Mental health bulletin: Annual report from MHMDS Returns 2013-14

Health & Social Care Information Centre, 27 November 2014

The Mental Health Bulletin shows that for every 100 occupied beds, fewer than one person is discharged per day (0.7). The fact that so many inpatients are spending months in hospital reduces hospitals’ capacity to accept new admissions.

As well as the special feature on the length of hospital stay for people in contact with mental health services, the report also found that:

  • The number of people in contact with mental health services rose by 9.8 per cent – 1.75m in 2013/14, rising from 1.60m in 2012/13
  • 6.0 per cent of people in contact with mental health services (105,300) spent some time as a hospital inpatient during 2013/14. In 2012/13 this figure was 6.6 per cent (105,200).
  • The median length of stay for people who had been discharged from mental health inpatient services during 2013/14 was 23 days.

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People in control of their own health and care: The State of Involvement

The King’s Fund, 4 November 2014

The idea that people should have a stronger voice in decisions about their health and care, and that services should better reflect their needs and preferences, has been a policy goal of politicians and senior policy-makers in health for at least 20 years. Patients want it, and the evidence shows that when they are involved, decisions are better, health and health outcomes improve, and resources are allocated more efficiently.
Despite this, and some small pockets of improvement, there has generally been a lack of progress towards fully involving people in their own health and care. This report examines the reasons behind this, and considers how we can advance the cause of making person-centred care the core of health and care reform.

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Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help

The British Psychological Society, 27 November 2014

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology have published a report challenging received wisdom about the nature of mental illness. 

‘Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: Why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help’ has been written by a group of eminent clinical psychologists drawn from eight universities and six NHS trusts, together with people who have themselves experienced psychosis. 

It provides an accessible overview of the current state of knowledge, and its conclusions have profound implications both for the way we understand ‘mental illness’ and for the future of mental health services. 

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Independent report demands action on care of people with learning disabilities

NHS England, 26 November 2014

NHS England has published an independent report into the future care of people with learning disabilities.

Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address the serious shortcomings in the provision of support for people with learning disabilities.

Sir Stephen’s report makes a series of recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the government, that include a robust NHS commissioning framework to support people with learning disabilities and autism move out of hospitals and into the community.

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John Kennedy’s care home inquiry

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 25 October 2014

The final report of a personal inquiry into the crisis in UK care homes for older people.

Between May 2013 and May 2014, John Kennedy, the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s Director of Care Services, carried out an inquiry to discover how to address the crisis in the UK’s care homes, and to find out what makes a good care home.

During John’s inquiry, which built on existing JRF research, he spoke to a range of people involved in the care sector, and used social media to broaden the range of views.

Click here for further information and to download the report.

New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma

International Longevity Centre, 28 October 2014

This new compendium of essays examines the social stigma which surrounds dementia, highlighting that stigma is impending early diagnosis, care and research into the disease.

The report, New perspectives and approaches to understanding dementia and stigma, published by the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) in collaboration with the MRC, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the drug company Pfizer, shines a light on the impact the fear around dementia has on those living with the condition, their families and carers, which prevents the research community capturing a full picture of the disease.

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North West Careers Report 2012-14

Health Education North West, October 2014

This report summarises the careers support activity within HENW from 2012 to 2014. The change in delivery of healthcare and the increasing diversity of opportunities available to doctors makes career management skills an important aspect of their professional skill set, in turn supporting them to deliver the most effective and safest care.

In the North West, strategic objectives have been met within an increasingly tight budgeting climate. Capitalising on existing careers support skills and supporting the development of local individuals with enthusiasm to support trainees has proved fruitful, both in the extension of provision available and containing central careers costs. Standards achieved compare very positively with other regions of HEE and the four nations, as well as matrix standards and Academy of Medical Educator standards.

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