1. New hospital put on hold by financially struggling CCG

    A clinical commissioning group that slipped from outstanding to requires improvement last month has put plans for a new £16m mental health hospital on hold.
  2. Ward remains 'temporarily' closed after police investigation

    A Bristol dementia ward has been “temporarily” closed for two months after a police investigation into the possible ill treatment of a patient.
  3. Chief executive denies trust merger rumours

    The chief executive of a mental health trust in the West Midlands has quashed rumours that her organisation plans to merge with major community and mental health providers.
  4. Vanguard launching first bed management system across trusts

    The country’s only mental health vanguard is preparing to launch the first bed management system across multiple trusts, to halve the number of patients being sent out of area.
  5. Exclusive: Warning dementia care could 'slip back'

    Dementia diagnosis and care could go backwards after being deprioritised by the NHS nationally, campaigners have warned, as new ratings show some areas slipping.
  6. Sign up to HSJ's new mental health expert briefing

    HSJ has launched a new fortnightly expert briefing covering the mental health sector.
  7. Clinical staff need not be based exclusively in hospital

    It’s time we introduced more flexibility and innovation in helping mental health service users, writes Rachael Byrne
  8. Mental Health Matters: The acid test for the government's mental health promises

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  9. How accommodation based support is achieving the aims of transforming care

    Those with complex learning disabilities inappropriately living in secure units should be capable of independent living, writes Chris Hampson
  10. STPs told to lead push for more mental health staff

    Every sustainability and transformation partnership will have to draw up mental health workforce plans and appoint a senior leader to deliver them.
  11. Government promises 20,000 new posts in mental health

    The government today announced it would create 21,000 new posts in the mental health sector by 2020-21, building on its previous commitments.
  12. GPs oppose 'huge and unwieldy' STP plans

    GPs in North Staffordshire have said they want to see a new multispecialty community provider set up for the region instead of the larger organisation covering the whole county outlined in its sustainability and transformation partnership.
  13. Mental Health Matters: From cash flow holes to workforce woes

    This is HSJ’s new fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  14. Tribunal backs CQC in row over 'shaping the market'

    A tribunal has backed the Care Quality Commission after a legal challenge accusing it of acting “outside of its powers” in refusing to register a new learning disability facility.
  15. Exclusive: Financial pressure should not stop quality improvement, says report

    Quality improvement is not a “pipedream” for mental health providers despite the current financial climate, a new King’s Fund report has concluded.
  16. 'Too much poor care' in mental health providers

    The Care Quality Commission is to “strengthen” its policy on using restraint in mental health services following a new report into the sector’s performance.
  17. Reports of tariff’s death are greatly exaggerated

    The shift of many organisations away from activity based payment models may seem like the death knell for national tariffs but this is not the case, says Paul Healy
  18. CCGs avoid tender process with £57m contract award

    Two incumbent community providers have been named as the lead contractors for a new £57m out of hospital services model proposed for Coventry and Warwickshire.
  19. Following the Money: NHSI and NHSE see things differently

    HSJ’s email briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black
  20. Trusts set up joint board in move towards accountable care system

    An acute trust and a mental health and community provider have set up a joint board in a significant step towards closer working and the creation of an accountable care system.