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NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Walsall child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) saw an opportunity to reduce mental health (MH) waiting times.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Walsall child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) saw an opportunity to reduce mental health (MH) waiting times.

The problem

Around 20% of adolescents may experience MH problems in any given year and 50% of MH problems are established by age 14.

With a growing population and an increased awareness in MH and MH services, waiting lists were growing at a rapid speed.

The solution

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) saw an opportunity to reduce pressure on vital NHS services, such as Accident and Emergency (A&E) through the English professional rugby league club Widnes Vikings.

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) saw an opportunity to reduce pressure on vital NHS services, such as Accident and Emergency (A&E), through the English professional rugby league club the Widnes Vikings.

The problem

The average waiting time at a local A&E department is around four hours. In Halton’s urgent care services, people are treated in less than one hour.

Seven north east London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded the first joint contract for an integrated NHS 111 and clinical assessment service to London Ambulance Service.

Seven north east London Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have awarded the first joint contract for an integrated NHS 111 and clinical assessment service to London Ambulance Service.

Reduced waiting times

The new service means that patients won’t have to wait for hours in A&E departments to speak to a clinician.

Mental health (MH) funding gap between NHS acute hospitals and MH NHS providers has increased, a King’s Fund’s report has revealed.

Mental health (MH) funding gap between NHS acute hospitals and MH NHS providers has increased, a King’s Fund’s report has revealed.

Helen Gilburt, the report author and fellow in health policy at The King’s Fund, said that the NHS struggles to ‘deliver parity of esteem at the same time as it is under huge pressure to reduce deficits and improve performance in acute hospitals’.

Acute hospitals' pressure

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has been urged to inject more money into the NHS, ‘which can no longer deliver what is required of it’.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has been urged to inject more money into the NHS, ‘which can no longer deliver what is required of it’.

In a letter from NHS Provider, chief executive Chris Hopson highlighted the current pressures in health and cares services, saying ‘it’s now impossible to meet the standards of care set out in the NHS constitution alongside fully recovering performance targets and consistently maintaining high-quality patient care’.

‘Unsustainable pressures’

NHS Confederation has announced a new partnership to produce a comprehensive study into health and care funding.

NHS Confederation has announced a new partnership to produce a comprehensive study into health and care funding.

The body will work with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Health Foundation (HF) to conduct a 15-year study, which will look at the funding needs of the UK’s health and care system.

‘Intolerable pressures’