Mental health under pressure

The King’s Fund, November 2015

This briefing paper aims to focus on mental health as a system of care, examining individual pressures within the wider context of provider and commissioner actions. Although services for children and adolescents, and older people are very much part of this system of care, this briefing paper focuses on services for adults between the ages of 16 and 65.

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A Charge on Caring? Analysis Of the Use and Impact of Charges by Councils Providing Support to Unpaid Carers

Carers’ Trust, September 2015

This report finds that a growing number of councils are considering charging carers for the support they receive, putting them in financial difficulties and at risk of ill health. The research is based on Freedom of Information requests which were sent to 147 local authorities in England to find out how many are currently charging carers for support, the impact those charges are having on carers and the number of councils that will be debating the introduction of charges in the next twelve months.

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Health board’s decision to stop funding homeopathy is upheld by judicial review

BMJ News, 8 September 2015

A senior judge has decisively rejected a patient’s legal challenge to Lothian Health Board’s decision to stop funding homeopathy services on the NHS…

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Patients set to benefit through fresh boost to innovation

NHS England, 15 July 2015

More than £150,000 will be awarded to new ideas to address England’s biggest healthcare challenges in the first wave of this year’s NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes.

The Challenge is part of a broader drive to embed innovation across the NHS which includes the NHS Innovation Accelerator and Test Bed programmes, the vanguard sites around the New Models of Care and the Health and Care Innovation Expo in September…

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Creating a better care system: setting out key considerations for a reformed, sustainable health, wellbeing and care system of the future

Local Government Association, June 2015

This report, by Ernst and Young and commissioned by the LGA, is based on the sector’s views and proposes the establishment of a £1.3 billion a year transformation fund until 2019/20 to develop a new health and social care system. Supported by a pooled health and social care budget, devolved powers for health, and reformed incentives, the fund should focus on keeping people independent and preventing complex and long-term conditions.

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At a cross-roads: the future likelihood of low incomes in old age

International Longevity Centre, June 2015

This paper outlines that there are a number of key risks facing older and younger age groups which could lead to a low standard of living in retirement.  It argues that a strategy for later life funding must secure effective funding for adult social care. The paper recommends implementing the Dilnot reforms and finding ways of ensuring the provision of mass market financial advice.

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