1. Mental Health Matters: Leading from the front or just paying lip service

    A new fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  2. CCG and council tender £620m alliance contract

    South London commissioners have tendered a new alliance contract for adult mental health services worth up to £650m over 10 years, which aims to eventually generate efficiency savings worth 15 per cent.
  3. New care models need the right organisational delivery model

    New organisational forms, planned and developed locally, will help to make integrated care the norm
  4. Inquest prompts police probe into inpatient deaths

    Police have launched an investigation into a number of inpatient deaths at an acute mental health unit, it has emerged this afternoon.
  5. New data shows work needed to hit eating disorder treatment standard

    More than a third of children with urgent eating disorders are not beginning treatment within a week as required under a new standard, NHS England data has revealed.
  6. Five lessons in transforming mental health

    Lambeth CCG’s learnings to help others drive a transformational change in mental health
  7. Mental Health Matters: The long road to recovery

    A new fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector
  8. Southern Health prosecuted for second time over patient death

    England’s largest community and mental health provider will be prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following the death of a patient.
  9. Potentially 'life threatening' gaps in care, independent review warns

    Disruptions linked to a new care model for Bristol community mental health services “may well have been life threatening”, a review into patient suicides and self-harm has found.
  10. PM pledges to scrap Mental Health Act in major reform package

    Prime minister Theresa May has pledged to scrap the “flawed” Mental Health Act and replace it with new legislation if the Conservatives are re-elected.
  11. Revealed: Trusts selected to run new mother and baby service

    The preferred providers of four new specialist inpatient units for mothers with serious mental health problems to stay with their babies have been selected, HSJ can reveal.
  12. New merger trust sets out five year savings plan

    Essex’s new mental health provider trust must deliver £43m of savings over the next five years to hit its business plan agreed with regulators, the trust’s interim chief executive has told HSJ.
  13. Independent hospital improves training in wake of patient death failures

    Staff at an independent mental health unit are being given more training in handling emergencies after a coroner reported a catalogue of failings which led to a patient’s death, HSJ has learned.
  14. Flagship service hits recovery target for first time

    The government’s flagship talking therapy service has achieved a 50 per cent recovery rate for the first time since its launch nearly a decade ago.
  15. Inadequate CCG 'disintegrates' joint commissioning with council

    A West Midlands clinical commissioning group, currently under NHS England legal directions, has dissolved the joint commissioning unit it had with its local authority.
  16. NHSI: Trust was not using national ligature tool when woman died

    A mental health trust unit was not using a prescribed national guidance to assess ligature points when a woman hanged herself from a tap.
  17. Mental health trust launches review of deaths in custody

    A mental health trust which runs prisons services is launching a review of the way it handles deaths in custody after concerns that such incidents are not being investigated in a “robust” way.
  18. Patient death reveals 'no coordination' between mental health services

    A coroner has raised concerns about the lack of coordination in mental health services for young people in Birmingham, after a patient under NHS care was found hanged.
  19. CCGs face mounting 'aftercare' costs for mental health patients

    Clinical commissioning groups are facing mounting costs for the care of people after they have been detained under the Mental Health Act, but many are not recording how many patients they have, HSJ can reveal.
  20. Why not a psychiatrist as NHS England medical director?

    A case for appointing a psychiatrist as the next NHS England medical director