Mental health patients sent ‘hundreds of miles’ for care

BBC News, 15 July 2015

The number of mental health patients in England who had to travel away from their local area to get care has risen by almost a quarter over the past year, figures seen by the BBC suggest.

Some patients have been sent hundreds of miles for treatment because no beds are available locally, the data shows…

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New NHS safe staffing framework for mental health wards published

NHS England, July 2015

NHS England has launched a new practical guide to help ensure the right people with the right skills are recruited into the right inpatient mental health settings.  The Mental Health Staffing Framework, which focuses on inpatient care, aims to equip mental health leaders with the skills and knowledge to plan and deliver safe staffing, and provide a means of assessing their services against agreed best practice.

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Seven mental health patients died waiting for beds

BBC News, 28 November 2014

Seven mental health patients have killed themselves in England since 2012 after being told there were no hospital beds for them, the BBC has learned.

An investigation of coroners’ reports and NHS trust papers with the journal Community Care found another patient denied a bed later killed his mother….

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