Inpatient provision for children and young people with mental health problems

Education Policy Institute, August 2017

This report examines the state of child and adolescent mental health inpatient services in England. The analysis explores the latest evidence and NHS data on admissions, quality of care, staffing and capacity.  The report finds that one in nine inpatient units in England failed to meet the minimum standard for staff to patient ratios, while around a quarter did not employ enough permanent staff.  The report also identifies problems with delayed discharge of patients and that inpatient mental health services for young people on average failed to meet 7% of minimum standards.

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Feasibility of a UK community-based, eTherapy mental health service in Greater Manchester: repeated-measures and between-groups study of Living Life to the Full Interactive, Sleepio and Breaking Free Online at Self Help Services

BMJ Open,

There is increasing evidence to support the effectiveness of eTherapies for mental health, although limited data have been reported from community-based services. Therefore, this service evaluation reports on feasibility and outcomes from an eTherapy mental health service.

Data presented provide evidence for feasibility of this eTherapy delivery model in supporting service users with a range of mental health difficulties and suggest that eTherapies may be a useful addition to treatment offering in community-based services.

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MH:2K Oldham: a youth-led approach to exploring mental health

Involve, July 2017

MH:2K is a new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to identify the mental health issues that they see as most important, engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics and work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.
From September 2016 to July 2017 MH:2K was piloted in Oldham.  This report presents the project’s findings and recommendations on youth mental health, the impacts of the project and the methodology of the project.

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Quality improvement in mental health

The King’s Fund, July 2017

This report describes the quality improvement journey of three mental health organisations (two in England and one in Singapore) and shows how some mental health providers are beginning to embed quality improvement across their organisations with some encouraging results.  The report suggests that quality improvement approaches could play a key role in improving the quality of mental health care.

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