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Improving mental health care for people with complex needs can reduce pressures on GPs and hospitals as well as dramatically improving people's lives, according to a report published today by Centre for Mental Health. Managing patients with complex needs reviews an innovative service that helps GPs in the City of…
A decision to cut a woman's benefits was a "major factor" in her suicide, according to a mental health watchdog. The woman, referred to as Ms DE, had a 20-year history of depression and was on incapacity benefit but scored zero points in an assessment which found her to be…
A mental health nurse defrauded a healthcare recruitment company out of more than £7,000 by making false claims about the number of hours he had worked. Ian McPhee carried out the deception over a five-month period before he was eventually caught, a court heard. McPhee, 51, was given a suspended…
Objective The number of psychiatric hospital beds in England has declined since the 1950s. Since the early 2000s mental health staff increasingly work in community treatment teams. We analysed recent trends in hospital and community treatment in England for eight mental health diagnoses.Method We obtained data from the UK Government…
Vulnerable adults, including those with dementia, are being failed by the Act designed to protect and empower them according to a new report. The House of Lords Committee, established to assess how well the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is working in practice, found that social workers, healthcare professionals and others…
Lives will be put at risk by cuts to NHS funding for mental health services, experts and doctors have warned. In a letter to the Guardian newspaper, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Mental Health Foundation, Rethink Mental Illness, Mind, the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network and the Centre for…
The number of under-18s admitted to adult mental health wards or treated on them is rising, figures show. Despite government pledges that the practice would be stamped out by 2010, more children spent time on adult wards in the first eight months of 2013/14 than the whole of the previous…
Cuts to benefits and rising unemployment is driving up the number of people seeking help for mental health problems, a survey of professionals in the field has found. Poor housing is also behind a "growing crisis" in the numbers becoming "overwhelmed by life circumstances", the charity Mind and the College…
Mental health nurses will be stationed at nearly 50 police stations across England and Wales by next month. Ten forces - including the Metropolitan Police Service and Leicestershire Constabulary - will operate Liaison and Diversion schemes from April, policing minister Damian Green (pictured) has announced. Police officers and custody suite…
Specialist Mental Health Midwives have a crucial role in effective perinatal mental health care. However, there are currently many maternity services without this important position, and where Specialist Mental Health Midwives do exist there are differences in their role, skills and experience. This document aims to help address this gap,…
Over 200 people have absconded from a mental health hospital in Hackney over the last 13 years. In the past four years there were 95 absconders from Homerton’s, John Howard Centre – an increase from 68 absconders between 2004 and 2009 and 48 between 2001 and 2004. A BBC freedom…
A hospital which looks after people with mental health problems has failed to meet expected levels of care and forced to send its patients elsewhere. Watchdog the Care Quality Commission has issued two formal warnings to the Regency Hospital in the Wirral, Merseyside, after an inspection found it was failing…