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The first annual mental health dashboard gathers the best information available to show progress against the objectives set out in the ‘No health without mental health’ strategy. The dashboard provides a clear, concise picture of mental health outcomes. It includes information on:     mental health services     the physical wellbeing…
The continuing development of brain imaging technologies is now bringing into reach the correlation of brain activity with psychological states and traits, such as personality traits, mental health vulnerabilities, (unconscious) preferences and desires, or truthfulness. At the same time, different groups, such as employers, advertisers, health insurers and the government,…
Prisons are populated by offenders with various forms of mental disorder. How does the law justify this, does their presence undermine the legitimate purposes of imprisonment, and should anything be done?
The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 goes live on the 1st April 2014 and the implementation of the National Strategy is well under way across Scotland. Pilotlight is contributing to these preparations. The project involves co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design…
The classification, identification and treatment of mental illnesses in children raises particular challenges. For example, what are the appropriate criteria for diagnosing children with a mental disorder? How can we avoid the risk of stigmatisation that some children and their families experience? What are the risks of not identifying mental…
An inspection of Edinburgh Prison has highlighted a shortage of medical care for inmates with mental health and addiction problems. A new report says healthcare at the jail is good in general but limited staff numbers have been leading to delays for prisoners accessing some services. Chief Inspector of Prisons…
Health Minister Edwin Poots said a new £10.8m purpose built hospital to replace Gransha will provide more comfort and dignity to in-patients and help the recovery process. Grangewood Hospital, with a total of 30 ensuite bedrooms, six of which are integrated Psychiatric Intensive Care beds, was officially launched yesterday (December…
The Improving Access Psychological Therapies (IAPT) data set is a regular return of data generated by providers of IAPT services in the course of delivering these services to patients. The data also includes information from Independent Sector Organisations who are also providers of NHS IAPT services. The IAPT data set…
A new study has confirmed that people who are released from prison may need more psychological help when it comes to dealing with mental health issues and their transition back to everyday life. Researchers at the Universities of Hull and York examined nine studies in Europe, the US and Australia…
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is publishing new standards to help care homes tackle loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. With the number of older people in the UK set to rise to 16 million over the next 20 years and more people living longer…
NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area. Each standard consists of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements. They draw on existing guidance, which provides an underpinning, comprehensive set of recommendations, and are designed to support the measurement of…
With almost one in five people showing signs of a possible mental health problem, Northern Ireland’s new campaign on mental health, which features legendary boxing trainer Gerry Storey, is urging people to talk about their problems. The Public Health Agency (PHA) campaign, which will raise awareness of the issue across…

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