1. Trust upgraded from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has been upgraded to “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission following an inspection.
  2. Government buys 3.5m tests and promises staff checks ‘online soon’

    The government has bought 3.5 million coronavirus antibody tests — with more widespread testing of NHS workers coming “online soon”, the health secretary has said.
  3. Mental health trusts transfer junior doctors to acute hospitals

    Mental health trusts across England are transferring foundation year one doctors to acute trusts to help tackle the covid-19 crisis, HSJ can reveal.
  4. Increasing physical health check coverage for those with serious mental illness

    City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group took home Mental Health Innovation of the Year at the 2019 HSJ awards. Jennifer Trueland explores the collaborative approach underpinning their win
  5. NHS must choose between beds and quality, says under-fire provider

    NHS commissioners cannot simultaneously demand bed capacity remain the same and the quality of services improve, the chair of an under-fire provider of mental health services has told HSJ.
  6. Report: Unannounced CQC visits may have exposed Whorlton Hall quicker

    The scandalous failings at Whorlton Hall exposed by undercover reporters could have been detected sooner by the Care Quality Commission if it had carried out more unannounced visits, a new independent review has concluded.
  7. Ventilators alone are not enough — the NHS needs staff

    Staffing is the issue keeping NHS leaders awake at night — and which consumes two-thirds of trusts’ spending. The fortnightly The Ward Round newsletter, by HSJ workforce correspondent Annabelle Collins, will make sure you are tuned in to the daily pressures on staff, and the wider trends and policies shaping...
  8. Government to make emergency changes to Mental Health Act

    The government is set to make changes to the Mental Health Act, due to concerns there will be a lack of psychiatrists available to assess people that may need to be sectioned and admitted to hospital.
  9. A trust where everyone contributes to patient care

    Humber Foundation Trust, the 2019 HSJ Award winners for Mental Health Provider of the Year, place co-production with staff and patients at the heart of their achievements. Alison Moore reports
  10. The guide to getting a virtual clinic, quickly

    Tina Marshall emphasises the need for virtual consultations in the times of coronavirus
  11. Former minister says government would lose human rights challenge

    A former health minister who is now chair of a leading mental health trust has suggested the government would lose a legal challenge over its national programme for patients with learning disabilities.
  12. What does the NHS staff survey really tell us?

    The quality and safety of patient care the system delivers depends on the wellbeing, morale and sustainability of frontline staff members. By Gordon Forbes
  13. Revealed: The trusts which will struggle most to deliver quality care in 2020

    The trusts which are likely to face the fiercest struggle to deliver quality care in the immediate future have been identified through an analysis carried out exclusively for HSJ.
  14. Stevens looks to give unearned incentive cash to mental health sector

    NHS England is looking to funnel additional cash to the mental health sector for capital investments next year.
  15. Mental health's capital needs have been completely overlooked by government

    Patients with mental health problems deserve a therapeutic environment that aids their recovery and not inadequate infrastructure that exacerbates their condition. Writes Paul Farmer.
  16. CCGs face external review into handling of troubled contract

    An independent review triggered by NHS England will examine the oversight and management of a troubled children’s autism service by local commissioners, HSJ has learned.
  17. ‘Two to three years’ before we have enough staff, says trust chief

    The head of a mental health provider has said it “could be two to three years” before staffing supply for child and adolescent services meets demand, following new criticism of its services by the care quality regulator.
  18. Crackdown on OAPs has desired outcome

    HSJ’s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector.
  19. Christian domination of NHS pastoral care must end

    NHS managers should ensure that public services, including pastoral, spiritual, and religious services, are inclusive for all, regardless of a person’s religion or belief, says Andrew Copson
  20. Passing the buck on spec com

    Insider tales and must-read analysis on how integration is reshaping health and care systems, NHS providers, primary care, and commissioning. This week by integration senior correspondent, Sharon Brennan