Forward thinking: NIHR research on support for people with severe mental illness

National Institute of Health Research, March 2018

Report from the National Institute of Health Research detailing 30 published studies funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and additional examples of ongoing research that  provides an overview of recent research funded by the NIHR on the support for people living with severe mental illness.  The focus of research is on:

  • Support early detection and intervention
  • Focus on crisis care in terms of location, settings and practice
  • Stabilising, managing mental and physical health

Supporting recovery, self management and engagement.

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Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica – April 2018

The April issue of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica has been published.  This issue includes articles on suicide attempt predicted by academic performance and childhood IQ, comparative effect of antipsychotics on risk of self-harm among patients with schizophrenia and the comparative effect of antipsychotics on risk of self-harm among patients with schizophrenia.

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Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17

Care Quality Commission, March 2018

Annual report from the Care Quality commission on implementation of the Mental Health Act  that finds limited or no improvement in the key concerns that have been raised in the previous years. It concludes that mental health services are not doing enough to ensure that people whose liberty has been restricted under the Mental Health Act are able to exercise their rights; and that this situation is not improving.

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Service specification: low secure mental health services (Adult)

NHS England, March 2018

This service specification describes low secure inpatient services for adults (male and female) to be delivered within a clearly defined geographical area at multi-regional, regional and/or sub-regional level with service configuration determined locally based on population needs and existing service provision.

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Service specification: medium secure mental health services (Adult)

NHS England, March 2018

This service specification describes medium secure inpatient services for adults (male and female) to be delivered within a clearly defined geographical area at multi-regional, regional and/or sub-regional level with service configuration determined locally based on population needs and existing service provision.

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Prevalence and economic burden of medication errors in the NHS in England: Rapid evidence synthesis and economic analysis of the prevalence and burden of medication error in the UK

University of Sheffield Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health & Care Interventions, March 2018

Report that estimates approximately 66 million potentially clinically significant errors occur per year, 71.0% of these in primary care. This is where most medicines in the NHS are prescribed and dispensed. Prescribing in primary care accounts for 33.9% of all potentially clinically significant errors. It estimates NHS costs of definitely avoidable Adverse Drug Reactions as £98.5 million per year, consuming 181,626 beddays, causing 712 deaths, and contributing to 1,708 deaths.

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