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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has announced a national inspection looking at the quality, efficiency and safety of the care and support provided for adults with learning disabilities. The inspection will consider how good local authority social services are at achieving outcomes that matter to people. It…
Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) has launched a 12-week public consultation on the future of the Lifeline crisis response service. The current Lifeline service is a free-to-call regional confidential telephone helpline for people who are in emotional crisis and are at risk of self-harm or suicide. The helpline is…
Campaigners have called for a review of controversial sickness benefit assessments after the release of "disturbing" statistics showing the numbers who died after being told they were "fit to work". Figures published by welfare chiefs under freedom of information laws showed that 2,380 people who had been told they would…
The number of people held in police cells while experiencing a mental health crisis because there is nowhere else for them to go has been halved under a new scheme. The Crisis Care Concordat, which was formed to drive up unsatisfactory standards in mental health crisis care across the country,…
Two people have been charged with murdering a woman with learning difficulties. Steven Beard, aged 34, of Rowland Avenue, Bentley and 35-year-old Julie Beard, of Heather Close in Walsall will appear in court tomorrow over the killing of college student Susan Whiting, West Midlands Police said. Ms Whiting's body was…
A mental health nurse has been jailed for life for raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable patients. Vijay Bundhun, of Tonford Lane, Canterbury, Kent, was found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court of four counts of rape and nine counts of sexual assault against six victims. He was sentenced to life imprisonment,…
The Scottish suicide rate reduced by 17.8 per cent between the periods 2000-2004 and 2010-2014, according to new figures published. The statistics, published by ISD Scotland and National Record of Scotland, show that 696 people died by suicide in 2014, compared with 795 in 2013. National Records of Scotland has…
A University of Manchester study which followed up 38,415 people admitted to hospital with self-harm has, for the first time, investigated the association between the treatment patients receive in hospital and their subsequent risk of death. Published in the Lancet Psychiatry, the study looked at adults who had self-harmed and…
Diagnosing patients with medical labels such as "personality disorder" and "schizophrenia" can lead to less effective treatments being delivered, research has found. Up to five people in every 100 are estimated to be diagnosed with personality disorders in the UK, with one to three in every 100 living with schizophrenia.…
Sarah Pollock, Lecturer in Social Work argues that Government plans will increase the challenges facing social workers Proposals to offer routine NHS England services seven days a week have already generated a backlash. The plans may be driven by a desire to reduce the higher death rate for patients admitted…
Controversial Immigration detention centre Yarl's Wood has been labelled a "place of national concern" after a scathing report revealed conditions have deteriorated. Inspectors found dozens of pregnant women have been held at the facility in Bedfordshire against Government policy, while some are being held for more than a year because…
The Older People's Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has said she is 'extremely disappointed' by the response to her review of elderly protection in care homes from the Welsh Government. The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has also come in for criticism for failing to provide 'adequate detail…