An alternative guide to mental health care in England

King’s Fund, October 2015

King’s Fund animation aims to demonstrate the range of services available in mental health care and also highlight some of the issues that need to be addressed.

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Mental Health Taskforce: Engagement Report

NHS England, September 2015

More than 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.

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Care After Death: Guidance for staff responsible for care after death (Second edition)

Hospice UK, May 2015

First published in 2011, the ‘Guidance for staff responsible for care after death’ showed that care after death is the first stage of a process which involves a range of professional groups and that coordinated working is vital if the process is to run smoothly. Endorsed by three royal colleges and other national organisations, the focus of the second edition has been extended to include recommendations relating to the training of staff and to addressing deaths in mental health services and prisons. Author: Jo Wilson on behalf of National Nurse Consultant Group (Palliative Care).

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Practical pointers help providers prep for CQC inspection

NHS Confederation, 20 April 2015

Tips on how mental health providers can prepare for new-style Care Quality Commission inspections are included in a new guide published by the NHS Confederation’s Mental Health Network.

An inspector calls: An insider’s guide to preparing for a CQC inspection draws on advice from chief executives and chairs involved in the first raft of inspections under the health regulator’s new regime, which includes more comprehensive inspections and larger inspection teams.

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Child mental health services ‘unfit’

BBC News, 5 November 2014

There are “serious and deeply ingrained problems” with child and adolescent mental health services, officials warn.  The Health Select Committee says the whole system – from prevention and early intervention through to inpatient services – has issues…

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