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Prince William visits Oxford to raise awareness of mental health

Prince William has made his first public appearance since the news broke that he was to become a father for the third time. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge officially announced the news yesterday. Today the future heir to the throne was in Oxford. After stepping down from his role as Air ambulance pilot in the summer today he focused his attention on mental health - pledging to raise awareness of the issues facing our emergency workers. Mary Stanley has our report.

Kent trust sends hundreds of people with mental health issues out of the county for treatment

More mental health patients from a Kent NHS Trust have been sent out of the county for treatment than anywhere else in England.

Those are the findings of a report by the British Medical Association.

The Kent and Medway Partnership NHS Trust says it has now made real improvements in providing local care and beds.

Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive of the Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership says the issues raised in the report are being addressed.


More than 3,000 children hospitalised for self-harm

Mental health care provision for young people is under the spotlight

According to recent figures, more than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harming themselves last year.

The total number of children treated in England and Wales in that same time period was 19,000.

Common pressures on teenagers include - bullying, pressures at school, and emotional abuse - all issues which can require professional help.

Julie Harrison's report contain details of the troubles that some young people have experienced - that you may find upsetting.

The interviewees are Aimee Wilson, Dr Paul McArdle, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Zoe Gilder, from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in the report or would like some advice. You can contact the following organisations:

ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, and Mind the mental health charity.

Mental health charity SANE reacts to independent review detailing trust's failings

The independent review into the failings of an NHS trust

ITV Meridian presenter Sangeeta Bhabra spoke to Marjorie Wallace, the Chief Executive of the mental health charity SANE about her reaction to today's independent review into the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The report accused the trust of failings in the way it handled the cases of ten people who were involved in killings, and who had links to the trust's mental health services.

Our report on the review itself has more details about some of the individual cases, including the criticisms of and the recommendations for the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The people whose cases were included in the review


'More must be done' NHS trust's failings revealed after review of killings involving mental health patients

The ten people whose cases were examined for an independent review

A damning independent review has criticised the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - and revealed that there were severe failings in the cases of ten people.

The review was launched after the conviction of Matthew Daley - who killed pensioner Donald Lock. He had stabbed him 39 times after a minor collision between their cars, near Worthing.

The interviewees in Malcolm Shaw's report are Joseph Goswell, whose father was one of the mental health patients mentioned in the review; and Colm Donaghy, the Chief Executive of the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Health trust boss apologises for mental health 'failings'

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been criticised in an independent review published today

The Chief Executive of the NHS health trust which has been criticised for failings in the way it handled the cases of ten people with links to its mental health services, has issued an apology.

Nine of the ten individuals went on to kill other people and in the tenth case - become a victim of murder. An independent review into the cases was published today. Meanwhile, the son of Roger Goswell, one of the patients involved, has also voiced his concerns about mental health care provision at the trust.

“I want to start by saying sorry. The independent review we have published today relates to incidents which had devastating consequences for those affected. I realise this may bring back painful memories for them. I also understand that some, if not all, will feel angry about our services. On behalf of the Trust, I want to extend my sincere apology and condolences.

“We commissioned this review with NHS England because we want to make sure we have done everything we should have in response to these tragic incidents. The review sends us a very strong message about the need to identify and embed the learning from when things go wrong in a way that changes clinical practice and improves patient care. This goes beyond action plans; it’s about organisational culture, values and leadership.”

– Colm Donaghy, Chief Executive of Sussex Partnership
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