NHS England’s new framework for community mental health services

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Andy Bell reviews NHS England’s recently published Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults, which sets out the changes it expects to see in community mental health services over the next five years.

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Hope for recovery: REFOCUS-PULSAR recovery training in specialist mental health care

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Simon Bradstreet welcomes the positive findings of the REFOCUS-PULSAR trial, which evaluated recovery-oriented practice training in specialist mental health care.

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The state of personality disorder services in England #bigspd17

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Keir Harding publishes his debut elf blog on a recent national survey of personality disorder services, which finds continued exclusion, variability of practice and inconsistencies in the availability of services across England.

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What is the evidence for evidence-based guidelines?

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Andrew Shepherd returns to the woodland with a blog about the evidence-practice gap in specialist mental healthcare; highlighting a recent systematic review and meta-analysis of guideline implementation studies.

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Economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK

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Alastair Canaway and Chris Sampson look at a new PSSRU report on youth mental health services in the UK, and how they affect health, education and employment.

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Improve local community mental health services using this framework

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This work, developed by accountancy firm Mazars LLP, has been commissioned by NHS Confederation and Strategic Health Authority Mental Health Leads. It is a diagnostic tool aimed at mental health commissioners working for clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), helping them to identify where the gaps are in their local service provision and what they need to [read the full story…]