Looking to the future with quality improvement in mental health

Looking to the future with quality improvement in mental health

Shilpa Ross   Senior Researcher, Policy   It’s been almost a year since the Fund called for a national quality improvement strategy for the NHS in England. We argued that there needs to be greater emphasis on developing cultures that are committed to continuous improvement and a focus on ‘reform from within’ – appealing to the intrinsic motivation […]

Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill

Delivering the PM’s pledge should not rest on the shoulders of overstretched staff, it must be backed with appropriate resources

Tackling mental health stigma will require more than just goodwill

The prime minister, Theresa May, has pledged to tackle mental health stigma as part of her vision for her “shared society”. May announced plans to transform the way mental illness is dealt with not in our hospitals but in classrooms, at work and in our communities. The initiative has been largely welcomed, although there is concern that this is yet another governmental policy that hinges on goodwill rather than identifiable resource.

Trust’s top doctor enters election for RCPsych presidency with pledge to ‘make parity of esteem a reality’

Former Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust’s top doctor Dr JS Bamrah, known as 'JS', is seeking to become the next president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).

Trust’s top doctor enters election for RCPsych presidency with pledge to ‘make parity of esteem a reality’

Former Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust’s top doctor Dr JS Bamrah, known as ‘JS’, is seeking to become the next president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych).

Manchester merges mental health and social care

In a move that could have important ramifications for health and social care services across the UK, the New Year will see the creation of the first merged health and social care organisation.

Manchester merges mental health and social care

By : Mark Gould   In a move that could have important ramifications for health and social care services across the UK, the New Year will see the creation of the first merged health and social care organisation. From January 1st, Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS […]

Councils spending ‘close to nothing’ on mental health initiatives

Councils spending ‘close to nothing’ on mental health initiatives

Local authorities are spending less than 1% of their public health budget on mental health services, new data has revealed today. A freedom of information request by Mind found that the amount allocated by councils to prevent mental health problems has fallen for the last three years, from 1.4% to 0.9%. The mental health charity […]

North Durham GPs’ private contract referral ‘disgraceful’, says MP

Richard Vautrey, from the BMA, said: "I'm a bit concerned if the clinical commissioning group does not believe that patients should be fully involved and fully informed about what is happening for their care.

North Durham GPs’ private contract referral ‘disgraceful’, says MP

Tyne & Wear The move is aimed at reducing hospital admissions   There is concern that patients in County Durham have not been notified that GPs must now ask a private company to decide on referrals to specialists. North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group has awarded a contract to About Health, which will advise on the […]

King’s Fund: Mental health services ‘under threat’

King’s Fund: Mental health services ‘under threat’

James Evison Increased funding for mental health services has not been provided across the country, and services are ‘under threat’, according to a new report by the King’s Fund. The health think-tank claims its analysis shows 40% of mental health trusts actually saw income fall in 2015/16 rather than grow, despite commitment from central government […]

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Szasz argued that mental illnesses are not real in the sense that cancers are real

Thomas Szasz: Does mental illness exist? A conversation with Thomas Szasz. Filmed at the Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health where he discusses ‘does mental illness exist? “If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.”–Thomas S. Szasz. Wednesday 10 Th September, 2014 Thomas S. Szasz received […]

Plymouth GP Dr Richard Ayres Is A True Physician of Medicine A True Hero of Social Medicine

Plymouth GP prescribes nutritional drinks to patients who can't afford food

Plymouth GP Dr Richard Ayres Is A True Physician of Medicine A True Hero of Social Medicine

By: ALEX WOOD Follow on  Twitter @MrAlexWood Dr Richard Ayres has started prescribing nutritional drinks to his patients at the Cumberland Surgery   A Plymouth GP has resorted to prescribing nutritional drinks to his patients as “more and more” struggle to pay for food. Dr Richard Ayres, who works at the Cumberland Surgery in Devonport, […]

Victory In the Courts Against Decision To Cut Essencial Manchester Mental Health Services

The case raised important issues about the parity of esteem between mental and physical health services, the long-standing under funding of mental health services by the NHS, and the need to consider socio-economic inequality in access to and outcomes achieved by health services.

Victory In the Courts Against Decision To Cut Essencial Manchester Mental Health Services

VICTORY AGAINST DECISION TO CUT MANCHESTER SPECIALIST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES A High Court legal challenge by a service user represented by DPG has forced Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust and the three Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups to withdraw their decisions to cut seven specialist mental health services in the area. The services, […]

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