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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2004): Mental Health Services - UK

ACTION PLAN ON MENTAL HEALTH: A GUIDE TO PROMOTING SOCIAL INCLUSION

Social Exclusion Unit

Wetherby: ODPM Publications, 2004

Guide calls on employers and public and voluntary organisations to tackle the stigma of mental illness and provides practical tips for action.

CREATING LINKS BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR ADULTS AND THOSE FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

T. Gillam

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, June 2004, p.20-23

The article describes the award-winning Goldenhill project in Glasgow which supports the parenting needs of mental health service users who have children.

EIGHT MONTHS TO EIGHT WEEKS: REDUCING WAITING TIMES IN A CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

A. York, Y. Anderson and M. Zwi

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, June 2004, p.15-19

This case study reports on a CAMH service that effectively reorganised itself twice to reduce waiting lists. The first reorganisation delivered a significant reduction in waiting times. Further adaptations were made to provide a high quality service in a period of staff shortages.

INDEPENDENCE UNDER FIRE

K. Leason

Community Care, Oct. 7th-13th 2004, p.30-32

The 2004 Draft Mental Health Bill proposes replacing approved social workers with approved mental health professionals (AMHP). Social workers would be able to take up the new role, as would other professionals such as nurses and occupational therapists. AMHPs would be responsible for co-ordinating the initial examination of patients to see if they meet the criteria for compulsory treatment and would provide a non-medical viewpoint. There are concerns that health professionals in this role would not be able to stand up to doctors.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE: THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND POLICY

S. Charman

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, June 2004, p.6-14

The article describes the gradual emergence of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to stand at the forefront of national policy. The present position in relation to the national policy agenda and CAMHS development is assessed, and some conclusions are drawn about how services are likely to change in the future in response to a range of influences.

ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS AND MENTAL HEALTH INCIDENTS

S. Woodward, M. Rejman and K. Hill

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, Sept. 2004, p.17-20

The article outlines the basic components of the root cause analysis process. Root cause analysis has been evaluated by the National Patent Safety Agency and judged appropriate for use in inquiries into homicides committed by mental patients.

SUPPORTING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGY: A PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH APPROACH

F. Adshead and others

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, Sept. 2004, p.24-27

In October 2002, following the launch of the national Suicide Prevention Strategy, Camden Primary Care Trust commissioned the mental health promotion charity Mentality to work with one of its public health registrars to undertake a needs assessment and to contribute to the development of a public health suicide prevention action plan.

USER INVOLVEMENT IN "CLINICAL WHAT"?

R. Brook and M. Fraser

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, Sept. 2004, p.21-23

The article discusses how mental health service users can be encouraged to engage with clinical governance reviews.

WILL NEW MENTAL CAPACITY BILL STOP FURTHER BREACHES OF HUMAN RIGHTS?

S. Gillen

Community Care, Oct. 14th-20th 2004, p.16-17

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the 1997 detention of an autistic man in a psychiatric hospital breached his human rights. There are concerns that the new Mental Capacity Bill contains insufficient safeguards to prevent similar cases.

YOU'VE BEEN CHI'D: CLINICAL GOVERNANCE AND QUALITY IN THE POST-MODERNISATION (POST-CHI) NHS

D. Ford and D. Wakeling

Mental Health Review, Vol.9, Sept. 2004, p.6-12

The article reviews the development of clinical governance in mental health services, assesses its impact, considers the future for inspection in mental health trusts, and identifies what has been learned about mental health services quality through the process of clinical governance.

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