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Quality Premium: development of additional mental health indicators

The Quality Premium (this document is no longer available here but can be found on the National Archives website) rewards clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for improving the quality of services they commission and for associated improvements in health outcomes and reducing inequalities. It is based on a number of different measures that are set each […]

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Mental health leaders told to “grasp the challenge”

NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, today called for a drive aimed at improving care for psychosis patients across the country. Dr Strathdee told 150 delegates at the National Psychosis Summit to share best practice and help put together an action plan for making improvements to care across the country. […]

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Mental health director leads drive for improved psychosis care

NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health, Dr Geraldine Strathdee, is to head up a drive aimed at improving care for psychosis patients across the country. Dr Strathdee will call on 150 delegates at the National Psychosis Summit to share best practice and help put together an action plan for making improvements to care […]

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Mental health teams in police stations and courts scheme goes live

A trial scheme testing a new model of Liaison and Diversion (L&D) is launched this week in ten locations across England.  The scheme will fund mental health professionals in police stations and courts, to ensure people with mental health conditions and learning disabilities are recognised and get the right treatment promptly. As announced in January […]

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Call to increase the diagnosis rate for patients with dementia

We need to increase the diagnosis rate for patients with dementia, Professor Alistair Burns said today. Speaking today on the Community Stage at Camp Expo in Manchester, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Dementia said the current rate of less than 50 per cent was not high enough. Professor Burns, also Professor of Old Age […]

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Call for a fundamental change to thinking around mental health

Doctors and patients have called for fundamental change in the way people think about mental health, and the way psychological issues are managed as part of the wider NHS. In a session at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo titled “Is the term ‘mental  health’ doing more harm than good and what can we […]

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NHS England welcomes Crisis Care Concordat

NHS England has welcomed the mental health crisis care concordat as an important step forward in improving care and standards for people in a mental health crisis. The Concordat, launched today by the Department of Health, is a joint agreement which describes how police, mental health services, social work services and ambulance professionals should work […]

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NHS England pledge to help patients with serious mental illness

Patients with schizophrenia will on average die 14.6 years earlier, bipolar 10.1 and patients with schizoaffective disorder eight years earlier than the general population. They are dying of the same conditions as the general population but have the life expectancy of people living in the 1950s. As the Department of Health launches its Mental Health […]

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Liaison and diversion trial sites announced

The Department of Health announced on 4 January 2014 that an extra £25 million of funding for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts so that people with mental health conditions and substance misuse problems get the right treatment as quickly as possible with the aim to […]

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NHS England rolls out new personal health budget sites

Seven new sites have been set up to look at rolling out personal health budgets to people who use mental health services. Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Positive Opportunities for Wellbeing CIC Dorset CCG South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Addictions Clinical Academic Group Stockport CCG and Stockport Local Authority Southwark CCG and Southwark […]

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