• A £9.4m development will be built at Hellesdon Hospital in Norwich to provide local care for those with serious mental illnesses. The development, funded by Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, will provide a combined psychiatric care unit with 10 beds and a 12-bed low secure unit. It is due to open in April.
• Four trusts gained foundation status this month. They are Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Foundation Trust, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. There are now 83 trusts with foundation status, of which 18 are mental health trusts.
• The Parkinson’s Disease Society is offering a ‘Get it on time’ washbag reminding patients to take medication on time. A survey of the society’s nurse specialists last year showed that as many as 90% felt patients experienced problems due to missed or late medication. The washbag is available free by contacting email@example.com.
• An extra £100,000 per year will be allocated to primary care teams in Wales providing care for patients with mental health problems. Health minister for Wales Edwina Hart said: ‘This extra funding for the Primary Care Mental Health Network will help to spread good practice and allow health professionals to share ideas to improve care.’
• In our article ‘Clinicians must hold purse strings’ we stated that the report was published by the National Audit Office (NT News, 4 December, p3). We would like to clarify that the study was published by the Audit Commission