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  1. Mental Health Matters: The desperate need for a major settlement

    HSJ’ s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  2. NHS going into winter with 5,500 fewer beds than last year

    The NHS is going into this winter with 5,500 fewer general acute beds than last year, NHS England data has revealed.
  3. Darzi: post-covid mental health services must be 'fundamentally different'

    Mental health services have seen a massive spike in demand, leading to a huge gap between the need for mental health care and its availability - that can only be met by a revolution in the way it is delivered, writes Lord Ara Darzi.
  4. CQC orders staffing and safety improvements at trust scrutinised over deaths

    A mental health trust has been told to make ‘urgent improvements’ by regulators after a fourth inpatient death occurred with similar themes to three other patients dying within 12 months.
  5. Trust warned by CQC sees fourth inpatient death following ‘humongous’ tech problems

    A fourth suspected suicide has occurred at a mental health trust which was recently warned by the Care Quality Commission after three other similar inpatient deaths in quick succession, HSJ can reveal.
  6. Mental Health Matters: Acute bosses must recognise the impact on their A&Es

    HSJ’ s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  7. The NHS must aim for more than just recovering dementia diagnosis rates

    It is time to press reset and put in place more streamlined and consistent diagnostic services across the country, writes Fiona Carragher
  8. CQC reveals some patients have spent a decade in seclusion

    The Care Quality Commission has called for ‘ministerial ownership’ to end the ‘inhumane’ care of patients with learning difficulties and autism in hospital – after finding some cases where people had been held in long-term segregation for more than 10 years.
  9. Leak reveals hundreds of 12-hour A&E breaches for mental health patients

    New data has revealed for the first time that hundreds of mental health patients are waiting more than 12 hours in London’s emergency departments.
  10. Wards rated ‘inadequate’ treble in a year

    Inspectors are finding more evidence of poor care in inpatient wards for people with a learning disability or autism, with the proportion of these services rated as ‘inadequate’ more than tripling in a year.
  11. Leaked emails raise flag on ‘extremely concerning’ bed shortage

    ‘Systemic’ problems within mental health services in Birmingham have caused the number of people waiting for an inpatient bed to reach ‘extremely concerning’ levels, according to documents leaked to HSJ.
  12. Mental Health Matters: Bed constraints start to bite

    HSJ’ s fortnightly briefing covering safety, quality, performance and finances in the mental health sector — contact me in confidence.
  13. NHSE made ‘urgent’ request that patients be admitted to service despite lack of trained staff

    NHS England made ‘urgent requests’ to a new eating disorder service to admit patients before staff had been properly trained, the provider has said.
  14. Independent sector model ‘inherently risky’, says CQC

    The care model run by independent sector mental health and learning disability hospitals is ‘inherently risky’, a Care Quality Commission chief inspector has warned.
  15. Health is made at home, hospitals are for repair

    Lessons for NHS to learn from health creators that use a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, creating conducive environment for people to flourish, by Nigel Crisp