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Mental health workers are spending "precious clinical time" helping patients deal with wider problems such as filling in benefits forms or calling energy providers, finance champion Martin Lewis has said. The Money and Mental Health Institute, founded by Mr Lewis (pictured), said mental health workers are being forced to deal…
The scale of modern slavery in the UK is much greater than previously thought, a watchdog has warned. Kevin Hyland, the independent anti-slavery commissioner, described an official estimate suggesting there are up to 13,000 potential victims as "far too modest". Instead, he put the true number in the "tens of…
Women's refuges across the country have had their budgets cut by nearly a quarter in the last seven years, according to new figures. Budgets have been slashed despite the number of domestic violence cases reported to police increasing by a third in the same period. An investigation by the Bureau…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is being urged to intervene after a care provider announce plans to close nursing homes across Scotland. The trade union Unison said the decision by Bield Housing would see more than 160 residents, including some aged 90 and above, forced to leave their homes. The union…
GPs need more time to care for the nation's million older people who are chronically lonely, a leading doctor has said. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, likened loneliness and social isolation to suffering a long-term physical condition. She will tell the Royal College's annual conference…
The number of compulsory mental health treatments in Scotland has hit its highest level in at least 15 years, according to a watchdog report. In 2016/2017, the Mental Welfare Commission was notified of 5,422 new episodes of the care orders being used - a rise of 8.2% on the previous…
Former detainees and a charity have won a challenge against a Government policy change on torture said to have led to asylum seekers fleeing persecution being wrongly detained in UK immigration centres. Mr Justice Ouseley ruled in their favour on Tuesday after hearing accusations that individuals were locked up during…
I•ROC wellbeing, a subsidiary company of Scottish mental health charity Penumbra, has launched a powerful set of digital mental health recovery tools. The pioneering digital toolkit is a means for health and social care practitioners to measure the recovery journey of people they support. This allows organisations to generate immediate…
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