Publish Report on State of the NHS Provider Sector

Dania Hanif

Published: July 7, 2017

The new NHS Providers’ Report on the State of the NHS Provider Sector has found that core mental health services are deteriorating, despite the commitment from Government and NHS system leaders to address long-standing inequalities in care for people with mental health conditions. The report states that rapidly rising demand is overwhelming core mental health…

NHS England Announces New Sites to Redesign MH Services

Dania Hanif

Published: June 27, 2017

NHS England has announced a new tranche of sites to test new approaches to delivering mental health services – cutting the number of people travelling long distances for care. Eleven new sites will be tasked with bringing down the number of people who receive in-patient hospital treatment and for those who do need more intensive…

Mental Health in the Queen's Speech

Dania Hanif

Published: June 21, 2017

THE QUEEN’S SPEECH AND ASSOCIATED BACKGROUND BRIEFING Introduction by the Prime Minister – “As we work towards a new Mental Health Act, we will review the mental health legislative landscape and publish recommendations on where new policy could provide greater rights for those experiencing mental health problems so they can live lives free from discrimination.”…

Association of Mental Health Providers is looking for a new Chair

Edward Strudwick

Published: June 9, 2017

Association of Mental Health Providers are the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales. We represent our membership of small, medium and large providers – from locally focused to regional and national organisations with the purpose of providing a professional platform on which the vital work of…

TLAP's Care and Support Jargon Buster

Dania Hanif

Published: May 25, 2017

This week, our partners at Think Local Act Personal [TLAP] kicked off their Care and Support Jargon Buster promotion with members of the National Co-production Advisory Group. The award winning online tool offers plain English definitions of the most commonly used words and phrases found in health and social care. The product is relevant to…

Election Manifestos

Dania Hanif

Published: May 19, 2017

This week, the main political parties – Conservatives, Labour, and Liberal Democrats published their manifestos, sharing their party’s vision for mental health. With more than just a mention, as was two years ago, and all parties dedicating at least a chapter to the topic, it is a welcome step in the right direction and shows…