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  1. Population health modelling is essential in driving effective pandemic response

    Population health modelling is helping us to assess the local effects on mental health of the pandemic - but strong national planning is needed to complement this, too, says Joe Rafferty
  2. Leadership Q&A: Surrey Heartlands

    The joint executive director for Adult Social Care and Integrated Commissioning is a key role both for the local authority and for health, says Surrey County Council’s chief executive Joanna Killian
  3. We are all in the same storm, but we are not all in the same boat

    It is more vital than ever that mental health services are not forgotten, but rather included at the forefront of the national response towards the pandemic, writes Asha Patel
  4. Improving mental health with digital CBT: bridging the treatment gap for insomnia

    In its efforts to address insomnia and improve mental health, the NHS is grappling with long-standing challenges that leave millions every year without access to therapy. Sleepio’s digital CBT for insomnia offers an intervention that is safe, effective, and scalable – and now proven to offer multimillion pound cost reductions...
  5. Named: The ‘provider collaboratives’ sharing £400m specialised services budget

    NHS England is transferring its £400m specialist mental health services budget to groups of providers in a major shake-up of commissioning structures.
  6. More mental health trusts will merge with acutes, chief predicts

    The development of the integrated care agenda will see more mental health providers merging with acute trusts, an experienced chief executive has forecast.
  7. Staff filmed ‘slapping and kicking’ patients

    Enforcement action has been taken at a mental health hospital for women where staff were filmed slapping, kicking and emotionally abusing patients, according to a new report.
  8. Hospital closed by CQC to reopen under new provider

    A mental health hospital which was closed by the Care Quality Commission last year following the deaths of two teenagers will be reopened by a different provider.
  9. Former minister appointed chair of major independent provider

    Former care minister Paul Burstow has been appointed as the new chair of St Andrew’s Healthcare.
  10. Mental Health Matters: A public health warning

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  11. Leading CEO calls for national funding as mental health referrals predicted to rise by one third

    A prominent trust chief has called for national support and “parity” for mental health as a new analysis suggests demand for services will increase by almost a third.
  12. The Integrator: End of the care home?

    Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by senior integration correspondent, Sharon Brennan.
  13. Recovery Watch: What constitutes a successful winter this year?

    Recovering services from the covid crisis is the big task for NHS leaders for the foreseeable future. The new Recovery Watch newsletter tracks prospects and progress. This week by HSJ bureau chief and performance lead James Illman.
  14. Trust criticised for slow action on ligature risks

    A trust has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission for failing to take action quickly enough after two patient deaths at a unit described as ‘not fit for purpose’.
  15. Mental health trusts drive increase in female board directors

    Mental health trusts have seen the biggest rise in female representation at board level over the last three years, while the North East has emerged as an outlier in achieving gender equality, new research has revealed.
  16. Mental Health Matters: A slap in the face

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  17. HSJ Value Awards 2020: HSJ Value Award of the Year

    Just one in four people suffering from a long-term mental illness are in work. Mental health problems at work cost the economy £34.9bn with a cost to business of £26bn each year.
  18. HSJ Value Awards 2020: Mental Health Service Redesign Initiative

    Covering the populations of Cheshire East and Vale Royal (7,000 people accessing specialist mental health services), this redesign is centred on service users, providers and commissioners working together to transform services for people severely affected by mental health problems, to improve:
  19. Winners revealed for HSJ Value Awards 2020

    The star performers in this year’s HSJ Value Awards - which celebrate the work of NHS teams across the areas of transformation, clinical and medical services, and operational and corporate services - have now been announced
  20. City plans ‘integrated care system for mental health’

    Local mental health commissioning may be transferred to NHS providers under a new contract in one of the UK’s biggest cities.