The future of the mental health workforce

21 September 2017

A report from the Centre for Mental Health calls for reform to develop a mental health workforce able to meet people's needs in the future. The report describes a crisis in commissioning of mental health services with a diminishing workforce, growing expectations and increasing demand putting pressure on staff across the country. It recommends that all GPs should have significant and wide-ranging mental health training, and that mental health professionals should be given the time and training to consult with GPs and other public service staff to help them to respond to more people’s mental health needs.

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The sexual orientation monitoring information standard

17 October 2017

NHS England has developed a sexual orientation monitoring (SOM) information standard with help from LGBT Foundation.

It is designed to allow policy makers, commissioners and providers to identify health risks and address the health inequalities for people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

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Should local authorities be penalised for delayed transfers of care?

17 October 2017

According to a report in the HSJ, 32 local authorities have been warned by ministers that they face funding cuts if they don't improve the services that support patients to leave hospital. Will punitive action help or will it cause more hardship? Vote on the NHS Networks poll at www.networks.nhs.uk

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Dealing with difficult people and situations – courageous conversations

17 October 2017

The session on 31 January in Birmingham, 8 February in London and 13 March in Manchester looks at workplace challenges and fears, what causes stress in these difficult situations, and how to cope with them. We discuss how to build personal resilience and develop assertiveness skills, followed by a session on courageous conversations – things to consider and top tips. We also spend time testing out some difficult conversations, to help you to understand what to do when you face resistance or hostility.

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NHS England’s revised policy and guidance manual for primary medical services 2017

17 October 2017

NHS England, with support from Primary Care Commissioning (PCC), is arranging a number of events to inform primary medical services commissioners of key points and updates contained in the revised policy and guidance manual due in autumn 2017. There is no fee for commissioners.

This event on 21 November in Birmingham, 23 November in Bristol, 28 November in London, 5 December in 5 December in London and 7 December in Manchester covers the key aspects of the general duties under delegation, primary care commissioning, contracts and how to apply changes if or when necessary. These are outlined in NHS England’s recently revised guidance entitled Primary Medical Care Policy and Guidance Manual (PGM). This includes the regulations required to manage and govern these contracts properly.

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Clinical radiology: UK workforce census 2016 report

16 October 2017

This report argues that the ongoing shortage of imaging doctors will result in late hospital diagnoses and delayed scan results for patients. It finds that the NHS paid out an estimated £88 million for out-of-hours reporting of x-rays and scans, while nearly two-thirds of vacant radiologist posts sat empty for 12 months or more.

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