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

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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NHS England to ‘urgently’ open more children’s mental health beds

July 10,2014

Move comes as official review finds too many young people being sent long distances for care due to bed shortages and staffing problems

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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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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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Local services hit as social workers join mass strike action over pay

July 10,2014

Councils report reduced services as social work and social care staff walk out over 1% pay rise offer

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Consultation on revised Mental Health Act code of practice launched

July 9,2014

Department of Health invites social worker feedback on first revisions to code since 2008

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An animated insight into life on a mental health unit

July 3,2014

See the result of film collaboration between staff, patients and a professional animator...

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Teenager who took her own life failed by children’s mental health services, finds review

July 2,2014

Cumbrian child and adolescent mental health services deemed not fit for purpose following teenager's suicide

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Fiona Start: 'as a social worker you can't afford to really feel people's distress.'

Wearing two hats: How do counselling and social work fit together?

July 1,2014

Fiona Start explains the dilemmas facing dual qualified social workers with a background in counselling

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‘We are getting to the point where funding is unsustainable if we want to meet need appropriately’ – Adass chief

July 1,2014

An unexpected surge in deprivation of liberty cases is loading further pressure on councils on top of four years of cuts, warns directors' chief

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Demand for best interest assessor training rockets following Supreme Court ruling

June 30,2014

Advocacy provider also reports substantial increase in demand following landmark judgement on deprivation of liberty

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Families warn commissioners against retaining learning disability provider simply because it is “too big to fail”

June 30,2014

Report comes amid speculation that Southern Health NHS Trust will not have its contract to run Oxfordshire services renewed following damning inspection reports

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Savile’s victims “belittled or even laughed at” when they tried to report abuse, finds investigation

June 26,2014

Reports into Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor find major failings which allowed DJ to abuse for almost 50 years

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How three projects are transforming social work in the South West

June 25,2014

Community Care discovers how three innovative South West projects are growing AMHPs, localising social work and rethinking domiciliary care

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Social work diary: ‘It’s great to be asked to bring a social work perspective to the case’

June 25,2014

A mental health social worker reflects on a challenging week

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Tips for involving service users in mental health assessments

June 24,2014

By Jeremy Dixon
In one of my first jobs as a mental health social worker I used to visit the office of the local crisis team. There was a poster in the staffroom of a pair of handcuffed fists with…

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‘More social work placements in mental health services needed’, says minister

June 24,2014

Shortage of placements for trainees brought up in Lords debate on mental health social work

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