Community Care, no. 1286, 1999, p. 12
Social workers subject to increasing levels of violence from people with mental health problems may be victims of clients' blind anger and frustration at deteriorating services.
S. Morgan and M. Hemming
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol. 3, Sept. 1999, p. 19-21
Argues that introducing legislative powers to permit compulsory treatment in the community may easily backfire. Risk management, rather than compulsion, is a more fruitful approach on which to focus efforts to reduce the number of homicides committed by people with mental health problems.
J. Etchells et al
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol. 2, 1999, p. 412-415
The launch of a new joint nursing/social work training programme for learning disabilities practitioners has thrown starkly into relief the barriers and boundaries that impede joint working. Articles describes the initial findings of a study of some of the first students to enrol on the course; their views about the differing roles, responsibilities, education and training of the two professions, and their perceptions of inter-professional attitudes among qualified staff in the field.
Community Living, vol. 13, July/August 1999, p. 10-11
A series of broken promises, apparently driven by cost cutting policies, means that some 400 people with learning disabilities are still languishing in large institutions in Wales instead of being resettled in the community. The number is slowly declining but this is due to mortality rather than resettlement rates.
International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, vol. 1, July 1999, p. 4-10
Article presents some perspectives from health education and promotion that could be useful for metal health promotion. Describes in detail a recently published protocol for developing theory-based and evidence-based interventions, Intervention Mapping.
Home Office and Department of Health
Puts forward two options for dealing with people with severe personality disorders, both involving compulsory detention. Under the first option existing mental health legislation would be strengthened and prison and health services improved to cater for people diagnosed with a severe personality disorder. Under the second option new legislation would be introduced allowing the indefinite detention of people with severe personality disorders based on the risk they posed and their therapeutic needs rather than whether they had been convicted of an offence.
(See also Daily Telegraph, July 20th 1999, p. 12; Guardian, July 20th 1999, p. 7; Times, July 20th 1999, p. 10)
Health Service Journal, vol. 109, Sept. 2nd 1999, p. 7
Experts accuse mental health trusts of 'running scared' from the advent of primary care trusts by building huge organisations through mergers. These large mental health trusts are in danger of becoming dinosaurs out of touch with the communities they serve.
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol. 2, 1999, p. 416-419
Closure of long-stay psychiatric hospitals and dramatic cuts in beds have placed acute psychiatric units under severe pressure, and have produced a 'new long-stay' population of patients with severe mental health problems. These patients are generally characterised by repeated crisis hospital admissions, but others may be languishing on rehabilitation wards while attempts are made to arrange appropriate supported community accommodation.
Committee of Public Accounts
London: TSO, 1999 (House of Commons papers, session 1998-99; HC 278)
Expresses disappointment at the limited progress made since 1994 in the protection of patients financial welfare and expresses concern that performance has deteriorated markedly in some important respects.
Health Service Journal, vol. 109, Sept. 9th 1999, p. 10-11
Puts arguments for and against the creation of large specialist mental health services trusts serving populations of 1-2 million.
P. Hogett et al
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, vol. 2, 1999, p. 407-409
Argues the case for development of a strategy to link mental health services to mainstream urban regeneration and community development initiatives, with a view to promotion of mental well-being. Health Action Zones provide the perfect vehicle for such preventive community mental health initiatives.