1. Acute and mental health trusts to combine leadership teams

    An acute trust and a community and mental health trust will create a joint executive management team after agreeing to “formal collaboration”.
  2. Mental health is a Cinderella no more

    This is HSJ’s new fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Feedback and comments are welcome, so please feel free to email me in confidence.
  3. Exclusive: Three trusts set to merge by October

    Three trusts in the West Midlands are set to merge to create one of the biggest mental health and community trusts in the country, HSJ can reveal.
  4. Exclusive: 11 providers given £300m commissioning budget

    A second wave of providers has been chosen to take on new commissioning powers for tertiary mental health services, HSJ can reveal.
  5. Mental health workforce needs “greater than” PM’s promise

    The mental health sector will need to recruit more than 10,000 extra staff to deliver on commitments made in the Five Year Forward View NHS England’s mental health director Claire Murdoch has told HSJ.
  6. Mental health 'must be protected' from capped expenditure savings drive

    NHS regions subject to the capped expenditure process drive should not attempt to reduce their financial deficits by targeting mental health, the sector’s national director Claire Murdoch has claimed.
  7. Mapped: Cash-strapped CCGs fail to hit spending standard

    EXCLUSIVE: Commissioners facing deficits or struggling to balance their books are the most likely to be failing to meet the national mental health spending mandate.
  8. Queen's speech: Doubt over promised health reforms

    The government has no firm plan for any new health and social care legislation in the next two years, potentially leaving its new healthcare safety investigation agency without the powers to underpin its work.
  9. The money follows the patient... and other lessons from Alzira

    Nishma Manek and Alex Till on three secrets to the success of a publicly funded health system delivered in Spain by a private provider
  10. Exclusive: Regulator expands national mental health team

    NHS Improvement has recruited five new members to its mental health team.
  11. Mental health beds shortfall puts patients at 'intolerable' risk

     Commissioners are planning to spend millions of pounds on extra acute mental health services, after shortfalls in beds in a controversial new service placed patients at “intolerable” risk.
  12. Mental Health Matters: The genie is out of the bottle

    This is HSJ’s new fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Feedback and comments are welcome, so please feel free to email me in confidence.
  13. Humbled Tories will still take risks on NHS reform

    Today’s election result has made a fool of Theresa May. But while expectations have been utterly confounded, we continue to have a just about viable Conservative government, with a programme resembling something like status quo for the health service.
  14. Regulator called in to settle trust’s multimillion pound rent dispute

    NHS Improvement has been brought in to resolve a dispute between NHS Property Services and an NHS trust that claims it faces being made liable for maintenance costs worth more than 15 per cent of its income.
  15. Analysis: Mental health services with the biggest leadership and safety risks

    There is a statistically significant link between serious safety concerns and the quality of leadership in England’s mental health services, an HSJ investigation reveals.
  16. Vanguard extends training programme into neighbouring regions

    An urgent and emergency care vanguard in the North East is rolling out its mental health crisis care training scheme across more regions.
  17. Mental health trust prosecuted after nurses attacked

    The Health and Safety Executive is prosecuting a mental health trust after two nurses were attacked by a patient, it has been confirmed to HSJ.
  18. New chair appointed at scandal hit trust

    The largest mental and community health services trust in the country has appointed a new chair, after being without a permanent chair for over a year.
  19. Mental health crisis unit fails to hit admission target

    A pioneering new assessment suite for people suffering a mental health crisis missed its target for reducing hospital admissions during the winter.
  20. CCG chief officer leaving to lead foundation trust

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group chief officer Tracy Dowling is leaving to head up the area’s mental health and community care provider.