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What mental health services can learn from Sandwell’s integrated approach

Sandwell in the West Midlands has re-engineered its services to support more people at an earlier stage in their illness, with impressive results

It is good news that the chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has turned the spotlight on mental health in her latest report. She is right to argue for a big drive on public mental health.

There is already some great practice out there. I would urge Davies to take a trip to Sandwell to find out how and why the area is doing so well on violence reduction and reducing levels of depression.

Earlier this month, I travelled to Sandwell and Dudley to find out for myself. The answer is not rocket science, it is all about relationships. Focusing on building relationships helps people to become more resilient and capable.

Sandwell’s approach to mental health and wellbeing is all about recognising and developing people’s relational assets and never turning people away.

Hospitals told to cut parking costs under new guidelines

Ministers said the relatives of people who are seriously ill or have to stay in hospital for a long time should be given free parking or reduced charges.

Concessions should also be offered to people with disabilities and NHS staff whose shift patterns mean they cannot use public transport.

Last month Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told MPs costs were “just too high”.

Patients and families shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges”

NHS patient groups warn more doctor assistants may be ‘healthcare on cheap’

Physician associates will have two years of intensive training, as opposed to seven years completed by fully fledged doctors


  • theguardian.com,
  • The NHS physician associates will provide support for the diagnosis and management of patients. Photograph: Christopher Thomond

    The government is launching a recruitment drive to hire more doctors‘ assistants to try to help take pressure off a straining NHS under plans announced on Thursday.

    The physician associates will have two years of intensive training instead of the seven completed by doctors, and will provide support in the diagnosis and management of patients in hospitals.