Professional Social Work, July 2005, p.10-11
Comments on some recent developments in children's policy, how they will impact on people with autism and their families, and the need for greater understanding of the disability.
Mental Health Review, vol.10, June 2005, p.23-26
Presents and overview of current arrangements for commissioning adult mental health services, challenges arising from them, and areas for improvement.
Health Service Journal, vol.115, July 21st 2005, p.25-26
There is a belief in the mental health sector that poor commissioning practices are slowing modernisation. A problem has been identified in the balance of power, with large mental health trusts running rings round their client primary care trusts. The difficulty in measuring outputs is key. Strong commissioning also needs the involvement of carers and service users.
A. Southgate (editor)
Oxford: Radcliffe, 2005
Consultation between professionals can help individuals and services, both in terms of skills development and inter-professional relationships reducing the need for cross referrals and patient waiting. It enables existing skills and expertise to be spread widely, whilst contributing to a more thoughtful culture in mental health. This book describes the consultation between practitioners in child and adolescent mental health services as a way of addressing needs and co-developing skills. This title supports the National Health Service Framework for Children.
Department of Health
This new service was introduced by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 to support and represent the most vulnerable people who lack capacity to make the most serious decisions about medical treatment and accommodation. The consultation includes questions about:
Y. Walsh and A. Frankland
Mental Health Review, vol.10, June 2005, p.7-14
Presents a review of current research on, government policy regarding, and services for, people with a dual diagnosis. In the context of this article the term refers to people with two or more concurrent disorders, one of substance misuse and the other a mental health disorder.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, vol.49, 2005, p.600-612
In the UK and Ireland, care for adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) is mainly provided by their families. However, little is known about the characteristics of these carers, the support services they receive, and whether their access to the latter is equitable. A survey of 1500 family carers in Northern Ireland showed that:
Access to services for carers such as respite breaks appeared to be related to the level of their relative's dependency on them for personal care.
J. Ridley, S. Hunter and Infusion Co-operative
Scottish Executive Social Research, 2005
Research investigated the employment support available for people with learning disabilities and/or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) in Scotland. "Employment support" covered a wide spectrum of provision, including "supported employment". The latter was defined as real work for 16 hours a week or more in an integrated setting with ongoing support. The study identified aspects of good practice and explored the direct experiences of individuals and their families.
Department of Health
London: TSO, 2005 (Cm 6624)
Government reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that the Mental Health Bill provides a treatment framework that will prevent people with mental disorders from harming themselves or others. Among the recommendations of the pre-legislative scrutiny committee that the government has accepted are:
Mental Health Review, vol.10, June 2005, p.32-34
Article summarises the findings of three recent pieces of research on conditions in psychiatric wards. The research highlighted concerns about patient safety, inadequate staffing levels, and poor physical environment.
Mental Health Review, vol.10, June 2005, p.35-38
The mental health tribunals proposed in the Bill take control of the whole process of compulsorily detaining people in hospital. The new tribunals will have the sole power to make orders continuing the patient's liability to some form of compulsory detention; instead of reviewing detention only on an application by (or on behalf of) the patient, there will be a new system of automatic referral to the tribunal of all detained cases within the first 28 days of admission. The intention is to limit the power of the clinical supervisor and to replace medical decisions with legal ones.