1. Leaked report: Killing of two hospital patients was ‘preventable’

    An independent investigation into the attack and killing of two people on a hospital ward by another patient has concluded the attack was “probably preventable”, a leak of its report reveals.
  2. North by North West: Hundreds of staff set to switch trusts

    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.
  3. Chief targets 2023 to open region's first children’s hospital

    A region’s first specialist children’s hospital – combining physical and mental health services – may be opened in 2023 now the government has approved up to £100m for the long-planned project, the lead chief executive has told HSJ.
  4. Most CCGs failing to provide learning disability crisis support

    New data suggests more than half of local commissioning areas are still failing to offer crisis services to patients with autism and learning disabilities, despite NHS England making this mandatory from 2019.
  5. The changing landscape of veteran healthcare

    The last 15 years have seen increased survivability of military casualties but veterans and healthcare professionals are sometimes unsure what support is available to them. Shehan Hettiaratchy offers some clarity
  6. Review: Major investment needed for 'worst estate in the NHS'

    Mental health services are operating in some of the “worst estate the NHS has” and require major capital investment, a government review has said.
  7. Following the Money: Trusts await impact of new buying model

    HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.
  8. 'Inadequate' trust faces calls to be put into failure regime

    Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust is facing calls to be put into the NHS failure regime after being kept in special measures and rated “inadequate” again following a Care Quality Commission inspection.
  9. North by North West: Help needed from the North East

    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. Learning from deaths is essential

    It is vital that organisations continuously learn from all patients that they care for, not just those where issues are identified that trigger investigations. By Dr Elena Baker-Glenn
  11. Mental Health Matters: Data dump delving

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  12. Child and adolescent mental health services: A case study in confused priorities

    An audit of child and adolescent crisis admissions via A&E to CAMHS beds has identified problems that are symptomatic of the wider challenges facing mental health services, say Dr Daniel Poulter, Dr Ben Baig, Molly Cooney and Dr Sarah Cornick
  13. Next year’s planning guidance is an opportunity to reset the NHS

    Chris Hopson outlines what is needed from next year’s planning guidance to ensure the NHS is able to break out of the current cycle and start recovering financial and operational performance
  14. Restraint 'culture' prompts investigatory pilot with 25 trusts

    National improvement teams are set to visit 25 mental health trusts as part of a bid to prevent inappropriate physical restraint and other “restrictive practices”.
  15. New mental health role labelled a 'nonsense sticking plaster'

    Experts have questioned the decision to introduce a new mental health role in schools, rather than upskill the existing registered nurse workforce.
  16. Data shows need for 'urgent' renewal of children's mental health care

    Mental illness among children and young people has become significantly more widespread, new data from NHS Digital has revealed.
  17. HSJ Awards 2018: Widening Participation

    According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data, during the first part of 2018 less than a quarter of people with learning difficulties, a speech impediment or a mental health condition were in employment. It’s an issue the government has shown itself keen to address, setting a target of a...
  18. HSJ Awards 2018: Using Technology to Improve Efficiency

    Prompt dementia assessment is an established priority for both the government and the NHS. Traditionally the responsibility for these assessments has fallen to NHS memory clinics, but the huge increase in need for such services has seen waiting times significantly lengthen. In many instances, non-specialist clinical staff are now supporting...
  19. HSJ Awards 2018: Trust of the Year

    No one could accuse leaders at Northamptonshire Healthcare FT of setting their sights low. The overall aim is to support change and growth both locally and on a national scale. Individual goals include demonstrably changing cultures to influence care; delivering innovations that change lives; staying financially robust in a challenged...
  20. HSJ Awards 2018: Patient Safety

    The ward-based deaths of four patients with complex and co-morbid emotionally unstable personality disorder (EUPD) naturally left clinicians at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear FT striving to find ways to improve patient safety for this vulnerable group. Risk aversion meant that, in many instances, patients were being sent to out of...