1. The Bedpan: The NHS must take gambling seriously

    This week: Bill Moyes, chair of the Gambling Commission
  2. Engagement as the engine of efforts to transform care

    Dr Claire Fuller on how engagement with citizens, staff and wider partners is mission critical for the Surrey Heartlands’ vision
  3. Watchdog calls for review into ‘systemic failings’

    A watchdog has called for a national review into a mental health trust’s failings following investigations into the deaths of two young men.
  4. New CEO pledges to end ‘blame culture’ at troubled trust

    The new chief executive of Lancashire’s troubled mental health provider has pledged to tackle a culture in which clinicians feel blamed for errors.
  5. Hostile hospitals: how urban planning can help

    Can hospitals stop being monoliths of mystery and isolation and join wider urban life, asks Layla McCay
  6. Draft CQC report had accused Whorlton Hall staff of 'bullying'

    Care Quality Commission inspectors were aware patients at Whorlton Hall had accused staff of “bullying and inappropriate behaviour”, according to a draft report.
  7. North by North West: Bill McCarthy's top priorities

    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.
  8. NHSE to step in after CCG rewrote teenager's mortality review

    NHS England is to issue new guidance to clinical commissioning groups in the wake of an alleged cover-up of a teenager’s avoidable death.
  9. Special measures for hospital where patients had to 'lie on floor'

    An independent provider of inpatient mental health services has had a second hospital placed in special measures after patients were found to be treated in an “uncaring, undignified and disrespectful” way.
  10. Investigation launched into safeguarding at psychiatric unit

    A multi-agency investigation has been launched at a psychiatric unit after a “disproportionate” number of safeguarding alerts for patient-on-patient attacks.
  11. Learning disability nurse shortage to hit 'critical levels'

    Health Education England has warned the learning disability nursing headcount could “hit critical levels in the next five years”, with vacancies “upwards of 30 per cent”.
  12. Mental Health Matters: Private sector must change its offer

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  13. Fifth mental health trust rated 'outstanding'

    A fifth mental health trust has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.
  14. Independent inquiry into CQC whistleblower claims

    The Care Quality Commission has announced a former civil servant will carry out an independent inquiry into a former inspector’s claims that reports of poor care at Whorlton Hall hospital were not acted on.
  15. Private firms banned from 'lead provider' role

    National leaders have banned private firms from leading new models of care for specialised mental health – following criticism of their involvement.
  16. CCG rewrote mortality review to eliminate blame

    A clinical commissioning group altered a review of the death of a teenager with a learning disability – including removing a finding that it was “avoidable” – sparking concern that the national system may be flawed.
  17. UK short of almost every type of health and care professional, review concludes

    An independent government advisory body has recommended all medical roles should be added to the shortage occupation list, in its first full review of the list since 2013.
  18. Prisoners face 'year-long' waits for hospital beds

    Prisoners are waiting for as long as a year to access secure beds in psychiatric hospitals, despite guidance stating they should be transferred within 14 days.
  19. HSJ Value Awards 2019: Mental health services award

  20. HSJ Value Awards 2019: Specialist services award