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NHS commissioners and local authorities must give AMHPs more support, says DH

Revised Mental Health Act code of practice also strengthens focus on duties of NHS commissioners around bed availability

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New Mental Health Act code of practice published

January 15,2015

First revised version of Code of Practice since 2008 will come into force from 1st April 2015

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Mental health workers must recognise they are only human to prevent burnout, finds study

January 9,2015

Australian research stresses mental health workers’ understanding of burnout doesn’t make them immune to it

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How Community Care Live is changing in 2015 and how you can book your place

January 26,2015

This year we'll be running two events - one in Birmingham and one in London - covering the latest in adults and children's social work

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Case backlog leaves ‘worryingly high’ number of people deprived of liberty without authorisation, warns CQC

January 26,2015

Regulator finds local authorities have been overwhelmed by impact of Supreme Court's 'Cheshire West' ruling last year

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Council faces bill of over £100,000 for unlawfully depriving 90-year-old of liberty

January 22,2015

Judge attacks "reprehensible conduct" of authority in breaching man's human rights and Mental Capacity Act principles

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Social workers given guidance on applying deprivation of liberty ‘acid test’ to end-of-life care

January 16,2015

Government issues advice note in bid to ensure system does not put ‘paperwork before people’ in applying Cheshire West judgement to end-of-life care

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Real-terms funding cut to children’s mental health services revealed

January 9,2015

Figures released to parliament show NHS funding for CAMHS services fell by more than 6% in real-terms over four years

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Deprivation of liberty safeguards paperwork cut as ‘unnecessary’ forms scrapped

January 9,2015

Government-commissioned review sees forms for Dols authorisations reduced from 32 to 13

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Mental health social work fast-track scheme invites academics to bid for partnership

January 8,2015

Think Ahead, the mental health social work training programme, has launched the procurement process to identify an academic partner

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The top ten social work stories of 2014

December 18,2014
All your favourite articles of the year in one handy compilation
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Government approves ‘temporary’ fix to best interests assessor training dilemma

December 12,2014

College of Social Work endorsement scheme will be used as vehicle to approve new providers wanting to set up BIA courses until January 2016

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Government back-to-work schemes ‘failing’ people with mental health problems

December 12,2014

Campaigners call for creation of specialist employment support programme better suited to mental health as Work Programme 'ineffective' for client group

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NHS pilot schemes to review CAMHS thresholds and out-of-area placements

December 11,2014

Eight local areas to take part in NHS England funded programme to test improvements to children’s mental health services

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Withdrawing social workers from NHS mental health teams will hamper personal budget integration, says guide

December 9,2014

Social Care Institute for Excellence guide urges staff to support people in positive-risk taking around personal budgets

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Faye won the Outstanding Contribution to Social Work award at this year's Social Worker of the Year Awards

BASW’s Faye Wilson: ‘I live and breathe mental health’

December 5,2014

BASW’s mental health chair, Faye Wilson, reflects on her 40 year career after winning the ‘outstanding contribution to social work’ accolade at the Social Worker of the Year Awards

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How NHS England justifies its claim of a ‘real terms’ rise in mental health spending

December 4,2014

Last week NHS England told us spending was rising beyond inflation. We asked for the evidence. Here's what we were sent

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Mental health trust investigated by health watchdog after racking up £1.7m deficit

December 3,2014

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to be investigated after concerns over finances and leadership

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Government to spend £150m ‘transforming’ mental health services for young people with eating disorders

December 2,2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that the government will spend £150m over 5 years to develop community-based services for young people with eating disorders

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