News from other organisations and
Research of the month
Depression could be
separate risk factor for dementia, study suggests
Depression could increase a person's risk of
developing dementia independently of the biological factors thought
to cause the dementia, according to new research published in
research by Rush University Medical School suggests that older
people who had experienced some form of depression were more likely
to develop either full blown dementia or mild cognitive impairment
which is thought to be a precursor to dementia.
Children's mental health
services 'in need of reform'
The Local Government Association believes that
only full reform of the mental health system can now ensure
improvement. With councils committed to vital change and already
playing their part, the LGA is
calling on government to provide adequate funding and resources
to ensure early diagnosis for children.
letter to the Guardian, Dr Peter Hindley, Chair of RCPsych
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty responded by strongly
supporting the call for an overhaul of child and adolescent mental
NHS Improving Quality
working to improve the cardiovascular health of people with serious
The Living Longer Lives programme at NHS
Improving Quality is delivering a range of projects that
aim to identify and prevent cardiovascular disease in people with
serious mental illness, ultimately saving lives. Work includes
a new CVD screening tool, case studies and webinars, as well as a
call for expressions of interest to get involved in a pilot study.
The Living Longer Lives programme is currently involved in several
projects that will help the NHS better identify people with SMI who
have or, are at risk of developing, cardiovascular disease so they
can receive appropriate treatment.
Health and Social Care
Information Centre: Number of patients with recorded diagnosis of
dementia increases by 62 per cent over seven years
Provisional figures from the HSCIC show
344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013-14.
This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012-13 and from 213,000 in 2006-07,
when the data was first collected. These statistics show the
numbers of patients registered with GP practices in England who
have a recorded diagnosis of dementia and this is the first time
the HSCIC has published a standalone
report on this subject.
Guide to new mental health
commissioning system released
Information about patients eligible to be
cared for under a new
commissioning system for mental health has been released
for the first time and will support commissioners introducing the
new mental health currencies and payment system, which is due to be
rolled out across England in 2014/15.
Information on the use of antidepressants in Scotland
The Scottish Government have published a
document explaining what existing data sources tell us about the
anti-depressant prescribing in Scotland.
Update from NICE
NICE quality standards [QS63]: Delirium
British Science Festival 2014
Mental health diagnosis in society and the media
Sunday 7 September 2014: 13.00 - 14.00.
Lecture Theatre G15, Muirhead Tower,
University of Birmingham
A panel discussion on the ways mental health
diagnosis of young people is perceived in research, medical care,
the media and society. Why is there such a stigma about mental
health problems? Question the experts as they explore the issue and
try to address the crucial question: How can the situation be
This event is a panel discussion which aims to
break down some of the barriers and stigmas in the public
perception of mental health diagnosis. There will be a panel of
research, media and clinical experts who will discuss their
specific experiences of mental health diagnosis and associated
social stigma. The session will have a focus on the implications
for young people receiving a diagnosis and their career and social
prospects. Participants: Michael Bloomfield, Sally Brampton, Mark
World Mental Health Day
2014: 10 October 2014
This year’s theme: "Living
with Schizophrenia": The Day provides an opportunity for
all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about
their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health
care a reality for people worldwide.