World Mental Health Day 2015

Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, hosted by the World Federation of Mental Health. To help mark the occasion, we’re raising awareness of what can be done to ensure that people with mental health problems can live with dignity.

The problem

One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day.
But an ill-informed and damaging attitude among some people exists around mental health that can make it difficult for some to seek help. It is estimated that only about a quarter of people with a mental health problem in the UK receive ongoing treatment, leaving the majority of people grappling with mental health issues on their own, seeking help or information, and dependent on the informal support of family, friends or colleagues.
How can we challenge this?

We are confronting this stigma through facts. Facts that help us understand patterns of mental health problems, their causes and solutions. Facts that help us break down barriers in seeking help and support. We have produced an updated Fundamental Facts with the aim of distributing it to the widest audience possible.

Read the full article via World Mental Health Day 2015.

New Website Paves the Way for Rotherham’s New Emergency Centre

A new website has been launched this week to support our patients to get the Right Care, First Time.


The website,, will guide users through the right path to take if they are feeling unwell, are injured or if they are concerned about their health; this will help people have the right information about health services in Rotherham, ready for when our new Emergency Centre opens in 2017.


The website includes information about the new Emergency Centre such as frequently asked questions, news about building works and links to local health services such as pharmacies.

How the new Rotherham Emergency Centre will look when it opens in 2017:


Health Education England has set out the skills and competences required to deliver a series of generic service interventions to people with learning disabilities.

It contains a detailed description of the knowledge requirements of people delivering the interventions mapped to national occupational standards.

The Generic Service Interventions Pathway  details a range of competences that support outcome-focused, person-centred care delivery. The tool is useful for those involved in developing the learning disabilities workforce in the health and care sectors. It will be of particular interest to managers in learning disabilities services, education providers, education commissioners and service commissioners.

One in four GP appointments potentially avoidable

A new report argues that 27% of GP appointments could be avoided if there was more coordinated working between GPs and hospitals, wider use of other primary care staff, better use of technology to streamline administrative burdens and wider system changes.


The study by NHS Alliance and the Primary Care Foundation was commissioned as part of the work NHS England is doing with its partners to implement the NHS Five Year Forward View, and expand and strengthen GP services and primary care across England. The report was overseen by a steering group including the Royal College of GPs and the BMA GPs’ committee.