Family involvement in acute mental health care

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Alison Faulkner carefully considers a recent collaborative conceptual review, which asks why and how families should get involved in acute mental health care.

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Empowering patients can lead to fewer hospital readmissions, according to small RCT

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Clarissa Giebel presents the findings of a small RCT that evaluates the impact of a social work care coordination intervention on hospital readmissions in older adults.

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#SafeStaffing Mental health nursing on inpatient wards

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John Baker looks at the implications of the leaked NICE review on #SafeStaffing for Nursing in Inpatient Mental Health Settings, which was recently uncovered by HSJ journalist Shaun Lintern.

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What do we know about designing and delivering care closer to home?

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In this blog, Alison Turner looks at a set of guides aims to explore the challenges and benefits of designing and delivering care closer to home.

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Can competition improve management quality in the NHS?

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Chris Sampson reports on a discussion paper produced by the Centre for Economic Performance, which looks at the impact of competition on management quality in hospitals.

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Build upon successful local collaborations for effective communication in community health services, says review

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The aim of this literature review from the Policy Research Unit in Commissioning at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is to help decision-makers support acute care, by moving some services out of the hospital, and into the community.

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King’s Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration

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This new report from the King’s Fund summarises available evidence from major reconfiguration programmes. A timely publication given the emphasis on the need for transformation in current policy.

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