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Chart of the week: The over-representation of Black people as restricted patients in secure hospitals

Data story 27/05/2022

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. People with severe mental health problems who are in contact with the criminal justice system can be held as restricted patients in hospitals if they have been assessed as needing treatment. Mira...

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Untapped? Understanding the mental health clinical support workforce

Report 20/08/2021Billy Palmer | Lucina Rolewicz | Nina Hemmings | John Appleby

NHS clinical support staff are particularly important to mental health services and while they usually deliver the bulk of hands-on care, they are often undervalued. This report examines the profile of mental health clinical support staff and discusses how issues around recruitment and retention can...

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The NHS needs to ensure better working conditions and opportunities for the neglected clinical support workforce

Press release 20/08/2021

Access to high quality mental health services could be put at risk if the experiences of clinical support staff working in these services continue to be overlooked.

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The right track: Participation and progression in psychology career paths

Report 08/07/2021Billy Palmer | Laura Schlepper | Nina Hemmings | Nadia Crellin

Despite psychology being a popular subject to study at degree level, staffing mental health services remains hugely challenging. With ambitions to grow the numbers of psychologists and psychotherapists by 2023/24, this report looks at the size and make up of the workforce of those with a background...

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Mental health

Indicator update 30/11/2020Jenny Davies

We’re monitoring trends in the quality of mental health care.

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What impact has Covid-19 had on mental health services?

Blog post 30/11/2020Jenny Davies

We look at changes in symptoms of mental health conditions and mental health service use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Chart of the week: Lockdown loneliness and anxiety across the generations

Data story 15/10/2020

Each week we present analysis of data in chart form to illustrate some key issues and invite discussion. This week, with the country moving through varying states of a second lockdown phase, Sally Gainsbury looks at how the last period of national confinement affected individual wellbeing, finding t...

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Review of attitudes towards non-medical careers in the NHS: Implications for mental health careers

Report 09/10/2020Billy Palmer | Claudia Leone | Rachel Hutchings

What are the prevailing attitudes towards non-doctors working in health services, and specifically mental health services? This literature review, commissioned by the National Workforce Skills Development Unit, aims to understand the drivers behind views of non-medical mental health professionals an...

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Mental health nurse education: perceptions, access and the pandemic

Blog post 08/10/2020Claudia Leone

With World Mental Health Day this Saturday, our new report today discusses how more people might be attracted to apply to study mental health nursing, and the reasons why they might currently be less likely to do so. Co-author Claudia Leone picks out some of the key findings.

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Laying foundations: Attitudes and access to mental health nurse education

Report 08/10/2020Billy Palmer | Rachel Hutchings | Claudia Leone

Mental health nursing is a vital and varied profession, accounting for over a third of the mental health workforce in England. Yet the numbers choosing to study to join the profession are unable to meet sharply rising demand. This major new report, commissioned by NHS Employers and the Mental Healt...

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