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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Academy, Collaborative & PbR

Friday, 27 July

On Wednesday I attended a meeting at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which saw the chairmanship handed over from Professor Sir Neil Douglas to Professor Terence Stevenson. Terence gave his first interview since being elected to the Society Guardian earlier this week. As one of the two Vice-Chairs of the Academy, I will be taking forward work on quality and workforce.

Thursday saw me attend a meeting of the Mental Health Collaborative. The Collaborative is made up of leads for mental health nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work and psychiatry. We are all, through our respective members and Freedom of Information requests, building up a more solid picture of what is happening to workforce. We will combine the information we all have on cuts, as we believe we can have more influence as one voice.

We very much rely on information flow directly from members, and I am always keen to hear your views. Latterly, physical health integrated services are being delivered with improved working across, into and with social care. When mental health once led the way, we need to be careful we don’t fall behind. And we need to seize every opportunity to understand and deliver on how we can improve integrated care and treatment.

Earlier this week, an article (subscriber content) appeared in the HSJ suggesting that plans to implement a payment by results tariff for adult mental health services next year have been delayed due to concern about data quality. The Department of Health has confirmed to the magazine that the national rollout will now not take place within the 2013-14 financial year – though no alternative implementation date has been given. This is something that our College's Special Advisor for PbR, Dr Bohdan Solomka, is looking into. If there is a delay, or phased approach on PbR, I hope that the Department of Health can use it to good effect, and learn from some of the long-term conditions Year-of-Care funding models.

In other news, I see the Health Education England named their senior management team yesterday. The next phase will see the appointment of director of nursing and a medical director who will advise the HEE board and senior management team on quality issues.

I want to finish by mentioning the Olympics - it's very exciting times for those of our members who are volunteers during the Games. I got firmly into the Olympic spirit this morning by going bellringing with the grandchildren!


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