Mental Health funding squeeze has lengthened waiting times, say NHS finance leads

Mental Health head sketch

Eight out of ten NHS trust finance directors say that funding pressures have led to longer waiting times for people who need mental health treatment, according to The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

New analysis for the report also shows that despite NHS England meeting its commitment to increase its investment in mental health, nearly a quarter of mental health trusts recorded a reduction in income between 2016/17 and 2017/18. An analysis of mental health trusts’ financial accounts carried out for the report found that, while mental health trusts as a whole reported an overall increase in funding, 21 per cent recorded a reduction in income last year, up from 13 per cent between 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Business Disability Forum highlights need for disability technology gap to be addressed

Business Disability Forum's CEO Diane Lightfoot

Responding to the recent publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, Business Disability Forum has welcomed the additional funding announced for GP and mental health services, while highlighting the ongoing technology gap found when accessing healthcare services.

Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum said: “The role that GPs and others in primary care play in supporting millions of disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work often goes unnoticed. Yet for many people they make working possible, by helping them with the ongoing management of their conditions.

Mental health recruitment plan comes under fire from leading unions

Ambitious mental health recruitment plan comes under fire

An ambitious recruitment drive for mental health provision in England has come under fire as leading unions say more still needs to be done. 

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced his plan to tackle the "historic imbalance" of mental health provision by offering 24/7 services and fully integrated mental and physical healthcare. 

The announcement also revealed plans to treat an additional one million patients by 2020 to 2021, creating thousands of new roles. 

Although the Royal College of Nursing has welcomed the move, it has also warned that the government has a lot of work to do, even just to reach the same level of staffing as in 2010. 

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A pioneering sleep mask invented in the UK

                             - that may help change the global health burden of diabetic retinopathy

Award-winning UK health technology firm PolyPhotonix, has given new hope to diabetes patients with its innovative treatment for diabetic retinopathy, the biggest cause of blindness in working-age adults. For the first time ever, patients in the early stages of the condition can benefit from a treatment that has been launched in the UK today.  The new Noctura 400 sleep mask, emits a low-level light through closed eyelids, which does not interfere with sleep and reduces the eyes’ need for oxygen, which is a cause of blindness in diabetic retinopathy.