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Andy McNicoll (right) with fellow winner Michael Buchanan

Community Care’s Andy McNicoll named journalist of the year at mental health awards

Mind media award shared with BBC’s Michael Buchanan for investigations that revealed crisis and cuts in mental health care

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Employment rate falls for people with severe learning disabilities or mental health needs

November 19,2014

Department of Health report on adult social care outcomes framework highlights issues with employment support for the two groups

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Winterbourne plan boosted by trebling in number of learning disabled people due to leave hospital

November 14,2014

Most service users placed in hospitals now have date to move into community placement, boosting policy to end inappropriate placements, reveals NHS England figures

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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Social workers given advice on using powers of entry to protect adults at risk

November 20,2014

Guidance sets out legal provisions that practitioners can use in cases where access to a vulnerable adult is restricted

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Confusion for social workers as judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivation of liberty stance

November 18,2014

Judge says mentally incapacitated people should not be considered deprived of their liberty in their own home if they are physically incapable of leaving

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‘Streamlined’ system for court authorisations of deprivation of liberty comes into force

November 17,2014

New process will allow court to make initial decisions on cases on paper evidence alone without the need for an oral hearing

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Best interests assessor numbers in Wales to be boosted by £137,000 training fund

November 17,2014

Cash injection is direct response to Supreme Court ruling in March that triggered a nine-fold hike in deprivation of liberty safeguards cases

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‘Someone must take responsibility for turning the perinatal mental health rhetoric into reality’

November 7,2014

Sally Hogg of the NSPCC says that it is high time that perinatal mental health was given the status it deserves

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Will Cornick, identified by the court after being found guilty of the murder of his spanish teacher Ann Maguire.

It’s important to learn from the rare cases of children who murder

November 6,2014

Psychiatrist Professor Dame Sue Bailey, argues such cases show the need to give equal priority to children’s mental health

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Nine-fold hike in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads confirmed by official figures

November 5,2014

Government statistics confirm findings of Community Care investigation into impact of Supreme Court ruling on Dols case numbers

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CAMHS are working in a ‘fog’ due to data drought, MPs warn

November 5,2014

Health Committee report says poor data is a cause of the “deeply ingrained problems” in child and adolescent mental health services

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Care homes ‘lack confidence’ in applying Mental Capacity Act, finds review

November 3,2014

Review of deprivation of liberty safeguards in Wales also finds some adult social care teams have 'very limited' knowledge of safeguards

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Lamb told ‘urgent’ funding for deprivation of liberty cases needed as legal threat looms

October 22,2014

Local authority leaders tell minister that councils are in 'dire need' of funds amid nine-fold rise in deprivation of liberty cases

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Problems accessing NHS units sees ‘too many’ mentally unwell end up in police cells

October 22,2014

CQC review finds too many patients placed in police cells due to problems accessing health-based places of safety

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

October 20,2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

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‘I’ll never forget the social worker who stuck with me when I was at my lowest’

October 20,2014

Ian Callaghan is using 25 years' experience of using mental health services to improve care. The kindness of staff, he says, is key.

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Bed shortages and poor ward environments blighting mental health services, finds CQC

October 16,2014

Feedback from first wave of mental health inspections identifies poor care that 'would not be acceptable' in physical health services

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