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  1. 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...
  2. New A&E models may increase 'discrimination’ against some patients

    The development of separate emergency units to help acute trusts manage demand during the covid pandemic may risk increasing “discrimination” against mental health patients, a royal college has warned.
  3. Mental Health Matters: The recovery position

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector - contact me in confidence.
  4. Investigations into alleged assaults on patients at private hospital

    Two staff have been suspended from a major provider of mental health inpatient care, with alleged assaults of patients also being reported to the police.
  5. NHS on course to miss major workforce target

    A flagship target to increase the mental health workforce by 19,000 could be missed by nearly half, according to new government figures.
  6. Watchdog probes management of major private provider

    A government regulator is investigating concerns over the management of a major mental health provider, HSJ can confirm.
  7. Exclusive: Regulator launches independent review into care of vulnerable man

    NHS England and Improvement have launched an independent review into the care and death of a man with learning disabilities, following concerns raised by HSJ. 
  8. Closing the gaps between primary and secondary mental health

    With demand for mental health support expected to rise due to covid-19, there has never been a more important time to put primary mental health care at the heart of the NHS. By Andy Bell and Beccy Baird
  9. Improving end-of-life care outcomes in North East Essex

    Dr Karen Chumbley, Mark Jarman-Howe, Dr Tim Wilson and Erica Isonpart describe their journey of implementing a population-health approach to end-of-life care in North East Essex
  10. Unit put into special measures after ‘inadequate’ rating

    A low secure unit for people with learning disabilities and autism has been put into special measures after inspectors found the use of restraint and segregation affected the quality of life for some patients.
  11. Mental Health Matters: Why new plan for A&E could increase stigma

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Contact me in confidence.
  12. National NHS chiefs plan end to ‘messy’ covid tech deal

    The NHS does not intend to renew a national contract with its main video platform provider Attend Anywhere and will instead aim to develop a more pluralistic market, HSJ can reveal.
  13. CCG apologises for decision to close unit

    A clinical commissioning group has admitted its predecessors failed to follow due process when trying to close an inpatient unit for people with dementia.
  14. For those with dementia there are worse things than covid-19

    Families of people living with dementia need to be allowed to be their care givers even as strict infection-control protocols are being followed, writes Julia Jones
  15. Coroner orders closer working between five trusts after prisoner’s death

    Five NHS trusts in the South West have been ordered to make immediate improvements after the death of a 20-year-old prisoner who needed healthcare.
  16. Named: the CCGs that falsely claimed to have met mental health funding targets

    NHS England and Improvement has used its legislative powers to discover why 16 clinical commissioning groups falsely claimed to have met the mental health investment standard, HSJ can reveal.
  17. Revealed: Complaints about ‘manner’ of CQC chief before short-lived resignation

    Senior mental health leaders complained about the ‘manner’ in which a senior Care Quality Commission inspector had talked about challenges facing the sector – one week before he announced his resignation to staff, it has emerged.
  18. CQC inspector changes mind two days after quitting

    The Care Quality Commission’s mental health lead inspector has decided to stay in post, two days after announcing his resignation to staff, HSJ can reveal.
  19. NHS coronavirus spend hits £32bn

    The Treasury has revealed the NHS has been given over £30bn to fight covid19.
  20. Mental Health Matters: NHS failing to carry out basic checks on vulnerable

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Contact me in confidence.