CQC’s initial analysis of mental health Trusts published

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published information on every NHS Trust that provides mental health services in England to show the public how it decides which services it will inspect next and what it will focus on.

Unobtrusive monitoring enabled

Nineteen mental health units located throughout the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust estate now feature IP network-based video monitoring systems from Samsung Techwin – giving the ability to unobtrusively monitor patient activity.

Factors behind bed shortages identified

An independent Commission report which examined some of the key factors behind shortages of adult mental health beds in the UK found that 'the so-called bed or admission crisis in adult mental health is very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission that can only be addressed through changes in services and management of the whole service'.

£9.2 m M&E services contract for Chester CAMHS unit completed

Building services specialist, Steven Hunt & Associates, has completed the mechanical and electrical concept design for a new £9.2 million Tier 4 CAMHS (Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service) facility, currently under construction on land owned by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at the Countess of Chester Health Park.

Drive to improve young people’s services launched

NHS England has launched the first stage of new programme to improve young people’s mental health services, allocating £30 m in funding to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to improve eating disorder services, the goal being that 95 per cent of young patients with such a disorder should be seen within four weeks, or one week for urgent cases, by 2020.

Code of practice on ‘dementia-friendly communities’

Following the Prime Minister’s 2012 challenge to improve dementia care by 2015, the British Standards Institution (BSI) has published the PAS 1365 Code of practice for the recognition of dementia-friendly communities in England.

20,000 give views on priorities for 're-shaping mental health'

Over 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for re-shaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five-year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.

New staff and expansion for Primera

Blackpool-based Primera Life, which manufactures specialist window and door hardware, has made two new appointments to its team ‘in response to continued business growth, in turn fuelled by the increasing understanding of the importance of purpose-designed products for the mental healthcare sector’.

JV helps cut costs of Cheshire CAMHS unit

Villicare, the joint venture partnership between estates specialist, Ryhurst, and Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP), has ‘made significant savings by implementing and managing a commercially driven procurement process’ for the construction of its first capital project for CWP at the Countess of Chester Health Park.

Online help with finding the best treatment

A Finnish mental health start-up company says it hopes that an Internet-based service it has established that enables people seeking help with mental health issues to find the ‘right’ psychologist, psychiatrist, or psychotherapist, will become Europe’s leading mental health service portal.

National organisations' 'priority' call

Six leading mental health organisations recently joined forces to produce 'a plan of action' for the Government in the first 100 days of the new Parliament to help improve the lives of people with mental health problems.

Art’s therapeutic impact examined

Visitors to a new event held at the Royal College of Physicians in London last month were asked to consider art’s role in improving the healthcare environment.

CQC report: attitude to those 'in crisis' variable

Right here, right now, a report published in June by the Care Quality Commission highlighting people's experiences of help, care, and support, during a mental health crisis, says one in 12 of those questioned reported coming into contact with between six and 10 different services.

Helping vulnerable people in custody

Half of England is now covered by a new service to ensure that people with mental health conditions, learning disabilities, or 'other vulnerabilities', are supported in police custody and the courts.