1. Revealed: One in 10 CCGs flout key NHS spending pledge

    One in 10 clinical commissioning groups have cut their mental health spending according to new figures from NHS England, more than double the previous year.
  2. Children's Commissioner calls for dramatic changes to CYP mental health service

    The NHS should dramatically expand its mental health services for children and young people, as well as how the service as a whole interacts with under 18s, the Children’s Commissioner for England has told the HSJ.
  3. High staff vacancies push up NHS pay bill

    The number of vacant posts in NHS trusts has increased by almost 10 per cent in the first quarter of this year and driven an overspend on temporary staff to manage the workload.
  4. Watchdog calls for national sexual safety guidance

    The care quality watchdog is calling for national guidance on sexual safety on mental health units following an investigation into more than 1,000 reports of abuse and harassment.
  5. Mental Health Matters: How much for mental health in long term plan?

    This is HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Feedback and comments are welcome - email me in confidence.
  6. Using technology and digital services to improve mental healthcare: watch the video

    Elaine Bousfield, the chair and founder of XenZone, discusses the benefits of using technology and digital services in mental healthcare
  7. Selbie: Forward view did not deliver on prevention

    The NHS long term plan must have a large prevention ambition because the Five Year Forward View proposals were never implemented, according to a public health chief.
  8. Another £200m for top digital trusts

    A further round of £200m will be distributed to some of the most advanced digital trusts in the country, the health and social care secretary will announce today.
  9. Stevens: ‘NHS must get serious about new public health threats’

    “Getting serious” about prevention and tackling new threats to public health will create the headroom to bring new innovations into the NHS, NHS England’s chief executive said today.
  10. Following the Money: Performance trumps transformation

    HSJ’s expert briefing on NHS finances, savings and efforts to get the health service back in the black.
  11. Spike in reports of sexual assault across mental health trusts

    The number of staff and patients reporting being sexually abused by mental health patients has risen by nearly a fifth with more than 3,000 cases over the last five years, an HSJ investigation can reveal.
  12. Hancock abandons Hunt’s Monday meetings

    New health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has axed the Monday meetings with NHS leaders instigated by his predecessor Jeremy Hunt as part of an overhaul at the top of the Department of Health and Social Care.
  13. Trust launches estates review amid safety concerns

    A specialist trust is doing a “detailed review” of the estates and facilities at a child and adolescent mental health unit because of a “number of absconders” who could be at risk of harm.
  14. Trust climbs two ratings in latest CQC inspection

    An acute trust in London has been rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, after previously being rated as “requires improvement”.
  15. Revealed: Hundreds of children wait more than a year for specialist help

    Hundreds of young people assessed as needing specialist mental health treatment have been made to wait more than a year, an investigation by HSJ can reveal.
  16. Mental Health Matters: What should we expect from the long term plan?

    This is HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector. Feedback and comments are welcome - email me in confidence.
  17. CQC tribunal win sparks community capacity fears

    The care quality watchdog has won an appeal to stop a private care provider increasing the number of beds for people with learning difficulties.
  18. Half a billion pounds to be withheld from trusts over two years

    More than half a billion pounds will be withheld from NHS providers during the next two financial years to pay for a new central procurement service, HSJ can reveal.
  19. Governance review at troubled trust as consultants warn of 'lack of expertise'

    A troubled integrated trust has opened a financial governance review after consultants highlighted an underlying deficit worth more than 15 per cent of the organisation’s income.
  20. Providing consistent and humane end of life care

    Ian Greenwood recounts the traumatic experiences of his late father to highlight NHS clinical inefficiency and inconsistent care and the importance of communicating end of life care plans