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NSFT chief executive Michael Scott

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

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

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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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‘Open dialogue is an opportunity for post-psychiatry evolution not anti-psychiatry revolution’

May 8,2015

There’s a real ‘sea change’ in the air as services crumble under ongoing austerity measures and increasing caseloads, writes mental health social worker Ash Holderness

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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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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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‘We’re shining a light on the everyday life of people with mental health difficulties’

May 8,2015

How can we expect to improve services when we don't really know much about what day-to-day life is like for people using them?

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‘We must do more to support the mental health and wellbeing of care leavers’

May 5,2015

Louise Bazalgette, development manager for children in care at the NSPCC, argues that more needs to be done for children leaving care

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Find your inner legal eagle at Community Care Live 2015

April 27,2015

Community Care Live 15’s legal clinics are set to help social workers get to grips with the latest developments in legislation

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Deprivation of liberty: Law Commission eyes ‘simpler’ system to protect rights

April 22,2015

Reforms will look to strike right balance by offering 'less cumbersome scheme' that retains effective safeguards

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Nick Clegg

Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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15 tips for implementing personal budgets in mental health

April 13,2015

New briefing paper from Think Local Act Personal draws on learning from local authority leaders

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Deprivation of liberty: 27 case examples to help social workers comply with landmark ruling

April 9,2015

List of cases issued as part of guidance drawn up by Law Society to help handle practical implications of last year's 'Cheshire West' ruling

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Government sounds third warning over lack of mental capacity advocacy referrals for safeguarding

April 2,2015

Referral rates too low compared to numbers of safeguarding cases, says Department of Health annual report on IMCA service, echoing previous two reports

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Government finds extra funds to help manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards pressures

March 27,2015

£25m falls well short of local authority demands but will help manage caseload pressures triggered by Cheshire West judgement

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Norman Lamb

Lamb: Why we are providing £25m to help staff deliver the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

March 27,2015

One-off investment for 2015-16 will help local authorites use Dols to protect rights of vulnerable people, says care minister

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Mental health staffing problems linked to ward suicides

March 24,2015

Research on suicides of patients under observation raises concerns about dependence on inexperienced and agency staff

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