1. Trust unfairly sacked 19 staff after losing contract

    A mental health trust unfairly dismissed 19 staff after losing a community services contract, a tribunal has ruled.
  2. Workforce targets 'hard to achieve', warns royal college chief

    Ambitious plans to create 21,000 new posts in the mental health sector are unlikely to be achieved in the time limit, a royal college president has warned.
  3. CCGs lack skills to commission research

    Evaluations to assess impact of various public health programmes or mental health services are often under scoped and under planned, states Dr Peter West
  4. Exclusive: Mental health patients at risk in A&E, warns safety watchdog

    A shortage of trained staff to assess mental health patients in emergency departments is leading to inconsistent care and could have “severe consequences” safety investigators have warned.
  5. Trusts halt merger plans after NHS Improvement feedback

    Two trusts have stopped a potential merger after NHS Improvement said the problems faced by their health economy need to be fixed first, HSJ has learned.
  6. Exclusive: NHS England expands community care for high risk patients

    Providers are to be given the chance to bid for up to £1.2m to expand treatment for mental health patients who once posed a potential risk to the public, HSJ can reveal.
  7. Mental Health Matters: Look out for 'locked rehab' in 2018

    This is HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  8. Trusts battle to take over neighbouring provider

    An acute trust and a mental health provider in the West Midlands will compete to take over a neighbouring community trust after both were shortlisted as preferred bidders to run the struggling provider.
  9. Trust chief executive announces retirement

    The leader of a mental health and community trust has announced she will retire at the end of April for family reasons.
  10. What 2018 will bring for NHS patients, staff and leaders

    The NHS has known grimmer years than the one in which it will mark its 70th birthday, but probably not one that will feel as tough.
  11. 10 quick reflections on…2017

    Amber Jabbal gives a rundown of how the main events of 2017 affected the NHS
  12. Taking a cue about utilising data to enhance healthcare

    The Australians may have big ambitions, but we can match them, as long as we don’t over play the role of big data. By Marc Farr
  13. Outstanding trust loses £16m contract to charity

    An outstanding rated trust has failed in its bid to renew a five year health and wellbeing contract in Bedfordshire.
  14. New Southern Health boss says staff retention is top priority

    Tackling staff retention is among the biggest priorities for the new chief executive of a scandal hit community and mental health trust.
  15. Mental Health Matters: The next Forward View for Mental Health

    This is HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  16. Revealed: The surprising answer to fixing the NHS's A&E crisis

    This year’s HSJ100 highlighted the Mexican standoff between Simon Stevens and Jeremy Hunt over whether the NHS had enough money to deliver on its priorities – particularly A&E access and elective waiting times.
  17. Significant savings from mental and physical health integration pioneers

    Providing talking therapies to patients with long term conditions saved nearly £200,000 for physical health services in one trailblazing site, data shared exclusively with HSJ shows.
  18. Half of new winter money to boost provider bottom lines

    National leaders have agreed at least half of the £335m winter funding announced in the budget should support trusts that were already buying in extra capacity, HSJ understands.
  19. Stevens and Hunt in a Mexican standoff at the top of this year’s HSJ100

    Little has changed, yet much has changed. The same five individuals occupy the top spots in the 2017 HSJ100 as did in the refreshed rankings produced after this summer’s general election, but their interactions will be very different. By Alastair McLellan
  20. Exclusive: Mental health services get £18m winter boost to support A&E

    Mental health services are to be handed nearly £20m of the new £335m winter resilience funding to help take the pressure off beleaguered accident and emergency departments, HSJ can reveal.