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One in seven mental health patients in ‘out of area’ beds – official figures

The government is facing growing pressure to reduce the number of acutely unwell mental health patients being sent away from their local areas for beds after official figures suggested at least one in seven patients are in ‘out of area’ hospitals. Experimental data published by the health and social care information centre (HSCIC) showed that […]

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Prejudice from the professionals: mental health anti-stigma initiative targets services

August 11,2015

The Time to Change campaign has partnered with two NHS trusts to tackle stigma and discrimination within mental health services

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Approved mental health professionals set to strike over night shift row

August 10,2015

Unison claims council’s introduction of compulsory night shift rota to replace ‘opt-in’ system potentially puts staff and service users at risk

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Social work students on mental health fast-track scheme to get bursaries equivalent to £19k salary

August 21,2015

Think Ahead has also revealed the location of its summer institute and a more detailed overview of how the scheme will work

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‘It was a witch hunt’: Social worker who won unfair dismissal case speaks out

August 20,2015

Graham Hennis talks to Community Care after winning his two and a half year legal battle with Oldham council following the death of a service user

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‘Care proceedings can be distressing for parents. My job is to get their voices heard’

August 18,2015

A parenting advocate at Mind in Croydon explains how the service supports parents with mental health problems during statutory children’s services processes

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Complying with landmark deprivation of liberty ruling would cost extra £1.5bn a year

August 11,2015

Impact assessment drawn up by Law Commission highlights gap between current practice and cost of full compliance

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National Autistic Society urges national intervention over Cumbria CAMHS ‘disarray’

August 5,2015

Autism charity calls on NHS England and the Care Quality Commission to act after 'losing faith' in Cumbria's child and adolescent mental health services

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Inside the UK’s only ‘wet’ residential care home for men with chronic alcohol problems

August 5,2015

At Oak Mount, there are no restrictions on alcohol consumption. Natalie Valios goes to Bradford to discover how this actually reduces harm

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads reach record level

August 4,2015

Councils breaching legal timescales for Dols assessments in large number of cases, official figures show

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Cornwall council scraps privatisation plans

August 3,2015

A multimillion pound outsourcing of children's health and social care services has been shelved in favour of integration

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Deprivation of liberty: How long are BIAs taking to complete assessments?

July 31,2015

One local authority’s Dols team has launched a national survey to find out...

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Do we talk too much in social work?

July 23,2015

Academic Rhian Taylor ponders the importance of silence

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Better outcomes for less cost but under threat: street triage services for vulnerable adults

July 22,2015

Street triage is a proven alternative to detention for people found in distress by the police but its success is at risk from the lack of a national strategy, writes social worker Matt Bee

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Sending acutely ill mental health patients out of area ‘increases post-discharge suicide risk’

July 22,2015

National inquiry on suicide calls for end to out of area placements for acute admissions and urges commissioners to review safety of acute services

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‘I feel lucky to have the chance to do creative social work – many others don’t’

July 20,2015

Mental Health Social Worker of the Year, Wendy Whitaker, talks to Community Care about her 36 year career in the profession

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Mental health patients sent hundreds of miles for beds as out of area placements rise 23 per cent

July 15,2015

Patients faced journeys of up to 370 miles for beds in 2014-15 as local services struggled to meet demand, Community Care research finds

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Mental health beds crisis ‘driven by discharge delays’, finds report

July 15,2015

Pressure on beds is "very significantly a problem of discharges and alternatives to admission", concludes commission

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Deprivation of liberty: First thoughts on the Law Commission’s reform proposals

July 14,2015

The Law Commission consultation is a once in a generation opportunity to address a deeply flawed system, argues Ben Troke of law firm Browne Jacobson

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