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

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

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Mental health patients failed by ‘unsafe’ crisis care system, CQC finds

June 12,2015

Regulator says findings are ‘wake up call’ for commissioners, NHS providers and councils to address issues

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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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‘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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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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Deprivation of liberty: Court ruling leaves councils struggling to find representatives for people lacking capacity

June 10,2015

Local authorities finding that paid professionals to take on role of relevant person's representative are in short supply

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Rise in mental health bed occupancy

June 4,2015

Latest NHS figures show occupancy at highest level since dataset began in 2010-11

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Woman wins £27,000 payout over care package row between council and NHS

May 29,2015

Ombudsman investigation finds multiple failings in council and NHS support for vulnerable woman with mental health needs

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Government quells fears it could scrap coalition’s mental health funding pledge

May 29,2015

Campaigners welcome announcement but call for greater transparency on funding

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Deprivation of liberty: Sign up for webinar to learn about proposed Dols replacement

May 27,2015

Community Care webinar on 7 July will feature presentation from Tim Spencer-Lane from the Law Commission

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More mental health cuts inevitable without funding reform, warns boss of under-fire trust

May 21,2015

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive says providers are 'victims' of unfair NHS payment system

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Lessons for social work practice from people’s stories of poverty

May 21,2015

A recent report into poverty gives the lie to the stereotypes of 'scroungers' and 'skivers' and provides valuable learning for social workers, says Karen Postle

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Government sets out £15m plan to cut use of police cells for mental health patients

May 20,2015

Policing and crime bill will also ban the use of police cells for mentally unwell children and cut detention time limits

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Supporting women with alcohol issues: what social workers need to know

May 20,2015

Problematic alcohol use among women is often associated with domestic or sexual abuse or self-harm and requires a tailored and sensitive response from practitioners, says Dr Patsy Staddon

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Deprivation of liberty safeguards caseloads rose ten-fold in year after Supreme Court ruling

May 12,2015

Figures indicate councils are running up backlogs of cases as less than half of applications have been completed

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