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The mental health and dementia hospital where staff ‘didn’t know patients’ names’ and ‘told them to sit down whenever they tried to get up’

A mental health care hospital has been shut down by watchdogs after investigators uncovered shocking practices. The care unit was slammed for staff ‘not respecting the privacy and dignity’ of patients, as ‘staff often talked over patients, ignored patients, and talked about their personal hygiene needs in the main lounge’, while ‘patients were told toContinue reading “The mental health and dementia hospital where staff ‘didn’t know patients’ names’ and ‘told them to sit down whenever they tried to get up’”

Relaunch of Manchester Hearing Voices Network

On Wednesday 25th May 2022 at The Yard Theatre in Hulme, Manchester, we held a meeting to relaunch the Manchester Hearing Voices Network and to develop support for groups and individuals across the North West. Over 20 people joined us for a reflective and important discussion about rebuilding the hearing voices movement in Manchester. We showed twoContinue reading “Relaunch of Manchester Hearing Voices Network”

Equalities Discrimination v People with Mental Health Issues who require bus passes in Greater Manchester

Manchester Users Network are campaigning for Transport for Greater Manchester to reduce the length time it takes for service users of mental health services to access their bus passes. There are a lot of service users with severe and enduring mental illness in this situation. MUN are demanding that TfGM should make extension or payContinue reading “Equalities Discrimination v People with Mental Health Issues who require bus passes in Greater Manchester”

Learning from the Trieste Mental Health Experience: Developing Essential Ingredients in Creating Resilient Community Mental Health System

You can purchase the recording of the event here A rare opportunity to hear directly from four of the most important managers and clinicians who led the internationally significant deinstitionalization processes in Trieste, Italy, through the closure of a large psychiatric hospital and the development of local Community Mental Health Centres with hospitality. This webinarContinue reading “Learning from the Trieste Mental Health Experience: Developing Essential Ingredients in Creating Resilient Community Mental Health System”

Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust criticised after seven-year-old Emily Jones killed by patient

After Emily’s death, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH) – who had been treating Skana – conducted an internal review and said it was “difficult to see how this incident could have been prevented”. But NHS England has now disagreed with GMMH’s assessment, saying there was not ‘sufficient analysis’ to justify their conclusion.  ItsContinue reading “Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust criticised after seven-year-old Emily Jones killed by patient”

Inquest for 19 year old who died in the Rivington Unit at at Royal Bolton Hospital in 2021

The inquest will ask if there were ‘missed opportunities’ in care of teen who died in mental health unit. Outlining the ‘scope’ of the inquest, Timothy Brennand, senior coroner for Manchester West, said it would consider three main areas: the care and treatment Grace received from Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust from January 2020 toContinue reading “Inquest for 19 year old who died in the Rivington Unit at at Royal Bolton Hospital in 2021”

Transforming Mental Health Services: Whole Person, Whole Life-Whole System Approach Workshop

with Paul Baker and John Jenkins Book your place on Eventbrite here Over many years in developing community mental health services to replace the institutional system in the UK and a few other countries, the IMHCN recognised that we needed a more fundamental approach to ensure better mental health outcomes for service users and familyContinue reading “Transforming Mental Health Services: Whole Person, Whole Life-Whole System Approach Workshop”

CHARM Latest News

Communities for Holistic Accessible Rights based Mental Health We are a campaign calling for changes in the way psychiatric services are provided in Greater Manchester. We’ve teamed up with people with lived experience, workers, trade unions, family groups and citizens  We are calling for a root and branch review and an action plan to transformContinue reading “CHARM Latest News”

Autistic girl, 14, unlawfully detained in hospital, high court judge finds

The high court in London. Mr Justice MacDonald described the hospital environment into which the girl was placed as ‘brutal and abusive’. In his judgment, MacDonald refused to grant a request from Manchester City Council for the local authority to remain anonymous. He criticised the council for failing to find her a suitable placement throughoutContinue reading “Autistic girl, 14, unlawfully detained in hospital, high court judge finds”

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