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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Horizontal or Vertical: Which way to integrate?: Approaches to community services integration and consequences for emergency hospital activity: A case study based on the Transforming Community Services Policy

The Strategy Unit, Midlands and Lancashire CCG, June 2018

This report explores the impact integration choices made by Primary Care Trusts had on the level and growth in emergency hospital use in older people and considers the wider implications for the NHS as it develops new models of care and integrated care systems. It reflects on policies that lead to structural change. In 2010-11, emphatic and definitive claims were made about the benefits of Transforming Community Services. Substantial resources were used to develop plans and extensive assurance processes were put in place to check that these would deliver the changes required. But as far as we can tell, no attempt was made to test whether the promised benefits were realised.  Eight years on from this reform and familiar claims are being made about benefits of structurally integrating services. Management teams are exploring options and developing plans and regulators are establishing new assurance frameworks. The question of whether and how to structurally integrate services lies at the heart of this process. This paper attempts to draw out the lessons from Transforming Community Services for those wrestling with this question.

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Behind the Headlines: the battle to get care at home

Age UK, June 2018

Age UK report that finds families it seems, getting access to decent quality, reliable home care, and maintaining it, is a real battle. Key issues are:

  • Long waits to get an assessment
  • Services that are disjointed or simply unresponsive
  • Social services refusing to get involved
  • Fundamental lack of capacity in the system
  • Poor quality services and support
  • Support and services being cut back
  • Help for families providing care being withdrawn

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British Journal of Mental Health Nursing – Volume 7, issue 3

Issue 3 of British Journal of Mental Health Nursing has now been published.  This issue includes articles on outcomes of untreated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mental health and spirituality, and identifying and addressing barriers to men seeking help for depression.

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Making the money work in the health and care system

HfMA and PWC, June 2018

Joint report from the HfMA and PWC identifying how financial flows could be redesigned to find a better way to make money work in the health and care system. The report sets out why the current complex system of funding flows do not support the proposed new models of more integrated care introduced in the Five-year forward view and therefore need to change. It proposes:

  • Financial flows should be aligned with the emerging place based architecture
  • Systems should be provided with more clarity through longer-term funding
  • Money should be focused towards achieving better outcomes.

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