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Journal article

'Drone strikes

Author:
DALY Max
Journal article citation:
Druglink, 27(6), November 2012, pp.8-11.
Publisher:
Drugscope
Place of publication:
London

In this article, the author reports on the results of the Druglink Street Drug Trends 2012 survey. The survey, undertaken between September and November 2012, was based on information from police forces, drug action teams, frontline treatment services and user groups in 20 towns and cities, and from interviews and questionnaires involving drug experts, national drug services and drug workers across the UK. The article focuses in particular on the survey findings concerning use of mephedrone. It reports that despite a ban in 2010 mephedrone is becoming a significant problematic drug, and that more people are requesting help with physical and psychological problems associated with their mephedrone use. It notes mephedrone's relatively low cost, easy availability and reliable potency, and that it is being taken by a more diverse population. It discusses trends in use of the drug and possible reasons for this, and includes a brief user case example and a Barnsley case study report for Addaction on mephedrone injecting. It also reports on other major trends revealed in the 2012 survey.

Digital Media

Getting better

Authors:
LEEDS ANIMATION WORKSHOP, (Producer)
Publisher:
Leeds Animation Workshop
Publication year:
2010
Pagination:
(11 mins.), DVD
Place of publication:
Leeds

Six short animated stories about people with learning disabilities who also have mental health problems. The films shows how people with learning disabilities need to stand up for themselves to get fair treatment and in order to look after their health. It also shows what to expect when visiting the doctor's, the clinic or visit the dentist. A booklet is included.

Journal article

Audit of metabolic syndrome in adults prescribed clozapine in community and long-stay in-patient populations

Authors:
MORGAN David, et al
Journal article citation:
Psychiatric Bulletin, 32(4), May 2008, pp.174-177.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

The aim was to calculate the prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients receiving clozapine in community and long-stay in-patient settings. Patients were assessed using measures specified by the Expert Panel of the US National Cholesterol Education Program. The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was calculated as 53% in the community groups and 11% in the in-patient group, although both sample sizes (particularly the in-patient group) were small. Women were more frequently affected than men in the community population. The higher percentage of metabolic syndrome in the community patients receiving clozapine has implications with respect to physical health. The reasons for the lower percentage in the in-patient group are unclear. The findings point to a possible difference in the physical health of long-stay psychiatric in-patients and patients in the community.

Journal article

Evidence based practice and psychotherapy research

Author:
REYNOLDS Shirley
Journal article citation:
Journal of Mental Health, 9(3), June 2000, pp.257-266.
Publisher:
Informa Healthcare
Place of publication:
London

This paper outlines the concept and the process of evidence based practice and discusses the potential role of evidence based practice in the development of psychotherapy research. Despite concerns that evidence based practice may impede the clinical freedom of clinicians, the argument presented in this paper is that this approach provides new opportunities for psychotherapy research. Although most attempts to develop evidence based practice have been focused on applying the results of qualitative research to practice there are emerging opportunities to broaden the scope of evidence based practice. This can and should include neglected methods of research, for example qualitative methods, and neglected topics of research including the treatment of individuals with enduring and severe mental health problems.

Book

Health provision

Author:
CRAIG Tom
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
1995
Pagination:
11p.
Place of publication:
London

Factfile setting out basic information about what services the NHS provides for people with mental health problems.

Book

Review of health and social services for mentally disordered offenders and others requiring similar services; final summary report

Authors:
REED John, chair
Publisher:
HMSO/Great Britain. Department of Health/Great Britain. Home Office
Publication year:
1992
Pagination:
124p.
Place of publication:
London
Digital Media Full text available online for free

Sexual, reproductive and mental health: physical health, mental health and sexuality

Authors:
SOCIAL CARE INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE, ABEL Kathryn
Publisher:
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Publication year:
2011
Place of publication:
London

This e-learning resource on Genitourinary health is one of 8 modules developed to help mental health professionals deal with aspects of sexual and reproductive health in the context of mental illness. The module explores common complaints and types of urinary problems, medically unexplained genitourinary health problems and helping the people you work with stay healthy.

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Review of eating disorder services in Northern Ireland

Author:
REGULATION AND QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY
Publisher:
Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority
Publication year:
2015
Pagination:
74
Place of publication:
Belfast

This review profiles the eating disorder services in Northern Ireland, assessing how they meet the needs of adults and children/young people and examining their organisational structure, staffing levels, and skills and capacity available to respond to assessed needs. A number of key themes emerge from this review: people with eating disorders are not a homogeneous group and often present with other disorders and issues - eating disorders can be difficult to identify early and therefore more challenging to treat; there is a need for a review of the physical health monitoring of patients and a review of the commissioning of this service to ensure early access to and greater parity of service provision across all trusts; care pathways need to be developed for young people and adults, by harnessing the views of experts by experience and professionals involved in commissioning and providing care; the HSC Board should review the current staffing levels in HSC trusts and the skills and competencies available while further work is required to develop clinical outcome measures that should be routinely recorded and used to inform clinical practice; a disparity was noted across trusts with respect to provision of an appropriate skill mix and qualifications of staff, with a low level of employment of psychological and occupational therapy staff, particularly in adult services; quality improvement is likely to be more effective if it is addressed at a whole system level, rather than as a number of disconnected initiatives in a number of trusts; and across all of the services there is a need for clear and effective communication. (Edited publisher abstract)

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London mental health: the invisible costs of mental ill health

Author:
GREATER LONDON AUTHORITY
Publisher:
Greater London Authority
Publication year:
2014
Pagination:
56
Place of publication:
London

This report seeks to shed light on the scope and scale of mental ill health in London, to highlight the wider impacts beyond those to health and social care. It aims to quantify the impact of mental ill health in London, by analysing the wider economic and social impacts of mental health in terms of reductions in quality of life, intergenerational impact, lost output, and its effect on carers and crime victims. It considers costs in terms of public expenditure for treatments or welfare benefits, and the costs of lost taxes. While some £7.5 billion is spent on everything relating to mental health in London each year, this report suggests that the wider impacts of mental health result in some £26 billion in total economic and social costs in London. (Edited publisher abstract)

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Crossing boundaries: improving integrated care for people with mental health problems: final Inquiry report

Author:
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
Publisher:
Mental Health Foundation
Publication year:
2013
Pagination:
42
Place of publication:
London

This report sets out the findings from the Mental Health Foundation’s Inquiry into integrated health care for people with mental health problems. The Inquiry ran from April 2012 to June 2013. Its aim was to identify good practice, generate discussion, and draw up key messages on integrated healthcare for people with mental health problems. The Inquiry identifies and discusses nine factors that enable good integrated care: information-sharing systems; shared protocols; joint funding and commissioning; co-located services; multidisciplinary services; liaison services; navigators; research; and reduction of stigma. The future of effective integrated care therefore lies primarily in recruiting, maintaining and developing a workforce, both in health and social care, and in other organisations who have contact with people with mental health needs, and which is passionate and committed to the principles and practice of holistic care and partnership working. The report considers two findings: first, a new way of thinking about health; and second, improving integrated care in current systems. (Original abstract)

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