Mental health research funding: is it enough?


In her debut blog, Til Wykes summarises a recent health policy paper on global investment in mental health research funding, which finds a “flat and stable trend” over recent years and “highly unequal geographical distribution of funding”.

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How do health and social care leaders respond to user involvement?


Service user researcher and consultant, Gerry Bennison presents his first Social Care Elf blog. In it he critically discusses the findings of a study looking at how leaders in health and social care are responding to service user involvement.

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New guides to improving support for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities published

Positive relationship found between mood, total emotion score and frequency of emotion when stimuli were positive

In 2010, the Department of Health published Raising our Sights, Professor Jim Mansell’s report into services and supports for people with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. The Government’s response was to broadly welcome the report’s recommendations and “its central message that the major obstacles to wider implementation of policy for adults with profound intellectual and [read the full story…]

Joint dementia screening service highlights issues and delivers training to carers

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Whilst there is no evidence that dementia affects people with learning disabilities in ways that are different to those without learning disability, there is a risk that the early stages of the disease may be missed or misinterpreted. People with Down syndrome may present with clinical symptoms in their late 40s or early 50s. Estimates [read the full story…]