other organisations and the
Quality Commission (CQC)
Survey of people who use community
mental health services
The experiences of more than 17,000 service users across the 65
NHS mental health trusts in England are reflected in a survey of
people who use community mental health services.
‘Acting Together’ programme to
involve people who use services
a new partnership scheme that enables the CQC to call on people
who use services to advise on and contribute to its work. It
includes involving people as ‘Experts by Experience’ on inspections
of health and social care services and in visits to monitor the use
of the Mental Health Act.
service users and personal health budgets
NHS Confederation Mental Health Network report discusses views
on personal health budgets by people accessing mental health
services, and their carers. The report states that only a minority
of people would want a personal health budget.
Department of Health and NHS
substance misuse services
New guidance has been published, in conjunction with the
National Treatment Agency. The guidance takes the form of a letter
with an appendix from Richard Bradshaw (Director, Offender Health),
Ian Poree (Director of Service Development NOMS and Rosanna
O’Connor (Director of Delivery NTA).
Patients will have a stronger
Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley has announced
Local HealthWatch pathfinders, introduced as part of the
Government’s plans to modernise the NHS. These new learning
networks will champion patients’ views and experiences, promote the
integration of local services and improve choice for patients
through advice and access to information.
Publication of chronic conditions
Produced by the Health at Work network,
Chronic conditions guidelines are available to download for
line managers and employees.
Modernisation of Health and Care -
SHA cluster chief executives appointed
Sir David Nicholson has made the following
- Ian Dalton CBE to the post of chief executive of NHS North of
- Sir Ian Carruthers to the post of chief executive of NHS South
- Sir Neil McKay to the post of chief executive of NHS Midlands
- Dame Ruth Carnall continues as chief executive of NHS
They will assume their roles on Monday 3 October 2011.
Launch of new Human Rights in
The aim of this website is to promote a human rights based
approach in health and social care and be a web resource where
people interested in a human rights based approach to healthcare
can share experience, learn and make links online.
mental illness research in Wales
National Centre for Mental Health will receive £3m of funding
from the Welsh Government, and will research conditions like autism
and Alzheimer's. It will be led by Cardiff University Professor
Nick Craddock and will work with health boards across Wales.
Council: new tribunal service for doctors gets go-ahead
The GMC’s Council has approved plans to
establish the new Medical Practitioners
Tribunal Service, a key part of its programme of reforms to the
way it deals with doctors where there are questions about their
conduct or their ability to treat patients
toolkit provides advice to doctors on promoting and protecting
the wellbeing of vulnerable adults. Although aimed at GPs, any
professional working in health care settings with vulnerable adults
will find it useful. The toolkit highlights the obligation doctors
have to protect vulnerable adults, including identifying abusers,
identifying systemic healthcare failures and reporting poor
performance by health professionals and inludes examples of good
practice and signposts key guidance, relevant legislation and
useful names and addresses.
provision failing young BMEs
A new report from The Afiya Trust,
'Enjoy, Achieve and Be Healthy: The mental health of black and
minority ethnic children and young people’, highlights the
emergence of BME children receiving insufficient and ineffective
consideration due to their age and ethnicity and are being
overlooked in the planning and provision of services.
Munro Review on
Child Protection: government response
The government has published its response to the
Munro Review of Child Protection. The response was informed by
an Implementation Working Group drawing on expertise from local
authority children’s services, the social work profession,
education, police and health services.
Centre for Mental
Health and Business in the Community: discussion paper
Managing Presenteeism, a discussion paper with tips for
managers on reducing low productivity in the workplace, has found
that presenteeism from mental ill health costs the UK economy £15
billion a year - almost double the cost of sickness absence due to
mental ill health.