Mental health services are near to collapse

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are in a state of near-collapse across much of the UK according to a shocking new report by mental health charity stem4, publicised in The Guardian. The report draws on a survey this spring of 1001 GPs, and finds 95% of respondents believe CAMHS services are either in

Policy of underfunding and outsourcing fails mental health patients

As the most vulnerable NHS mental health patients face growing waits for treatment, and ministers want to start talking about a new mental health strategy, it is time to recognise that partnerships with the private sector are no easy route to easing the NHS waiting lists.   Private health companies have a strong foothold in

Is in-store support the future for mental health in the UK?

Boots brought private health a little closer to the high street last week with the launch of a subscription-based on-demand service for customers suffering from depression and anxiety. A press release supporting the move cites the current crisis in free mental healthcare provision in the NHS – and appears to link it with a claimed

Low NHS capacity in mental health leaves it beholden to private companies

The evidence of a massive increase in people in need of help from mental health services in the UK is now incontrovertible. NHS England reports 1.4 million people on the waiting list for care, with an additional eight million who would benefit from care, but who do not meet current criteria.   Funding?  Despite all the

Mental health: data backs up concerns over services

The last three months have seen more worrying reports of the pressure mental health services are under as a system that was struggling before the pandemic now tries to cope with a surge in requests for support.  In early January 2022, NHS Digital data showed the dramatic surge in demand for services for eating disorders

Mental health services – never more in need of Help!

Report finds mental health beds for young people fell by 20% since 2017 65% of trusts leaders say they are unable to meet demand 50% of NHS capacity is outsourced to the private sector NHS England’s latest TV ad promoting talking therapies, featuring music celebrities and a spoken rendition of a classic Beatles song, has

Lord Stevens pushes for clarity on mental health funding

Lord Simon Stevens, the previous chief executive of NHS England, has tabled amendments to the health and care bill currently making its way through Parliament, which would force the government to be clear on the level of funding it is providing for mental health services.  The amendments would require NHS England’s annual report to disclose

Major mental health provider told “patients deserve better”

Mental health services are very unlikely to see any of the £15 billion in funding announced by the government in the first week of September, according to sources reported in the HSJ, despite NHS England’s estimates of around 10 million people who would benefit from these services. The money is earmarked for reducing the backlog

Care Quality Commission – an impossible job?

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was set up by the last Labour administration, under the terms of the 2008 Health and Social Care Act, and began operating under the umbrella of the Department of Health & Social Care the following year. It replaced three existing organisations – the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare

Millions go without mental health support

There are around 8 million people in England that are denied access to mental health services because they do not have severe enough symptoms to get put onto a waiting list, according to NHS leaders.  As the official waiting list stands at around 1.6 million people, this means there are now almost 10 million people

The “terrifying” mental health crisis explained

As the nation slowly comes out of lockdown, the prediction that the pandemic will be accompanied by a wave of mental illness is now backed up by figures. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned that England is now “in the grip of a mental health crisis” as a result of the Covid pandemic. It

Mental health services still waiting on promised improvements

As we move into 2021, the year Jeremy Hunt promised to have redressed the “historic imbalance” between physical and mental health, and ended the scandal of patients being treated miles from home, it’s already clear that none of Hunt’s promises made back in 2017, when he was still Health Secretary, were worth the paper they were printed

New plan urgently needed to cope with surge in mental health problems

Key points: Covid could lead to new or extra mental health support being needed for 10million people  Research shows the number of men having suicidal thoughts has double in 10 years Charities and unions criticise lack of action and call for more realistic funding  to train and recruit extra staff As the country entered lockdown

Will NHS mental health care become more reliant on failing private companies?

On 1 October 2020, NHS England passed its budget for specialist mental health services to 10 groups of providers across England, but plans show that even after changes, there will be a considerable role for private companies – in particular for in-patient mental health services and learning disability services with some independent providers selected despite

Demand for mental health soars after patients abandoned in lockdown

By Sylvia Davidson and Paul Evans Since the introduction of lockdown measures in March, there have been concerns about the effect of the pandemic on the nation’s mental health and the implications for the NHS’s already over-stretched services. Now it is becoming clear just how big the challenge is and how lockdown planning left many

CCGs caught short-changing mental health services

Several Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been found to have made false claims about how much they have spent on mental health services in the 2018/19 financial year, according to the HSJ. The information from NHS England and NHS Improvement, seen by the HSJ, shows that in the 2018/19 funding period auditors found that 16

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