Sport scheme to help people with mental health problems unveiled

BBC News, 19 October 2014

A £2m programme using sport to improve the lives of people with mental health problems has been announced.It is hoped the scheme, run by charity Mind with funding from Sport England, will help 75,000 people.  They will be offered help to join sports clubs, take up a new activity or go to the gym as part of the project…

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Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion, report finds

Centre for Mental Health, 20 October 2014

Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK, according to a new report, The costs of perinatal mental health problems, released today by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health.  However the report also finds that the NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year to bring perinatal mental health care up to the level recommended in national guidance.

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CQC finds ‘unacceptable’ variation in quality of dementia care

Community Care, 13 October 2014

People with dementia are being put at risk of substandard care by an ‘unacceptable’ variation in the quality of treatment provided at care homes and hospitals across England, a review by England’s social care regulator has found.

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New Dementia ‘Ambassadors’ to help GPs and patients

NHS England, 13 October 2014

Seven new ‘ambassadors’ are to begin spreading the word about the importance of diagnosing more patients with dementia in a bid to help improve patients’ and their carers’ quality of life.

The seven, who are based in London, the south, the north, the midlands, and Scotland, will be helping local GPs in England to use the best possible methods to diagnose more people.

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MindEd: e-learning to support healthy young minds

MHPF, 6 October 2014

MindEd is a free online education resource for adults to learn about the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.

Improving knowledge of children’s mental health is important so that there is better awareness and understanding of when a young person is experiencing mental distress. The MindEd e-portal contains over 200 bite-size e-learning sessions on a range of mental health-related topics which can be used by individuals or as part of a group learning.  

The development of the MindEd programme was funded by the Department of Health and supported and developed by a consortium of medical royal colleges and child health charities. It is a valuable resource for anyone who has a duty of care for children and young people. 

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People need more support when choosing a care home, says College of Occupational Therapists

College of Occupational Therapists, 7 October 2014

The College of Occupational Therapists has called for more support when choosing care for an elderly relative after it was found 8 in 10 people find it more stressful than getting divorced or moving house.  The survey of Gransnet and Mumsnet users, commissioned by a Care Quality Commission (CQC), also revealed that many people in residential care are not having their likes and dislikes taken into account.

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Womens secure hospital care pathways in practice: a qualitative analysis of clinicians views in England and Wales

BMC Health Services Research, 1 October 2014

In England and Wales women form a small but significant group within the wider, largely male, secure hospital population. Secure hospitals are designed to assess and treat individuals with both mental health problems and significant criminal behaviour. The theoretical approach to the care of secure hospital women is increasingly informed by a grasp of gender-specific issues. However, there is a lack of evidence on the adequacy of current structures and processes of care delivery. This qualitative study explores the nature and quality of care pathways for women in low and medium secure hospital beds by eliciting participants’ views of factors enhancing or impeding care.

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