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  1. Mental Health Matters: ‘A culture of risk taking’

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  2. Suicide inquest sparks warning on 'nine month wait' for treatment

    The government has been called on to take action over the national “backlog” for a specialist mental health service after a woman died while waiting to access treatment.
  3. Two in five NHS staff feel anxious, NHS England reports

    Around 40 per cent of NHS staff reported feeling anxious during the recent coronavirus surge, but results were 10 percentage points worse for minority ethnic workers, according to NHS England’s surveys.
  4. All people on learning disability register to be prioritised for covid vaccine

    All people on the learning disability register will be prioritised for a covid-19 vaccination, following advice from the joint committee of vaccination and immunisation.
  5. Exclusive: Key NHS long-term plan target to be missed ‘due to covid’

    The NHS is set to miss a major national target to eliminate inappropriate out of area placements within mental health by the end of March, HSJ can reveal.
  6. Hospital put into special measures after young patients appeared ‘over sedated’

    An independent mental health hospital has been placed into special measures after young people ‘appeared to be over sedated’ during an inspection.
  7. Revealed: Beds for children hit ‘crisis point’ amid covid demand surge

    Availability of inpatient child and adolescent mental health services beds — particularly for eating disorders — has reached ‘crisis point’, with young people left waiting on a standard paediatric ward or at home as demand surged during the covid pandemic.
  8. Mental Health Matters: Relying on ‘clinical discretion’

    HSJ’ s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  9. Tackling stigma in the NHS is critical to easing the mental health impact of the pandemic

    Stephanie Slater shares her personal insight on the stigma surrounding mental health and how vital it is to improve this culture for the staff in the NHS
  10. ‘Worrying’ gap in vaccination rates for over 80s with learning disabilities

    Experts have warned that vulnerable groups risk getting ‘missed out’ after data has revealed a ‘worrying’ gap in vaccination rates for those with a learning disability and severe mental illness.
  11. Trusts could get new CQC ratings without inspection

    The Care Quality Commission could regularly change its ratings of health and care providers without inspectors visiting them, under new plans from the watchdog.
  12. Cowper’s Cut: Why, according to Matt Hancock, vaccines are like Range Rovers

    Andy Cowper on the latest developments with regards to the coronavirus vaccine