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  1. Trust apologises for ‘unethical’ code of conduct

    A mental health trust has apologised for using an “unethical” code of conduct which required patients to “behave in a socially acceptable manner” and “refrain from committing severe acts of self-harming”.
  2. CQC deputy chief inspector quits

    The Care Quality Commission’s mental health services lead is due to step down from his role this autumn, two years after joining, the regulator announced today.
  3. Community services given first ever waiting time target

    NHS England is preparing to introduce new rapid response targets for community services, starting in April next year, in a bid to reduce demand on hospital beds.
  4. Mental Health Matters: The impact of freedom day

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  5. Trust seeks ‘urgent financial support’ to meet demand for services

    A trust has warned it needs ‘urgent financial support’ from its local integrated care systems to cope with unprecedented demand for children’s services.
  6. Governance-scandal trust appoints new CEO

    A community and mental health trust whose previous CEO departed under a shroud of governance problems has appointed a new leader.
  7. Shake-up of ‘new hospitals’ project after construction capacity concerns

    The official leading the government’s flagship hospital building programme has admitted ‘the brakes have come on’ for some of the frontrunner projects, with some having to revisit their designs due to new requirements.
  8. The Health and Care Bill: A make or break moment for parity of esteem

    The Health and Care Bill gives us an opportunity to put our best foot forward in ensuring parity between mental and physical health, writes Dr Adrian James
  9. Black report on drugs is a wake-up call for the NHS and government

    Julie Bass shares her take on the recently published Black review on drugs, suggesting approaches to uplift the substance misuse sector
  10. Exclusive: Children six times more likely to be restrained than adults

    Children in mental health units are almost six times more likely to be restrained compared to adults, according to the findings of an unpublished NHS England review.
  11. Javid pledges ‘new plan on mental health’

    New health secretary Sajid Javid has said a ‘new plan’ and further investment will be needed to tackle the post-covid rise in demand for mental health services.
  12. Trust director sacked after investigation into bogus law degree

    A trust director has been sacked after it emerged he did not hold a masters of law degree, despite two annual reports stating he did.
  13. Troubled trust appoints new CEO

    A mental health trust has appointed a permanent chief executive after a previous candidate withdrew his application for the role following an inquiry into his qualifications.
  14. Mental Health Matters: No safe space for mothers

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  15. Hundreds of patients in hospitals whose use by the NHS is ‘hard to justify’

    Hundreds of people with learning disabilities or autism are in hospitals whose care quality is rated “inadequate” or “requires improvement”, new figures reveal.
  16. HSJ Partnership Awards 2021: Most Effective Contribution to Patient Safety

    WINNER: Oxehealth, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust, Oxford Health FT and South London and Maudsley FT: Improving Safety and Care for Inpatient Mental Health Patients
  17. HSJ Partnership Awards 2021: Best Mental Health Partnership with the NHS

    WINNER: Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust: Fewer Incidents and Better Care in Inpatient Mental Health Hospitals
  18. HSJ Partnership Awards 2021: HealthTech Partnership of the Year

    WINNER: Oxford Health FT: Improving Sleep on Inpatient Mental Health Wards
  19. FT chief stands down after more than decade in job

    Tom Cahill, Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust’s chief executive, is to stand down after 12 years in the role.
  20. What HIV care can teach us about treating long covid

    To successfully rehabilitate long covid patients, we should learn from existing best practice in long-term conditions care such as HIV, writes Charlotte Augst