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A report published today gives a snapshot of the experiences of people with learning disabilities who are inpatients in either NHS or independent services, and provides a new insight into regional variations of care. The 'Learning Disability Census: Further Analysis Report', is published by the Health and Social Care Information…
The City of Edinburgh Council is the first Scottish local authority to sign a pledge to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination at work. The 'See Me in Work' scheme was launched yesterday at Edinburgh's City Chambers by See Me, a national programme which aims to end mental health stigma…
Over the course of last week, The East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee (EMPPC) formally launched its integrated approach to public protection. The Public Protection Team supports operational staff across partner agencies, by providing a level of expert advice and promoting consistency of practice. The Team includes Adult Support and…
An educational video produced by the University of Leicester to expose the harms of hate crime has been awarded two prestigious awards. The University’s Creative Services team, within the Division of External Relations, won the General In-House Award and the Special Jury Award at the British Universities Film and Video…
Facebook can help people recover from mental health problems but it needs to be used cautiously and strategically as it can also make symptoms worse, new research shows. The effects of Facebook on ‘severe and enduring’ mental health conditions has not previously been studied in depth. Dr Keelin Howard told…
A Conservative candidate's suggestion that people with mental health issues could wear identifying wristbands to help ensure they are not unfairly dealt with by authorities has been attacked by opponents. At a hustings in Cambridge, Chamali Fernando said the move could help police, medical and legal professionals understand otherwise apparently…
Newcastle University, in partnership with mental health charity, Moving Forward Newcastle, has launched a new educational film about shared decision making (SDM) in mental health care. The launch at Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle was introduced by NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health, Dr Geraldine Strathdee. Created in partnership…
New research from the University of Kent has identified the need for loneliness ‘maps’ to help charities and public services support those experiencing loneliness. The research informs a new report published yesterday by the Campaign to End Loneliness. Titled Hidden Citizens: how can we identify the most lonely older adults?…
As part of their wider Improvement Plan, West Midlands Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and Improvement & Efficiency West Midlands approached HSMC to work with them to look at the different approaches being taken across the West Midlands towards prevention and ways to support local communities. The resulting…
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter D Robinson, MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, MLA have announced the appointment of Mr Oliver Wilkinson (pictured) as Chairperson to the Board of the Victims and Survivors Service. The Ministers also announced the appointment of Beverley Clarke, Patricia Haren, Seamus Magee and Stephen…
This statutory guidance shows how local authorities and NHS organisations should carry out their responsibilities under the Autism Act 2009 to develop services that support and meet the needs of people with autism, and their families and carers. It also explains what support they can expect to receive from local…
A new report has established that personal qualities are more important than gender in support services for vulnerable young men. Commitment, consistency and the ability to form relationships of mutual care and respect are of greater importance than gender in recruiting staff to services that support vulnerable young men, researchers…