1. Trust pleads guilty to health and safety charge over patient's death

    One of the country’s largest mental health and community trusts has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety law over the death of a teenage patient.
  2. Exclusive: Merger talks to create largest STP in the country

    Health leaders are in discussions over merging three northern sustainability and transformation partnerships to create the largest in the country, HSJ can reveal.
  3. Southern Health recruits new chief executive from neighbouring trust

    A scandal hit mental health and community trust has hired its new chief executive from a neighbouring organisation.
  4. Proposed changes to deprivation of liberty laws – what you need to know

    Hope Davis-McCallion explains the Law Commission’s ’urgent’ safeguard suggestions
  5. Trust agrees short term deal over £26m property dispute

    An interim deal has been struck between a mental health and community provider and NHS Property Services amid a row over liability for millions in estates maintenance costs.
  6. NHS funding concerns raised after patient's death

    A coroner has raised concerns over the level of funding in mental health services following the death of a patient in the East Midlands.
  7. NHS England urged to improve physical healthcare in mental health units

    A coroner has urged NHS England to improve physical healthcare support for patients in mental health units following the death of a new mother with post-partum psychosis in an inpatient unit.
  8. Mental Health Matters: The murky business of aftercare

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  9. Workforce shortage delays mental health safety checks

    The Care Quality Commission has increased pay for doctors carrying out essential safeguarding visits for mental health patients after a workforce shortage resulted in waiting time targets being missed.
  10. Exclusive: Mounting aftercare costs eat into mental health budgets

    The mounting cost of caring for people after they have been detained under the Mental Health Act is eating up an increasing proportion of mental health budgets for more than two thirds of commissioners, HSJ analysis suggests.
  11. Watchdog flags concerns about private health firms' merger

    The competition watchdog has raised concerns about the merger of two private mental health providers.
  12. Updated: The NHS trusts with the highest DTOC rates

    The NHS is unlikely to meet a government target to cut delayed transfers of care to 3.5 per cent of its overall 131,000 bed base by next month, analysis of official data published today suggests.
  13. Health secretary warned again over hospital access to GP records

    Jeremy Hunt has been warned for a second time about the potential harm to patients caused by the lack of patient record sharing in the NHS.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Sign up to HSJ's new mental health expert briefing

    HSJ has launched a new fortnightly expert briefing covering the mental health sector.
  20. 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