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  1. News Article
    Traumatised Ukrainian refugees who have sought sanctuary in the UK may have to wait two years before they can get specialised therapy to help them heal from the horrors of war, according to experts. Therapists who specialise in treating war trauma say they have seen NHS waiting lists of two years before refugees can access the specialist treatment they need. Services across the UK are patchy with some areas “treatment deserts when it comes to trauma”, according to Emily Palmer-White, a psychotherapist and community manager at the charity Room to Heal, which provides support for peopl
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    The Matters of Concern are as follows: For the Priory Hospital: 1. Record keeping: During the inquest staff confirmed that they record information about patients in two ways. On the electronic records and on handwritten handover sheets. During the inquest the evidence confirmed that different information was recorded on each. There are serious concerns that staff are recording information in two places and this creates a real risk, as materialised in Matthew’s case, that different information is recorded in each place and key information gets lost. 2. Record Keeping quality: The
  3. News Article
    The death of a young woman a day after she was discharged from a mental health facility has sparked renewed calls for a public inquiry into a scandal-hit trust. Abbigail Smith, 26, who had autism and learning difficulties, was found dead in a park in Essex in February, 24 hours after she was allowed to leave the Linden Centre run by the Essex Partnership University Hospitals Foundation Trust (EPUT). The trust has launched an investigation into the care she received before she died, according to a letter seen by The Independent, and Essex Coroner’s Court will examine her death. T
  4. News Article
    The children’s inpatient unit at an ‘outstanding’ mental health trust has been downgraded to ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), amid a surge in demand for its services. The CQC previously rated child and adolescent mental health wards at Hertfordshire Partnership University Foundation Trust as “outstanding” in May 2019. But after an inspection in November and December 2021, these services were downgraded to “inadequate” overall and for the key categories of safety and leadership. Although inspecting a core service, the CQC said its visit was “not wide-ranging eno
  5. News Article
    More than 1,500 patient deaths are to be investigated in the largest-ever independent inquiry into “unacceptable” mental health care. A probe into the deaths of patients who were cared for by NHS mental health services across Essex has revealed its investigation will cover deaths from 2000 to 2020. All 1,500 people died while they were a patient on a mental health ward in Essex, or within three months of being discharged from one. In 2001, following an investigation into 25 deaths, police criticised the trust for “clear and basic” failings but did not pursue a corporate manslaug
  6. News Article
    A young woman died following “gross failings” and “neglect” by a mental health hospital in Essex which is also facing a major independent inquiry into patient deaths. Bethany Lilley, 28, died on 16 January whilst she was an inpatient at Basildon Mental Health unit, run by Essex Partnership University Hospitals. The inquest examined the circumstances of her death this week and concluded that her death was contributed by neglect due to a “plethora of failings by Essex University Partnership Trust”. Following the three week inquest, heard before coroner Sean Horstead, a jury found
  7. News Article
    A man who died from a mixed medication overdose might still be alive if the help his partner was "begging" for had been provided, a coroner said. Mental health patient Benjamin Stroud, 42, had been under the care of Essex Partnership University NHS Trust (EPUT) in the weeks before his death in March. Essex coroner Michelle Brown said in a post-inquest report that, despite "escalating psychosis", his care co-ordinator did not flag the case. Following an overdose of medication in February, his partner, a nurse, called for psychiatric intervention and despite "begging" for help, Mr
  8. Content Article
    Mr Stroud had been admitted from A&E under section 2 of the Mental Health Act between the 16 and 24 January 2021, to the Lindon Centre. He was then released under the ambit of The Gables and had been seen by a psychiatrist whilst under section 2. This appeared from the evidence to be the only time he was seen by such a person. On the 22 February 2021, he took an overdose of insulin; however, as his partner is a nurse, he didn’t attend hospital as she knew what to do. A PSIIR report and action plan was completed. Mr Stroud’s partner gave evidence, and it was clear from her account that
  9. News Article
    Three mothers whose sons have been locked in hospital psychiatric units in Scotland for years have spoken to the BBC because they’re desperate to get them out. The three young men did not break the law but have autism and learning disabilities. Jamie has autism and was sectioned after becoming distressed at 19. Although he was free to go after 3 months there was no where for him to go so he has lived in hospital units since then. He is now 24. The Scottish government said it was unacceptable to hold people with complex needs in hospital when they could be cared for in the commun
  10. Content Article
    Results More participants receiving ketamine reached full remission of suicidal ideas at day three than those receiving placebo: 46 (63.0%) of 83 participants in the ketamine arm and 25 (31.6%) of 73 in the placebo arm (odds ratio 3.7 (95% confidence interval 1.9 to 7.3), P<0.001). This effect differed according to the diagnosis (treatment: P<0.001; interaction: P=0.02): bipolar (odds ratio 14.1 (95% confidence interval 3.0 to 92.2), P<0.001), depressive (1.3 (0.3 to 5.2), P=0.6), or other disorders (3.7 (0.9 to 17.3, P=0.07)). Side effects were limited and no manic or psychotic
  11. News Article
    The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) has launched an investigation into community mental health care following the death of a 56-year-old woman. HSIB has begun examining how patients in crisis with severe mental health needs are assessed by NHS services. The investigation came after warnings from multiple coroners over the poor assessment of suicide risk in people in mental health crisis in the last year and followed the death of Frances Wellburn, who took her own life in August 2020 while under the care of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation NHS Trust (TEWV). Wel
  12. News Article
    There are serious concerns over the standards of specialist care being provided to patients with the most complex mental health needs, a BBC investigation has found. Patients sent by the NHS to stay in mental health rehabilitation units say they have been placed in unsafe environments, often far from home, with untrained staff. Experts say not enough is being done to regulate the sector, which costs the NHS half a billion pounds a year. Lissa had spent years struggling with her mental health, having experienced traumatic life events. She was diagnosed with mixed personality diso
  13. News Article
    “Unacceptable” failures by a mental health hospital to manage the physical healthcare of a woman detained under the mental health act contributed to her starving to death, The Independent has learned. A second inquest into the death of a 45-year-old woman, Jennifer Lewis, has found that the mental health hospital to which she was admitted “failed to manage her declining physical health” as she suffered from the effects of malnutrition. Ms Lewis had a long-term diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her family described how she had lived a full life, completed a degree, and given lectures about
  14. News Article
    A nurse who was struck off for refusing to admit a woman to a mental health unit before she killed herself said 'leave her, she will faint before she dies' before he kicked her out of the facility. Paddy McKee allegedly made the comment as Sally Mays, 22 - who had mental health issues - tried to strangle herself when she was refused admission. Ms Mays killed herself at home in Hull in July 2014 after being refused a place at Miranda House in Hull by McKee and another nurse. Despite her being a suicide risk, they would not give her a place at the hospital after a 14-minute assess
  15. Content Article
    The authors highlight key progress at a system level: There have been independent reviews of everyone who was found in segregation in the initial review. In July 2021, the government published its new ‘National Strategy for autistic children, young people and adults’. The strategy contains the government’s vision for autistic people and their families across six priority areas including tackling health and care inequalities for autistic people, building the right support in the community and supporting people in inpatient care. NHS England is carrying out a review of advoca
  16. Content Article
    This report states that since the publication of 'Out of sight', stakeholders have been responding to the recommendations made by the CQC. The CQC itself has been implementing the recommendations by improving how they identify closed cultures and regulation of services for people with a learning disability and autistic people. The report also states that more still needs to be done to improve the health and care experiences of people with a learning disability and autistic people, as: there are still too many people in inpatient hospital wards when admitted, some people
  17. News Article
    NHS mental health services are facing a “desperate” situation as all hospitals across the country are dangerously full and leaked data shows hundreds of patients waiting over 12 hours in A&E, The Independent can reveal. The news comes as the spread of Omicron risks outbreaks in mental health hospitals, with a large hospital in London forced to close its doors to new admissions on three wards. In response to the growing bed pressures in the capital over the past month the NHS has commissioned 40 beds from private sector hospitals run by The Priory Group, The Independent understand
  18. Content Article
    The evaluation found that: staff reported more positively on their relationships with service users. staff felt their attitudes towards the use of coercive practices such as restraint were changed. the service as a whole shifted in terms of restraint awareness and reduction. new policies, procedures and language were introduced despite barriers.
  19. News Article
    People needing acute mental health treatment are being left in prison for extended periods, HSJ can reveal. Figures HSJ obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that 3,111 patients were transferred from prisons to mental health facilities between 2018-19 and 2020-21. A total of 481 (15%) of the transfer took more than 14 days from the date the mental health casework section received an application for transfer to the date the transfer took place. Across these three years, 167 transfers (5%) took more than 28 days. The longest wait for transfer was 161 days, which happened i
  20. News Article
    A woman took her own life on a ward after her move to a mental health hospital was not facilitated. Anne Clelland was found unconscious in the toilet of her room in Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and later died of a brain injury. Anne - who had a history of self-harm - was admitted following an overdose. She was due to be moved to a psychiatric hospital three days before her death but this did not take place because of a "failure of communication." NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde pled guilty today to failing to conduct their undertaking in a way that a person would
  21. News Article
    A new community-based mental health facility is under construction in South West London. Set to open during 2022, the new facilities will provide high quality inpatient services that are designed to deliver the most modern mental health care in the country. The service will give people the best chance to recover in the best environment and will support Trust staff to deliver outstanding care. The new buildings will form part of the new ‘Springfield Village’, which will include a new 32-acre park at Springfield Hospital, as well as hundreds of new homes. Ian Garlington, Director for
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