“Unless similar units cease to receive public money, such lethal outcomes will persist” says independent report into deaths of adults with learning disabilities at hospital

An independent report into the deaths of King, Nicholas Briant, 33, and 36-year-old Joanna Bailey, who all died at Cawston Park, said their relatives described “indifferent and harmful hospital practices”. The report, published on Thursday, makes reference to “excessive use of restraint and seclusion by unqualified staff” and a “high tolerance of inactivity”. “Unless thisContinue reading ““Unless similar units cease to receive public money, such lethal outcomes will persist” says independent report into deaths of adults with learning disabilities at hospital”

“Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health, Equity and Dignified lives ” Mental Health Issues

Link to previous article published in July here Background: The report was published in July 2021, commissioned by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. Entitled ‘Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health Equity and Dignified Lives’, it includes recommendations on how to reduce health inequities and build back fairer from the COVID-19 pandemicContinue reading ““Build Back Fairer in Greater Manchester: Health, Equity and Dignified lives ” Mental Health Issues”

Fifteen new mental health workers to be recruited as ‘crisis’ looms for service in Bury

More than £750,000 per year has been allocated to recruit new mental health professionals in Bury. Fifteen new mental health professionals are to be recruited in Bury in a bid to avert ‘significant patient risk’ as waiting lists grow and demand increases. Health chiefs in Bury heard this week that unless there was investment asContinue reading “Fifteen new mental health workers to be recruited as ‘crisis’ looms for service in Bury”

Greater Manchester Mental Health receive approval for New £105m Park House Psychiatric Hospital Unit

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT (GMMH) have received Full Business Case (FBC) approval from the trust board and Manchester Health & Care Commissioning, for a development to deliver a new adult mental health unit. It intends to support Manchester patients at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) and will replace current dormitory type accommodation withContinue reading “Greater Manchester Mental Health receive approval for New £105m Park House Psychiatric Hospital Unit”

Kind, caring and ‘totally devoted’ dad of three found dead at home

A “popular, fun loving, kind and caring” dad of three who was described as being “totally devoted” to his children took his own life, an inquest heard. Zowie David Hesford, 38, was discovered dead at his home in Hebden Court in Bolton on July 22 last year. Bolton Coroner’s Court heard how Zowie had sufferedContinue reading “Kind, caring and ‘totally devoted’ dad of three found dead at home”

A young mum devoted to her daughter died after suffering years of ‘significant trauma’ amid years of mental health problems

A young mum devoted to her daughter died after suffering years of ‘significant trauma’ amid years of mental health problems, an inquest heard. Zebrina Daryl Carden, 26, was found dead at her home on Howard Street, Ashton, Tameside, on February 20 after her family and friends were unable to contact her. An inquest into herContinue reading “A young mum devoted to her daughter died after suffering years of ‘significant trauma’ amid years of mental health problems”

Student took her life after being discharged from hospital

A PhD student from Stockport died after jumping from a bridge into a river just half-an-hour after being discharged from a hospital stay for her mental health, an inquest into her death heard. Emily Miller, 23, from Stockport, had serious mental health problems including psychosis. The academically gifted post-graduate was studying at York University, and hadContinue reading “Student took her life after being discharged from hospital”

High Court Ruling over boy detained in Greater Manchester hospital highlights ‘acute’ lack of care placements

The detention of a 12-year-old boy with “complex medical and behavioural issues” at a hospital in Wigan highlights “an acute lack of appropriate resources for vulnerable children”, a High Court judge has said. He said: “It would border on the obscene to use a protective jurisdiction to continue the boy’s current bleak and dangerous situationContinue reading “High Court Ruling over boy detained in Greater Manchester hospital highlights ‘acute’ lack of care placements”

Hertfordshire mental health patients treated as far away as Durham and Greater Manchester

An out of area placement is defined when someone with acute mental health needs who requires acute inpatient care is admitted to a unit that does not form part of their usual local community mental health service, and where the person cannot be visited regularly by their care co-ordinator to ensure continuity of care andContinue reading “Hertfordshire mental health patients treated as far away as Durham and Greater Manchester”

‘Wonderful’ teacher, 29, struggling with mental health during lockdown found dead two weeks after being told to wait for psychiatric help

A teacher was found dead two weeks after he was told he would have to wait a month for a psychiatric assessment, an inquest has heard. John Curran, 29, was deemed as not posing an immediate risk of self-harm during an assessment on March 24, despite only being discharged from an Italian hospital five daysContinue reading “‘Wonderful’ teacher, 29, struggling with mental health during lockdown found dead two weeks after being told to wait for psychiatric help”