Allied health professionals job planning: a best practice guide

NHS Improvement, November 2017

Advice for trusts to ensure that their approach to job planning for allied health professionals (AHPs) is consistent with best practice.

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The future of the mental health workforce

Centre for Mental Health, November 2017

This report presents the key findings from a review of:

  • The current workforce in specialist, NHS funded mental health services in England;
  • Current policy and its impact on the future workforce;
  • The views of people who work in and use mental health services, obtained through a series of consultation events and roundtable meetings held across the country in early 2017

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Music Therapy for Depression

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, November 2017

This Cochrane Review finds that music therapy plus treatment as usual is more effective than treatment as usual alone. Music therapy seems to reduce depressive symptoms and anxiety and helps to improve functioning (e.g. maintaining involvement in job, activities, and relationships).

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Zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride for schizophrenia

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, November 2017

This Cochrane Review finds evidence available suggest that zuclopenthixol dihydrochloride is not any worse than other antipsychotics in treating the symptoms of schizophrenia, however more trials providing good-quality data are needed before firm conclusions can be made.

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Understanding the whole family – The role of families in the lives of people with severe and multiple disadvantage

Revolving Doors, November 2017

This literature review expands upon “Understanding the Whole Person”, a literature review by the Revolving Doors Agency that explored the common concepts for recovery and desistance across mental illness, substance misuse and criminology. This review is a narrative literature review that focuses on a range of topics relating to the role of families.

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