SLaM service user / carer advisory group for mood, anxiety & personality disorder update

Hello Everyone, here are the key points from february meetig of the SLaM service user / carer advisory group for mood, anxiety & personality disorder.  Please circulate to service users/groups as appropriate.

SERVICE USER ADVISORY GROUP: Supporting people who use Services for Mood, Anxiety & Personality Disorders, through collaborative work with Service Managers

The Service User Advisory Group is part of the Mood, Anxiety & Personality (MAP) Clinical Academic Group – an organisational structure which manages services for mood, anxiety & personality disorder across the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM). The Advisory Group members have experience of using mental health services and meet every month. We work with the senior management of the mood, anxiety & personality disorder services to keep the views of service users at the heart of all service developments and improvements. To make sure that people know what we are discussing in our meetings we have developed this short briefing sheet.

1) Three service users were present at the February meeting, plus the Public & Patient Involvement (PPI) Lead, the clinical governance project officer the Equalities Manager from SLaM, the Co-ordinator from ‘Four in Ten’ and the services lead MAP community teams in Lambeth. Apologies were received from 3 members.

2) We heard that 15 people had expressed interest in joining the group following the recent publicity. The PPI lead is meeting them all individually and developing a profile of their interest & experience. Group members will then review the anonymised profiles to identify who would be the best fit with the needs of the group. We will work together to develop a welcome and induction process to the group for new members.

3) We discussed involvement and patient experience with the Lambeth Clinical Service Lead for the MAP community teams. We suggested that she contacts staff in Southwark, where there are service user forums happening within the service.

4) The equalities manager outlined how SLaM needs to consider how provision of services and changes to them may impact differently on both service users and staff in relation to the following ‘protected’ characteristics: Age, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, ethnicity, pregnancy, marital status and religion/belief. We were invited to read and comment on the recent report about progress in this area. We will also be informed of the forthcoming process to set equality objectives for the year.  For more information contact Macius Kurowski:  020 3228 1675  Macius.kurowski@slam.nhs.uk

5) We met Peter, the project co-ordinator of Four in Ten which is a service user group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) SLaM service users. We hope that members of Four in Ten will be able to feedback their concerns about psychological medicine CAG services to our group for consideration. We will make sure that the group receives this briefing sheet. For more information contact Peter Vittles 07711376258 peter.vittles@slam.nhs.uk

6) A group member told us about the peer support project in Lambeth ‘Solidarity in a Crisis’ where he is a peer supporter.

7) We were updated on the proposed audit of discharge processes in Southwark. This is a joint venture between SLaM and the Southwark User Council. A member of the Southwark Association for Mental Health Ltd, will join a small working group to take this forward.

8) We heard about a forthcoming meeting for advisory group members to look at business planning in the MAP and Psychological Medicine CAGs.

pdf version here: Briefing Sheet feb 2013

with best wishes,

Alice

Alice Glover
Patient & Public Involvement Lead
Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email:  alice.glover@slam.nhs.uk tel: 020 3228 0959
113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ


psychological medicine cag service user & carer advisory group briefing

Hello Everyone,

here is an overview of what the SLaM psychological medicine clinical academic group service user & carer advisory group discussed at its february meeting:   Please distribute the attachment as appropriate.

1. Five service user/carer consultants were present at the February meeting. Also present were the Patient & Public Involvement Lead, the Equalities Manager from SLaM, Coordinator from ‘Four in Ten’ and a Clinical Service Lead from SLaM. 2 service user consultants and 4 staff members sent apologies.

2. We agreed that 2 members of our group would go to the governance executive meeting in May. This is a management group which oversees the quality of services. The meeting will focus on patient experience in the Triage wards. We will make sure that we take the views and experiences of people who have used Triage wards to the meeting.

3. We heard that the carers group at the Lishman Unit was continuing. A member of our group has continued to support the group and funding is being sought so that she can be a more regular contributor. The Lishman Unit has also been using the data from the satisfaction surveys to identify areas where they can improve. Activities on the ward have been highlighted as an area to work on.

4. The equalities manager outlined how SLaM needs to consider how provision of services and changes to them may impact differently on both service users and staff in relation to the following ‘protected’ characteristics: Age, gender, sexual orientation, transgender, disability, ethnicity, pregnancy, marital status and religion/belief. We were invited to read and comment on the recent report about progress in this area. We will also be informed of the forthcoming process to set equality objectives for the year.

5. We met Peter, the project co-ordinator of Four in Ten which is a service user group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) SLaM service users. We hope that membersof Four in Ten will be able to feedback their concerns about psychological medicine CAG services to our group for consideration. We will make sure that the group receives this briefing sheet.

6. We heard about the progress of the Southwark Peer Support Project.

7. We heard about the Lewisham Carers working group, where again, patient confidentiality and what can be shared with family and carers was raised as a problematic issue. A suggestion was made about having an advance directive identifying what the service user was happy for the carer to be informed about. There has been positive feedback about the carers’ information pack that is being developed by advisory group members.

8. We heard about a stakeholder meeting in Lewisham run by the clinical commissioning group. An advisory group member had attended and highlighted mental health service user concerns around crisis care and the apparent trend of discharging people back to primary care. 3 members of the group have agreed to attend a similar meeting in Lambeth.

9. A group member raised concerns about the systems in place to ensure good practice by the police when dealing with mental health service users.

As ever, the group is interested to hear the views and feedback of people who use SLaM  emergency access services (such as home treatment services, a&e psychiatric liaison), complex care services (such as eating disorders, chronic fatigue, mother & baby services) and neurosciences services (such as brain injury).

pdf version here: psych med advisory group briefing – february 2013

With Best wishes,

Alice

Alice Glover

Patient & Public Involvement LeadMood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG

email:  alice.glover@slam.nhs.uk tel: 020 3228 0959

113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ


Croydon Jobcentre awareness talk chkd

Hear Us is holding our March Open Meeting

 

Are you treated with respect???????

The subject will be: Dignity in Care and Safeguarding Vulnerable adults

Guest Speaker: Vincent Docherty from Croydon Council’s Safe Guarding Service

If you:

 

  • Receive care for your mental health – e.g. from your GP, a community mental health team such as Tamworth Road or Purley Resource Centre or as an inpatient e.g. at the Bethlem or in a care home
  • Care for someone who has mental health problems
  • Are an organisation that supports/cares for people with mental health problems

 

THEN THIS MEETING IS FOR YOU

DATE:  Tuesday March 5th

TIME:   1pm (starting with LUNCH) (please note that Hear Us had decided to reduce the length of our meetings and we will be finishing by around 3pm)

VENUE:   Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) 82, London Road, West Croydon, CR0 2TB (opposite Lidl)

DIRECTIONS   from West Croydon Train/bus station – turn right out of the station and the CVA is just 5 minute’s walk away.

Various flyers and info here:

Hear Us Open Forum March 2013

Hear Us Open Meeting Tuesday 5th February 2013

PIP PRESENTATION UPSKILLING FEB13

Questions and Answers – PIP

Where to get Support and Advice

Hear Us welcomes carers, voluntary sector organisations, statutory bodies and most importantly people with personal experience of Mental Health problems to our meetings – to have your voices heard.

All the Best

Jane

Jane White

Administrator


Coffee Morning

Hi,

I am holding a coffee morning on Monday the 4th March 2013 at the Dragon Cafe from 11.30am – 12.30pm. This had been arrange so that clients, potential clients  and/or care workers are able to come along and discuss Volunteering and what it involves and to ask any questions around the topic, I will be there to answer any queires. I have attached the coffee morning flyer, and would really appreciate it if you could promote this amongst your clients, as of yet I’m unsure of numbers and it would be great if I could have confirmation on any possible attendees.

Flyer here:  coffee morning invite

Kind Regards

Adam

Adam Jacques

Supported Volunteering Officer

Volunteer Centre Southwark

Unit 215/216

Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre

London SE1 6TE
T: 020 7703 4205

DD: 020 7358 5945
Web: www.volunteercentres.org.uk

Email: adamj@volunteercentres.org.uk

Please note I’m in the office on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays


Impact Art Fair

26th 27th 28th July – Block 336, Brixton, London

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – DEADLINE 23RD APRIL 2013

The second Impact Art Fair www.impact-art-fair.org.uk  will open at Block 336, Brixton, London on the 26th, 27st and 28th of July, 2013. The fair is the UK’s first national art fair showcasing work only by artists who have experienced mental health issues, disability, ill health or other socially excluding circumstances. Full of talent but lacking access and opportunities, the Impact Art Fair gives artists the chance to sell their work and be valued by wider society. In 2011,1000 visitors attended the fair and most artists were able to report at least one sale.

ARTISTS

If you are an artist and would like to submit your work for possible selection (including photography), please email: info@creativefuture.org.uk for submission guidelines. Or call 01273 234 780. Deadline for images for selection process is April 23rd 2013 so you’ll need the guidelines in good time before then.

ARTS ORGANISATIONS

If you are an organisation that works with socially excluded artists and you would like to display your artists’ work at a stall at the Impact Art Fair please get in touch – email info@creativefuture.org.uk or call 01273 234 780

Simon Powell
Project Director
Creative Future
Community Base, 113 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XG
01273 234 780, 07795 691 579

www.creativefuture.org.uk

www.impact-art-fair.org.uk

www.wix.com/tightmodern/gallery

www.facebook.com/creativefuture

https://mydonate.bt.com/charity/secure/tools/displayBanners.html

twitter@CreativeF_uture


You are invited to My Singular Fascination by Liz Atkin, at the Bethlem Gallery

My Singular Fascination
By Liz Atkin

Liz Atkin’s work is informed by her curiosity with skin as a primary source for corporeal art, both as metaphorical membrane and physical boundary. With a background in theatre and dance, physicality underpins her creative practice.

Her work centres on a multilayered exploration of the possibilities of marking, extending and transforming the skin to question the limits of the body across and within the porous textures of light and surfaces. This personal investigation explores body-focused repetitive behaviour, rendering the skin to matter for re-sculpting.

Opening 20th February 2013, 3 – 6pm
Exhibition continues 21st February – 15th March
Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm
Museum and Gallery open Saturday 2nd March, 11am – 5pm. Join us for an artists’ talk at the gallery at 2pm

Free Entry – All Welcome!

The Bethlem Gallery | 020 3228 4101 | info@bethlemgallery.com | www.bethlemgallery.com


NHS recognises that mindfulness meditation is good for depression

Scientists have now discovered how mindfulness meditation can give patients control over levels of depression, anxiety and chronic pain.

Mindfulness meditation has been shown to give patients control over their own depression and anxiety levels and levels of chronic pain, according to a paper published earlier this month in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Previous studies have found that mindfulness meditation can cut the recurrence of depression by 50%, and neuroimaging scans have shown significant positive change in brain activity of long-term meditators. But while scientists knew mindfulness was having an effect, they have not known how until now.

Catherine Kerr, lead author of the new study and director of translational neuroscience at Brown University in Providence, in the US, says that when we are depressed, attention is “consumed by negative preoccupations, thoughts and worries”. Instead of disengaging and moving on, we find ourselves digging deeper into negative thought patterns.

Mindfulness gives patients control over this habitual chain via a “body scan” technique, where patients systematically engage and disengage with the sensations in each part of the body. As they do so, alpha rhythms, which organise the flow of sensory information in the brain, increase and decrease. Kerr describes this as a “sensory volume knob” and it is this flexible focusing skill which, the paper proposes, “regulates attention so that it does not become biased toward negative physical sensations and thoughts, as in depression”. Early Buddhists advanced a similar theory 2,500 years ago in a famous practice text called “Mindfulness of the body and breath”.

I came to mindfulness on a 10-day Buddhist meditation retreat in Thailand. Letting go of thought felt as impossible as tearing off a limb; particularly when the leg and back pains started from sitting cross-legged.

Years later, I came to see that it was unacknowledged emotions that gradually manifested as pain, on an emotional and sometimes physical level. Turning towards them, and accepting them fully, helped to resolve them.

Thankfully, the secular antidote that the NHS has rolled out is far easier than the one the Buddha taught. You don’t have to sit cross-legged, and the sessions, usually run by a clinical psychologist, take place once a week over a period of eight weeks.

Having recognised the health and cost benefits, some NHS trusts accept self-referrals, others accept referrals via GPs. The Mental HealthFoundation, which has produced a list of some of the NHS-funded courses, estimates that as many as 30% of GPs now refer patients to mindfulness training.

However, these programmes are often bundled under “talking therapies” treatment, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is misleading since talking is exactly what mindfulness practitioners aren’t doing.

#RT via http://www.guardian.co.uk