Results 1–20 of 481 for speaker:Baroness Hollins

Pupil Mental Health, Well-being and Development - Motion to Take Note (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Bennett, on an excellent opening speech. I agree that our schools could do much more to prepare pupils for the challenges of today. I declare my interest as founder and chair of a small mental health charity, Books Beyond Words, which I shall mention briefly later. Before I became a Member of your Lordships’ House, I was a clinical academic...

Knife Crime: Violence Reduction Units - Question (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, a 2014 Scottish study by Professor John Crichton found that the kitchen knife was the most commonly used weapon. The author suggested that the introduction of knives without points as an effective public health strategy might positively affect the rate of death and serious injury. I quote: “It would not be necessary to enforce an absolute ban on long pointed kitchen knives, but...

Knife Crime: Violence Reduction Units - Question (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, a 2014 Scottish study by Professor John Crichton found that the kitchen knife was the most commonly used weapon. The author suggested that the introduction of knives without points as an effective public health strategy might positively affect the rate of death and serious injury. I quote: “It would not be necessary to enforce an absolute ban on long pointed kitchen knives, but...

Schools: Persistent Absenteeism - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, we know that mental and emotional distress has increased hugely since the pandemic, that children who are distressed cannot learn, and that children who are not learning but failing at school will stay away from school. I think the Minister said that, by 2025, 50% of schools would have good mental health support, but I cannot see 50% as being enough. Can the Minister comment?

In-patient Mental Health Care: Learning Disabilities and Autism - Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2023)

Baroness Hollins: To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress towards achieving the target in the NHS Long Term Plan to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities and autism in in-patient mental health care by 50 per cent by March 2024, relative to 2015 levels.

In-patient Mental Health Care: Learning Disabilities and Autism - Question for Short Debate (13 Dec 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, this debate follows quickly on the heels of the topical debate about my report, My Heart Breaks, and the debate from the noble Earl, Lord Russell, on the state of children’s mental health a couple of weeks ago. This debate should be more optimistic than earlier ones, because it is about the Government’s flagship programme, Building the Right Support, which launched back in 2015,...

Conflict and Climate Change in Fragile States: Support for Children - Question (28 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, given the long-term mental health consequences of conflict and climate change on children, has the Minister considered that investment in the protection and recovery of those children’s mental health is critical for the long-term future of those fragile states and that a psychosocial model of recovery and stability will be the most effective way to meet those children’s needs?

Learning Disabilities and Autism: Solitary Confinement in Hospital - Question for Short Debate (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: To ask His Majesty’s Government whether they plan to expedite implementing the recommendations in the report My heart breaks—solitary confinement in hospital has no therapeutic benefit for people with a learning disability and autistic people, published by the Department of Health and Social Care on 8 November.

Learning Disabilities and Autism: Solitary Confinement in Hospital - Question for Short Debate (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, I declare an interest as I have autistic family members and my son also has a learning disability. I am grateful to all noble Lords who have signed up to speak in this topical debate: all ideas on how to make progress are needed. I thank the Minister for agreeing to meet interested Members of your Lordships’ House after the debate. My gratitude is also due to the panel of experts...

Mental Health: Children and Young People - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, it is my honour to follow my noble and learned friend Lady Hale, whose eminent career has included, of course, serving as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and being the first woman appointed President of the Supreme Court. We were brought up in different parts of the West Riding of Yorkshire, and both ended up being head girl in our different grammar...

Mental Health Act 1983 - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, 40 years ago, as a young consultant psychiatrist, I argued against the inclusion of learning disabilities and autism in the 1983 Act—it is out of date; these are not mental disorders. Does the Minister agree that it is time to take this Bill forward seriously?

Autism: In-patient Care in Mental Health Hospitals - Question (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, the tragedy is that so many admissions are due to failings in adult social care. Mencap’s analysis of the latest NHS Digital statistics shows that only 45% of ICSs have met the adult in-patient rate promised by March 2020 and that 26% of ICSs are going in the wrong direction. Can the Minister update the House on future plans for building the right support after March 2024? In the...

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, I will focus my response to the gracious Speech on mental health, learning disability and autism. I remind the House that I have autistic family members and have had a long career as a psychiatrist. The recent Royal College of Psychiatrists report Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: The Case for Action urgently draws to our attention that children under five in the United...

NHS Waiting Times: Long-Term Sickness Absence - Question (19 Oct 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, the Minister suggested that musculoskeletal conditions were of equal concern to mental health conditions, but many people with musculoskeletal conditions also have mental health conditions, which are often hidden. Is anything being done to try to reach parity of esteem for mental health with physical health, as was promised in the Health and Social Care Act 2012?

Adult Social Care (Adult Social Care Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, I welcome this excellent report from the Adult Social Care Committee. I congratulate the chair and the members; I would have loved to be one. I declare my relevant registered interests: I manage a family member’s direct payment and I am a director of a not-for-profit support organisation. I will not have time to give examples from my professional experience or my experience as a...

Cost of Living Support - Statement (22 Jun 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, at the same time as the cost of living crisis, local authorities’ social care budgets are under pressure. I have heard from some disabled people who have a personal budget that they are being asked to make an increased contribution, thus significantly reducing their direct payments. I do not think the proposed new payment will eliminate even those increased contributions, let...

Sodium Valproate - Question ( 5 Jun 2023)

Baroness Hollins: My Lords, I note that the damage caused by sodium valproate happens during the first trimester, when many women do not realise they are pregnant for a while, and, despite attempts to plan pregnancy, many pregnancies are unplanned. It is one thing to say that it is the woman’s knowledge, understanding and consent, but what about the long-term care of children who are born with damage caused...

Health and Disability White Paper - Commons Urgent Question (20 Mar 2023)

Baroness Hollins: I am glad that the Minister mentioned autistic people. How will the proposals in this White Paper impact on people with learning disabilities? They probably have the lowest rate of successful employment of any group, with some 6% or fewer of adults in employment, and it is difficult to see how such a complicated system is going to help them. Can the Minister help?


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