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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2003): Mental Health Services - UK

ALLEGED ABUSE OF DEMENTIA PATIENTS INVESTIGATED

J Carvel

The Guardian, December 6th 2002, p.9

The government's Health Inspectorate has begun an investigation into allegations of persistent abuse of dementia patients at a South Manchester hospital. The Commission for Health Improvement was called in by the Greater Manchester Health Authority after they were told of a culture of violence against older people with mental illness at Withington Hospital.

CONSULTATION ON VULNERABLE ADULTS: ANALYSIS OF THE RESPONSES

J Atkinson, K Berzins and H Garner

Edinburgh: TSO for the Scottish Office Central Research Unit, 2002

Presents an analysis of the responses to a consultation on Scotland's vulnerable adults with mental incapacity. Analysis covers:

  • the definition of "vulnerable";
  • autonomy issues;
  • local authority responsibility;
  • appointment of safeguarders;
  • resource implications.

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Committee of Inquiry into Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Young People with Learning Disabilities

London: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2002

Reports results of an inquiry into the mental health needs of young people with learning difficulties aged 13-25. Finds that four in ten will experience treatable mental health problems, but will find little or no help available from mainstream services. Mainstream health services need to develop the skills and resources to be able to respond. Schools and colleges should also offer more support to students with learning difficulties.

"DON'T THEY CALL IT SEAMLESS CARE?": A STUDY OF ACUTE PSYCHIATRIC DISCHARGE

L Simons, A Petch and R Caplan

Edinburgh: TSO for Scottish Executive Social Research, 2002

Study explored the experience of acute discharge for 173 individuals in Scotland who had spent between a week and six months as a psychiatric in-patient. It focused on both the immediate experience and the subsequent six months. Found little evidence of active use of discharge protocols at ward level and little engagement of ward staff with community professionals. Both patients and carers found difficulty in gaining access to decision-making around the discharge process. Over half of the consultants responding to a postal survey reported problems with the speed of response from social services, and a quarter described problems accessing community psychiatric nursing services. Findings point to the need for ward-based discharge co-ordinators who would contribute to the development of an integrated care pathway for patients.

LET'S BE MINDFUL OF STIGMA

S Bailey

Community Care, Nov 28th-Dec 4th 2002, p.34-35

In 1998 the Royal College of Psychiatrists launched a five-year campaign intended to increase public and professional understanding of mental disorders and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with them.

THE LONG ARM OF OUTREACH

P Ryan

Mental Health Today, Dec 2002/Jan 2003, p.20-21

Discusses the role of assertive outreach teams in delivering the Mental Health National Service Framework standard four in urban and rural settings. Assertive outreach is a proactive approach to caring in the community for people who are at risk of being readmitted to psychiatric hospital. Government policy emphasises its role in protecting the public from dangerous mentally disordered people. This may make clients reluctant to engage with services.

MENTAL HEALTH AND INEQUALITY

A Rogers and D Pilgrim

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003

By bringing together theory and empirical evidence, this book explores the relationship between the social divisions of class, race, gender, age and sexuality and patterns of mental illness and health. It uses case studies on epidemiology, service provision, primary care, violence and biological treatments to make links between the causes of mental health problems, knowledge about mental health and responses to the management of mental health.

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