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

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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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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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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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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‘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 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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Deprivation of liberty: A summary of the Law Commission’s reform proposals

July 8,2015

Tim Spencer-Lane gives a summary of the key themes included in a 200 page consultation paper published this week

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Open dialogue means there is no single truth and no manual

July 8,2015

There’s no one truth, instructions or manual for practising open dialogue, writes mental health social worker Ash Holderness

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Law Commission unveils proposals for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards replacement

July 7,2015

Protective care scheme aims to cut bureaucracy and introduce more human rights protections into mainstream care management

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Deprivation of liberty ruling contributing to ‘unprecedented pressure’ on Approved Mental Health Professionals

June 29,2015

Cheshire West ruling has led to several AMHP teams facing surge in requests for Mental Health Act assessments, report finds

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‘People deprived of liberty in supported living are at risk of human rights violations’

June 18,2015

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were fatally flawed from the start by their failure to include supported living services, says Lucy Series

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‘I have supplied him with clean clothes and bought his favourite biscuits to gain his trust’

June 18,2015

A substance misuse social worker talks through her day spent providing motivation, understanding and gaining trust

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Government brings forward deadline for deprivation of liberty reform plans

June 17,2015

Accelerated timetable will see Law Commission publish draft legislation by end of 2016

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Councils’ failure to make court applications leaving ‘widespread unlawful deprivations of liberty’

June 17,2015

Councils have made just 1.6% of court applications they feel may be needed to ensure community care placements comply with landmark Cheshire West ruling, Community Care research finds

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Court of Appeal ruling means streamlined deprivation of liberty process is fatally flawed

June 16,2015

Clarity on the law in relation to deprivation of liberty cannot come soon enough in the light of another landmark case, explains Ben Troke of law firm Browne Jacobson

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CQC regulation of AMHPs could crack down on councils ‘ignoring’ statutory duties

June 16,2015

Social work leaders say regulatory scrutiny of Approved Mental Health Professional provision must also boost staff support

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Judge makes second call for Supreme Court to reconsider Cheshire West due to “serious confusion” in law

June 12,2015

In series of judgements, Mr Justice Mostyn has questioned the Cheshire West judgement and said the law on deprivation of liberty is in state of confusion

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