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Category Archives: Mental Health

NHS Trust to take new approach to Clinical Negligence

Stuart Poynor, the Chief Executive of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership, one of England’s largest NHS Trusts, has promised a new approach to Clinical Negligence claims. Currently even the smallest issues can be fiercely disputed and it can take many months for a trust to admit liability in a case.  However, Mr Poynor has recently informed…
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57% rise in army veterans seeking mental health treatment

A recent study by Mental Health Charity, Combat Stress, has seen a 57% rise in referrals for army veterans following the war in Afghanistan. In 2012 the charity received 228 referrals. In 2013 this figure had risen to 358. The charity states that it is currently supporting more than 660 Afghanistan veterans and expects this…
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Hospital mental health patients being sent out of area

A recent investigation by BBC news has discovered that a growing number of NHS mental health trusts are sending patients to out-of-area hospitals up to 300 miles away. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act from 30 of England’s 58 NHS mental health trusts revealed: The number of patients sent to out-of-area hospitals rose 33%…
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Police powers under the Mental Health Act being reviewed

Police powers under the Mental Health Act being reviewed A review has been launched to determine whether legislation that grants powers to the police under the Mental Health Act is ‘fit for purpose’. The police currently have powers available under sections 135 and 136 Mental Health Act 1983 to detain someone to a ‘place of…
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Increase in the number of 16-25 year olds seeking help for anxiety

Increase in the number of 16-25 year olds seeking help for anxiety There has been a sharp rise in the number of 16-25 year olds looking for help online with anxiety, according to Anxiety UK and YouthNet. In January, Anxiety UK had more than 5,000 young visitors on their site, compared to just over 3,500…
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Cognitive therapy can be a safe and acceptable alternative treatment for schizophrenics

Mental Health Lawyers Portsmouth Cognitive therapy can be a safe and acceptable alternative treatment for schizophrenics A University of Manchester study has found that cognitive therapy can be a safe and acceptable alternative treatment for schizophrenics who choose not to take antipsychotic drugs. Professor Anthony Morrison of the university’s School of Psychological Sciences, said, “Our…
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Mental Health staff to be present in Police Stations and Courts

The £25m scheme is being trialled in areas including London and Merseyside. It will involve nurses being present at police stations and Courts. The results from a previous trial scheme in Cornwall saw reoffending cut by 49% for those with a history of poor mental health. The Department of Health says that most people in…
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Mental Health: Swain & Co Secure Discharge

Swain and Co Solicitors recently assisted Mr E at his First Tier Mental Health Tribunal to secure his conditional discharge from hospital The basic facts of the case were that Mr E had been detained in hospital for two and a half years under section 37/41 Mental Health Act after committing an offence of arson…
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Portrayal of Mental Health in the Media

Nine out of ten people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination. ‘Time to Change’ is a campaign led by mental health charities MIND and Rethink Mental Illness which was set up to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Research conducted about the portrayal of mental health in television by the “Time to Change”…
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