Government Launches Mental Health Taskforce (Department of Health)

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The Deputy Prime Minister has established, and will chair, a Mental Health Taskforce, which will include Cabinet ministers from across government departments. A number of issues will be examined urgently.

“The taskforce will include the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, Home Secretary Theresa May, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, Business Secretary Vince Cable, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and ministers from Education, Health and Defence.”

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Mental Health Taskforce announced. London: Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, The Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP and Department of Health, November 24th 2014.

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The Winterbourne View: Time for Change Report (BBC News / ACEVO / NHS England)

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The government may be failing many people with learning disabilities, by sending them to hospitals too far from home for too long, according to the “Winterbourne View: Time for Change” report, commissioned by NHS England.

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Kotecha, S. (2014). Winterbourne View report: Learning disability care ‘failing’. London: BBC News / BBC Health News, November 26th 2014.

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Possible Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Schizophrenia? (BBC News / PNAS)

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A “weak spot” in the brain, which may be play some common role(s) underlying both Alzheimer’s Disease and schizophrenia, appears to have been identified using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scans.

The brain area in question has been found to develop in late adolescence and it degenerates earliest during age-related cognitive decline. It plays a role in “higher order” information processing, including the coordination of information coming-in from the different senses.

Medical Research Council researchers have found that patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and those with schizophrenia have the same brain region affected in common.

The researchers believe they may now be on the tracks towards discovering a potential link between brain development, cognitive ageing and disease processes (including dementia) in the brain. Interestingly, but possibly just a coincidence, schizophrenia used to be termed “premature dementia” / “dementia praecox”.

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Brain’s dementia weak spot identified. London: BBC Health News, November 25th 2014.

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Douaud, G. Groves, AR. [and] Tamnes, CK. [et al] (2014). A common brain network links development, aging, and vulnerability to disease. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. November 24th 2014. [Epub ahead of print].

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Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) Winners Announced (NHS England)

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Forty six NHS organisations receive a share of the £2.5m Regional Innovation Fund (RIF). This fund is intended to help change patients’ lives and improve care through innovation. The winners of NHS England’s Regional Innovation Fund were announced by Chief Executive Simon Stevens, at the Managers in Partnership Conference 2014.

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Simon Stevens announces winners of £2.5m Regional Innovation Fund. London: NHS England, November 19th 2014.

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Regional Innovation Fund allocations 2014/15. London: NHS England, November 12th 2014.

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Tackling Long-Term Conditions: the Coalition for Collaborative Care (NHS England)

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More than 15 million people in the UK live with a long-term health condition. The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) was launched last week at the Future of Health Conference. This coalition of national groups and organisations aims to champion system-wide transformation in how people with long-term conditions receive and use care and support.

“This innovative new partnership will focus on re-framing the relationship between a person with long-term health conditions and the professionals supporting them. This allows the expertise of both to be used most effectively to help the person plan to manage their condition and maximise their well-being. It will draw strongly on the House of Care developed by the Year of Care Partnerships which highlights what is required to achieve person-centred coordinated care”.

Read more: NHS England. New alliance in social care and health launched.

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New alliance in social care and health launched. London: NHS England, November 21st 2014.

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Towards a new deal for people with long term conditions: Martin Routledge. London: NHS England, November 21st 2014.

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Our vision for the future. London: The Coalition for Collaborative Care, November 19th 2014.

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Intelligent Monitoring of Trusts Providing Mental Health Services (BBC News / CQC)

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has ranked mental health NHS trusts in England to indicate their risk of providing poor care. About 12% (5 trusts) of the 39 mental health trusts are in band one indicating the highest level of risk, 16 are in band two, two are in band three and 16 are in band four (the best standard of care). A separate report is published on each trust.

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Mental health NHS trusts ranked for risk of poor care. London: BBC Health News, November 20th 2014.

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Read more: Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services. Care Quality Commission.

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Intelligent monitoring: trusts that provide mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 2014.

“We have placed each trust into a priority band from one highest perceived concern to four lowest perceived concern. While the bands will help us to decide which trusts to inspect first, they don’t represent a judgement or a ranking of care quality. We haven’t banded every trust”.

Further Clarification on the Purpose of Priority Bands

The “priority bands” are officially meant to help the CQC decide priorities regarding which trusts to inspect. They do have a “secondary” early warning role implicitly.

“While the bandings are not judgements of quality, we hope NHS trusts will use our analysis to reflect on where they may need to improve”.

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Priority bands published for trusts that provide mental health services. London: Care Quality Commission, November 20th 2014.

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Parity of Challenge for NHS Mental Health Services? (BBC News / RCN)

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Staff cuts and bed shortages, in the face of increasing demand, pose questions about the credibility of the NHS “parity of esteem” policy for mental health services.

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Nurses warn of mental health services strain. London: BBC Health News, November 23rd 2014.

“Despite pledges to improve mental health care, and in particular move towards more community services, the last four years have seen a drop of more than 3300 posts in mental health nursing across the UK… Since 2010, around 1500 available beds were lost from the system in England alone. This represents a reduction of 6 per cent at a time when demand rose by 30 per cent”.

Read more: RCN warns of “turning back the clock” in mental health care. RCN.

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Frontline First. Turning back the clock? RCN report on mental health services in the UK. London: Royal College of Nursing (RCN), November 19th 2014.

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