Nov 24: Psychiatrists should have less influence over psychiatric patients, says report - more emphasis instead on peer support states Mind charity after inquiry into crisis mental health care in England and Wales.
Aug 30: Government repeats Labour promise to end mixed-sex mental health wards - Health Secretary Andrew Lansley says failing trusts would be fined from next year
28: Most mental health patients praise care -
73% say inpatient psychiatric care was good, very good or excellent,
29: Psychiatric patient hanged himself with strap given by nurse
consultant psychiatrist Helen Miller criticised system at Dundee
July 30: Unexplained deaths of psychiatric in-patients at record
10-year high - new figures released today.
22: NHS trust boss defends reputation after "shocking"
mental health patient death data -
Erville Millar, chief executive of Kent and Medway NHS and Social
Care Partnership Trust, points to "significant flaws”
19: Psychiatric nurse who failed at-risk patient who hanged himself
is struck off - second
nurse who was playing computer game at time of Wiltshire hospital
ward death is cautioned
30: We'll check on government promise to end mixed-sex wards, say
- NHS trusts which fail to provide single-sex accommodation face
fines, says health secretary
20: Life in Broadmoor hospital revealed -
Victorian patient archives available for the first time
23: Patients evacuated after fire at psychiatric unit - blaze
destroyed parts of medium secure unit at Chase Farm Hospital in
30: Two in 10 mental health trusts provide poor care - Royal
College of Psychiatrists president, Dinesh Bhugra says wards are
so bad he would not use them
11: "Excessive" restraint caused death of psychiatric
patient - jury drew attention to failings in staffing, training
and facilities at Swansea hospital
20: "I've got nothing to cover up"
mental health nurse denies accusations she got rid of evidence over
patient's death during restraint at Swansea's Cefn Coed Hospital,
June 13: 'Mental
illness is petrifying' - day-to-day life as an inpatient on
a psychiatric unit is being documented on an internet blog by Mandy
30: Psychiatric patient died after '55 minutes' of restraint
- inquest jury hears evidence before it decides what caused the
death of Kurt Howard, 32, at Swansea's Cefn Coed Hospital.
21: Almost all psychiatric patients oppose smoking ban on units,
- but patients at Rampton, pictured left, lose test case
for right to continue smoking. Judges ruled ban was justified for
"health and security" reasons.
20: Psychiatric patients launch test case for right to smoke while
- patients could be only group of people banned from smoking "in
the privacy of their own home", judges told
14: Patient strangles woman on Rochdale psychiatric ward -
Telahum Tedola attacked Rosalyn McManus, pictured left,
because she accused him of being a spy.
14: Appoint good leaders to end violence on psychiatric wards, urges
Paul Lelliot calls for change after audit finds most nurses on psychiatric
wards have been assualted
1: Psychiatric wards are “frightening and dangerous”
- Mental Health Act commissioners say they are also "tougher,
scarier places” than they were 10 years ago.
10: Private psychiatric units increasingly used to detain patients
- new figures show 24 per cent increase of detentions in independent
28: "If I had to be back in psychiatric hospital this is "
- “Revolutionary” new mental health hospital (left)
opens in Glasgow.
19: Secure psychiatric ward patient number reaches record high
- in July there were 3,723 people detained in secure forensic units,
according to Sainsbury Centre For Mental Health
30: Female psychiatric patient dies after attack by man in same
death comes after revelation that mixed-sex mental health wards
are common, despite government claims to contrary.
Left, the victim Rosalind McManus
30: Mental health units should carry out sex abuse audits, psychiatrists
urge - royal college says it is “very likely” sexual
incidents are under-reported.
July 11: Aiming high - A new scheme hopes to boost standards in psychiatric wards.
(Left: Rachel Weddle, manager of Collingwood Court unit, Newcastle)
30: Rampton patient launches human rights test case over smoking
ban - Terrence Grimwood accuses hospital of violating his right
to respect for his private and home life
29: Mixed-sex psychiatric wards common, despite government claims
to contrary - Healthcare Commission finds 55% of inpatients
share sleeping accommodation or bathrooms with opposite sex.
15: Staff and patients welcome sniffer dogs to find illegal drugs
on psychiatric unit - "Use of drug dogs on our wards has
been well received by service users and staff", says Liz Jones,
director of nursing at Camden and Islington Mental Health Trust
1: Quarter of adult and child psychiatric beds provided by independent
one of dozens of key mental health statistics documented in new