1. Doctors to get access to dedicated mental health services

    More than 180,000 NHS doctors and dentists across England will now have access to a confidential and 24/7 self-referral service dedicated to mental health support.
  2. Manager wins short-staffing whistleblowing case

    A manager has won his employment tribunal against a patient transport company he alleged had misled clients over staffing.
  3. The NHS needs a chief psychological professions officer

    Dr Nick Waggett and Sarb Bajwa join leaders representing 12 psychological professional groups and service users of psychological services to call for a new role of chief psychological professions officer
  4. ‘Why I risked my trust’s reputation’

    The definitions of success and the things we value in chief executives in the NHS need to be rethought, writes Sarah-Janes Marsh
  5. The government's bid to get reform out of standstill

    The next stages of health and social care reform come with major political hurdles, writes Richard Sloggett.
  6. Regulator warns of ‘extraordinary’ winter for A&Es

    A failure to provide the right models of care is forcing thousands more people to attend emergency departments each day, the Care Quality Commission has said, while warning of a “perfect storm” for the health service this winter.
  7. New laws planned on patient safety and medicines

    Boris Johnson’s government has proposed to create a new patient safety regulator with statutory powers, and deregulation of medicines and devices.
  8. 'Governance' warning for long-stay care providers

    Regulators have highlighted poor oversight of staffing in some independent sector mental health and learning disability hospitals, after HSJ analysis found these services had seen more interventions over “safe care” than NHS units.
  9. North by North West: Why Liverpool missed out

    Essential insight into NHS matters in the North West of England, with a particular focus on the devolution project in Greater Manchester. Contact me in confidence here.
  10. Stevens: New NHS beds should squeeze ‘inappropriate’ private care

    Simon Stevens has indicated that a “sometimes-inappropriate” level of private provision in mental health inpatient services should be squeezed “as NHS mental health services expand”.
  11. Panel to scrutinise children’s services as safety concerns grow

    NHS England has set up an independent board to scrutinise inpatient mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for children and young people, amid growing safety concerns nationally.
  12. Regulator launches emotional support helpline

    The nursing regulator has launched a new support helpline for nurses and midwives who are going through its fitness to practise process in a bid by its new chief executive to “truly humanise how we operate”.
  13. ‘Hand in hand’ - NHS trusts and charities working in partnership

    NHS charities have the potential to be the nation’s biggest independent supporters of health and well-being, notes Ellie Orton
  14. High profile CEO to step down next year

    Stuart Bell, chief executive of Oxford Health Foundation Trust, has announced he is due to retire next year.
  15. Mental Health Matters: An inpatient care crisis

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  16. NHS England director backs tighter recruitment checks

    NHS England’s national director for mental health is considering asking trusts to reconsider their recruitment checks, after discovering her own trust had hired a nurse who previously falsified a care plan.
  17. Trust and agency investigating ‘false claims’ over patient death

    A trust and the NHS’ staffing agency have launched an investigation after a coroner found two nurses and a healthcare assistant may have lied about carrying out patient observations.
  18. The Bedpan: ‘Start acting like f**king grown ups’

    This week: Jess Phillips, Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
  19. Half of flagship new care models made no savings - evaluation

    Half of NHS England’s flagship new care models for mental health did not make “significant savings”, an independent evaluation has suggested.
  20. Ministers confirm ban on some drug exports ahead of Brexit deadline

    Ministers have confirmed plans for a ban on the export of certain medicines, starting with a group of 24 drugs including 19 hormone replacement therapy treatments, ahead of the no-deal Brexit deadline at the end of this month.