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Podcast: A crash course for social workers on changes to the Mental Health Act code of practice

A 10 minute guide to some of the key changes to the code of practice and some concerns that have been raised by practitioners

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CQC report highlights impact of mental health bed pressures on patient care

August 22,2014

Wide-ranging inspection report shows how high occupancy levels impacting patient and staff

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Lamb: Children’s mental health system ‘not fit for purpose’

August 20,2014

Minister says NHS England and Department of Health taskforce will ‘find best solution’ to service failures

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Adult services director: ‘It’s impossible to deal with a ten-fold increase in workload overnight’

August 13,2014

Solihull council's director of adult services tells us how the council is responding to a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

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How one council hopes a dedicated Dols team can help manage surge in cases

August 13,2014

Barnsley council explain their strategy to tackling a hike in cases triggered by landmark 'Cheshire West' court ruling

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Children facing ‘unacceptable’ delays for mental health care, say council leaders

August 13,2014

Council leaders believe only overhaul of children's mental health system can now ensure improvement

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Social workers pulled from casework to clear backlog in deprivation of liberty referrals

August 13,2014

Warning that scramble for BIAs to cope with surge in referrals in wake of court ruling risks depleting social work teams

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‘Streamlined deprivation of liberty process risks rubber-stamping local authority decisions’

August 11,2014

Sector reaction to plans to 'fast-track' the Court of Protection process for handling deprivation of liberty cases

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Court unveils plans to ‘fast track’ deprivation of liberty cases

August 8,2014

Some applications can be fast-tracked on paper evidence alone to help court cope with surge in applications, senior judge rules

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Call for rethink of ‘flawed’ NHS plan to cut inappropriate learning disability placements

August 6,2014

Network of learning disability experts urges NHS England group to shift focus of scheme to demand reduction

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Submit your questions for DH about the revised Mental Health Act code of practice

August 6,2014

How do you feel the code of practice can better support your practice?

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Social workers don’t know enough about substance misuse, study warns

August 5,2014

Councils replicating training provided through degree programmes, warns study

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Children’s homes must take responsibility for missing children, warn police

July 31,2014

Report warns missing incidents should affect care home's Ofsted rating after examining over 1,300 cases of missing people

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Children and adults missing from social care cost police millions, study reveals

July 31,2014

Graphic based on 1,300 cases of missing people in one local police area, examined by Portsmouth University

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New laws for deprivation of liberty in supported living to be drafted by 2017

July 25,2014

Three-year review of system for authorising deprivation of liberty in settings not covered by Dols will get underway this summer

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Chief social worker: ‘Tell us how the Mental Health Act code of practice can better support you’

July 24,2014

The Mental Health Act code of practice is being revised for the first time since 2008. Social work’s input to the process will be crucial, writes Lyn Romeo

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Staffing cuts mooted in plan to plug mental health trust’s £15m funding gap

July 22,2014

Review of services in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey puts forward cost-cutting plan after finding services 'unsustainable'

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Experts warn over heightened suicide risk for mental health patients post-discharge

July 16,2014

Analysis of suicides over 10-year period finds suicide risk especially acute in first two weeks after leaving hospital

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Labour calls for two-year deadline to end inappropriate learning disability hospital placements

July 15,2014

Move comes as NHS England announces voluntary-sector led project in latest bid to curb use of inpatient services for people with learning disabilities

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