Investigation Into The Transition From Child And Adolescent Mental Health Services To Adult Mental Health Services

Healthcare Safety Investigation Bureau, July 2018

Reviews the transition from children and adolescent mental health services to understand how variations in the transition impacts the safe and effective care of young people. It makes a number of recommendations to national NHS organisations to make the transition smoother and safer for young people.

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Time to deliver: report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases

World Health Organization, June 2018

World Health Organization report calling for urgent action to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders. It demands high-level political commitment and the immediate scaling up of actions to address the epidemic of NCDs.

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Mental Health Act 1983: patient information leaflets

Department of Health and Social Care, June 2018

The leaflets are designed to help hospitals and local social services authorities (LSSAs) provide written information to patients who have been detained under section 135 or 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983. The leaflets explain to the person:

  • why they are in hospital
  • what to expect during this section
  • their rights
  • what could happen afterwards

The leaflets contain form fields for healthcare professionals to enter the expiry date and time of the patient’s detention.  The leaflets are non-statutory and hospitals or LSSAs are not obliged to use them.

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From prison to work: A new frontier for Individual Placement and Support

Centre for Mental Health, June 2018

From prison to work: A new frontier for Individual Placement and Support reports on a pilot programme in the West Midlands to support prisoners with mental health difficulties into employment when they are released. The programme sought to employ the proven Individual Placement and Support approach from mental health services to the criminal justice system for the first time. It enabled people who would otherwise have had little prospect of paid work to get jobs when they were released from prison as well as providing help with basic needs such as housing and health.

The report finds that the Individual Placement and Support approach can be adapted successfully to support prisoners to get work when they are released. It calls on the Government to invest in a larger scale trial of IPS for former prisoners and to reform existing employment services in the criminal justice system. The report also found that few of the people who had been in contact with prison mental health services as a result of complex needs and vulnerabilities were supported by community mental health services after their release. And many former prisoners got scant help with housing or money despite leaving prison with nowhere to live and no income. It calls on the NHS and probation services to offer more effective, holistic support to former prisoners to support their rehabilitation.

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NHS operational productivity: unwarranted variations Mental health services Community health services

NHS Improvement, May 2018

This report from the Carter review has looked at the productivity and efficiency of mental health and community health services. It has done so in the context of the Five Year Forward View and its delivery plan which are clear that these services provide critical support to patients in the most appropriate setting, and assist the better management of mental and physical health conditions.  key findings are:

  • There is significant good practice but there needs to be stronger mechanisms for sharing this between trusts.
  • Workforce productivity is mixed, particularly in services delivered in the community, and NHS Improvement must step up its support for trusts to drive improvements in the engagement, retention and wellbeing of their staff.
  • The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme should extend its approach to community health and mental health services, and specify more efficient and high quality pathways of care for patients.
  • The use of mobile working and technology to drive efficiency and productivity is inconsistent and poor in many areas.
  • There is scope for trusts to take action across all areas of spend including corporate services, procurement and estates.

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Getting my life back: Occupational therapy promoting mental health and wellbeing in England

Royal College of Occupational Therapists, May 2018

Report by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to demonstrate the value of occupational therapy in England. The report assesses the impact of occupational therapy in four keys areas:

  • helping young people to achieve their educational potential,
  • supporting people with mental health issue into employment,
  • improving the physical health of people with serious mental health problems
  • leading innovative service delivery that improves access to mental health support in primary care.

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Transforming care: the challenges and solutions

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, May 2018

Voluntary Organisations Disability Group report outlining challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care. This follows the implementation of a pilot project, the report offers recommendations for future steps.  The challenges involving commissioners, funders and care providers include:

  • delays in hospital discharge plans, including a lack of knowledge in local authorities about potential community support options
  • negative attitudes and aspirations towards people supported (for example, referring to people by patient identity number instead of by their name)
  • confusion about costs, with commissioners and funders underestimating the cost of initial support immediately after discharge and/or therapeutic support
  • a lack of support to families, despite the fact that responsive ongoing support to families is critical to the sustainability of support to their loved one.

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