News from other organisations and the NHS
People who are having a mental health crisis are
not always receiving care and support when and where they need it,
the regulator has found. The CQC has raised concerns that public
services, such as local authorities, NHS trusts and clinical
commissioning groups, are failing to work together to make sure
that people in their local areas have access to crisis care around
the clock. It found that healthcare professionals, such as those in
A&E, can appear to lack compassion and warmth in how to care
for and speak to people who are having a crisis, including those
who have harmed themselves.
New from NHS England
Guidance on new mental health access & waiting time
New guidance on
how new access and waiting time standards for mental health
services are to be introduced in 2015/16 across services for
first episode psychosis, IAPT for common mental health conditions,
and liaison mental health services in acute trust settings. To
support commissioners to plan in readiness for the new IAPT waiting
times standards, NHSE have
published implementation guidance, which includes further
operational information and frequently asked questions.
New commissioning tools published for transitions from Child
and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Two new resources to support commissioning
effective, seamless transitional mental health services for young
people have been published. The
Model Specification for Transitions from Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Services builds on previous specifications and
can be adapted locally to reflect the multi-agency nature of
commissioning and delivering these services.
A sample transition discharge from and transfer of care
protocol has also been developed that can be inserted into the
NHS standard contract to help improve support for young people
NHS launches world’s first National Review of Deaths of
People with Learning Disabilities
An independent project
to help reduce premature mortality for people with learning
disabilities has been launched by NHS England, the Healthcare
Quality Improvement Partnership and the University of Bristol. This
national programme aims to review – and ultimately reduce -
premature deaths of people with learning disabilities. The
three-year project will be the first comprehensive review to get to
the bottom of why people with learning disabilities typically die
much earlier than average, and to inform a strategy to reduce this
Royal College of Obstetricians and
Gynaecologists: Domestic Violence
'Working together to stop gender-based domestic violence'
distils the outputs from an interactive workshop into a practical
guide for professionals when faced with the issue of domestic
violence. This is a handy reference document with a range of hints,
tips and pointers and additional information resources.
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child
The new Purple Book to improve assessment and management of
children exposed to sexual abuse
‘The Physical Signs of Child Sexual Abuse’, ‘The
Purple Book,’ brings together the latest knowledge and evidence to
aid clinical decision-making.
New from NICE
The Mental Elf welcomes you to the National Elf
Keeping up to date with the latest reliable mental health
research has just got a whole lot easier with the launch of the
National Elf Service.
The new National Elf Service website features the Mental Elf who
will soon be joined in the woodland by 10 other elves covering
everything from diabetes to dentistry. The website offers a number
of additional services, which individuals or institutions can
purchase through subscription, to enhance their experience of the
core free service.
Reading Well Books on Prescription (both
mental health and dementia): Prescriber survey
The Reading Agency invites you to take
part in a
prescriber survey. Deadline: 30 June and all
responses received by this date will be entered into a prize draw
for a £50 high-street shopping voucher. The evidence collected will
be considered alongside data from libraries, service users and
other partners to improve and develop the Reading Well Books on
Prescription scheme and make the case for investment. The
evaluation report will be published in October 2015 for World
Mental Health Day.
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships:
Are you involved in delivering community
based treatment and support, including training and awareness for
those in education and youth organisations? Do you work with
veterans and their families or provide support in the work place?
If the answer is yes and you would like to visit innovative
programmes abroad so that you could transfer/adapt them to the UK,
Fellowship could be for you.
Edinburgh Festival: Are you The Sick of the Fringe?:
Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and conceived by Brian Lobel,
The Sick of the Fringe is
a curated programme of events aiming to inspire collaboration
between science and the arts. Concluding a month-long programme,
two highlighted events invite high profile thinkers to explicitly
address current debates in health, medicine and science.
'Sammilana':The Dr Ramya Mohan Project
on 'Art, women and the mind': 25 and 26 July: MP
Birla Millenium Gallery in West Kensington, London
Sammilana means 'harmonic fusion' in Sanskrit,
one of the oldest languages in the world. Dr Ramya Mohan is a
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is a skilled Artist
and Performing Musician. She is passionate about integrating
Arts with our knowledge of the human mind to support positive
mental health and resilience. There will be an Art Exhibition of Dr
Ramya Mohan's paintings, followed by a formal inauguration and
interactive expert Panel Discussion on 'Art, Women and Mental
Health: A Universal Language across worlds'.