Healthwatch Southwark eNews – 9th July 2013

Guys9th August 2013, Edition 4                                   Healthwatch Southwark eNews

Welcome to our E-News, an update on what’s happening in your Healthwatch as well as local health and social care news and events. If you would like to be included in the next e-news, please email

Healthwatch News

Calling for Healthwatch volunteers

We are recruiting Healthwatch volunteers to help carry out functions in promotion and engagement, research and intelligence, and representation. The volunteers will work with us to champion better health and social care services.

If you would like to become a volunteer please download the application forms here, or contact us for an application pack at: or call 020 7358 7005. The Application deadline has been extended to Friday 23 August, 5pm. Read more.

Signposting document

We have also produced a signposting document – an overview on how to find and access key health and social care services in Southwark.

Healthwatch Southwark update talk | Monday 30 September

Alvin Kinch, Healthwatch  Southwark’s Manager is going to speak at the 30 September Camberwell Community Council meeting in the evening. Alvin will be updating on what’s been happening since the Healthwatch launch on the 26th June in terms of shaping strategic priorities and other developments. Find out more.

Healthwatch Southwark stall at African Health Forum event | Friday 16 August

We will be having a stall at this event whose focus will be Understanding the health needs of and celebrating the health and wellbeing of young people from African communities. It’s running from 11.00 am – 3.00pm  at Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, London SE5 0HF. To book a place download the booking form and email it to or call 020 8867 0339. I’ll be speaking at the event.

Local News

New university NHS alliance to improve healthcare in South London

A new Strategic Alliance that will share best practice in research and the education and training of students and health professionals has been agreed between King’s Health Partners and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Board and St George’s, University of London. Aims of the Strategic Alliance include delivering joint work programmes where synergies exist in research and service innovation. Read more.

Ready for action! Your new Lambeth and Southwark Diabetes UK Community Champions

The DMI and Diabetes UK have been working together to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic volunteers in Lambeth and Southwark who have good connections with their local community. 15 Community Champions have been recruited and trained to learn about the risk factors, symptoms, myths and misconceptions about diabetes that are prevalent in some cultures. Read more.

Consultation on the future of Mental Health Day Opportunities in Southwark

Experts by Experience have been commissioned by Southwark Council to undertake a consultation on their proposals for the reconfiguration of Mental Health Day Services in Southwark. The Council’s lead member has approved the consultation approach and timetable. The decision will go to the Scrutiny Committee this Wednesday, 31 July. Read more. 11 focus groups are planned – find out dates here.

Supporting primary care to deliver excellent diabetes care

NHS Lambeth CCG, NHS Southwark CCG and the DMI are delighted by the fantastic engagement with this year’s reward scheme and want to thank the nearly 90 practices who have registered for the scheme.

The DMI will be looking at how best to support practices to implement their action plans. Read more.

Growing Out project run by London Wildlife Trust
This is a FREE 1 year training/work experience course for adults with mild learning disabilities who would like to learn more about wildlife gardening, food growing and practical conservation work. The project runs in Southwark (East Dulwich) every Monday and also places available on our North and East London groups. If anyone is interested then please ask them to get in touch with me Georgie Mavrakis for more information.

Tasting seasons – Let’s get cooking!
This healthy eating “Let’s get cooking” project of the Children Food trust is brand new. It runs on Thursdays throughout the Summer and costs just £1 per person. The aim of group is to get together vulnerable and non-vulnerable people; to get them socialising while cooking healthy meals and learning cooking tricks. Book your place at: or call 020 7021 4400

Lay assessors required for GSTT Local Clinical Excellence Awards assessment panel
The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust Local Clinical Excellence Awards assessment panel encompasses a balanced representation of consultants both NHS and academics, non clinical managers and lay members from a variety of backgrounds to ensures the system is fair, open and transparent. They are looking for lay members to participate in this process. Find out more.

National News

Patients recommend their care at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Inpatients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in June gave Guy’s and St Thomas’ an average score of 77. The Friends and Family Test is a new National initiative that asks patients whether they would recommend their care to friends and family. The results, published by NHS England nationally for the first time, will help patients compare the care offered by individual NHS trusts. Read more.

Opportunity to say something about well-being

Lambeth and Southwark’s joint public health team have commissioned the National Social Marketing Centre to carry out interviews around wellbeing with residents, who access services. Each resident, who takes part in a joint interview with a family member or friend, receives a £20 high street voucher. All interviews will take place by Friday 16 August. If interested email David Graham at or call  07764 195105.

Patient Rights in The NHS Constitution –  survey

The NHS Constitution Team at the DoH is exploring how they can have greater impact, with a specific focus on ensuring patients’ rights are met. The team are interested in the views of service users and their carers about which rights are most important to them and where they would want to go for assistance if they felt their rights weren’t met. Closing date for the survey is 16 August. Access the survey here

Jeremy Hunt launches national dementia scheme at St Thomas’ Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a national scheme to improve the care of patients with dementia. The Older Person’s Unit at St Thomas’ has been hailed as an example for other trusts to follow. Read more.

Recent NICE published guidance:

Test to detect spread of breast cancer could help avoid further surgery. Read more.

New Quality Standard for Psoriasis. Read more

New Quality Standard for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more.

Local Events

Research Roadshow’s cardiovascular, asthma and allergy exhibition

Do you or a family member suffers from asthma or an allergy, or do you have an interest in these areas of medicine and health? If yes visit Research Roadshow’s stands where researchers from Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital will be showcasing research and demonstrations; at John Harvard Library Foyer on Borough high street Monday August 12,12pm- 2pm and Peckham Library foyer on Wednesday August 14, 12pm – 2pm. Move to events

SUITE (Service User Involvement in Training and Education) focus groups

SUITE are developing training to improve the quality of SLAM’s patient record keeping.
They would like to hear people’s experiences of their service users in regard to the records that have been written by professionals about them during consultations and whether they have later proved to be helpful or unhelpful when read by themselves or others. Tuesday 20 August 11.30 – 1.30 at the Bethlem Royal Hospital Community Centre Wednesday 21 August -10.00.  Find out more.

Participation Day | Wednesday 21  August 10-3pm

A free fun activity day for adults with a learning disability. Try new sports, find out about what activities are going on in your community and have fun! Venue: Southwark Park, contact: Charmaine Binns 020 8655 7733. Book today.

Disability Living Allowance workshop | Tuesday 10 September, 9.30am-1pm

The Next DLA workshop is being held at Cambridge House. Book into the next DLA workshop by emailing or calling the DLA. DLA family workers will be there to support you to complete the DLA claim form.

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