Healthwatch Southwark ebulletin – 17th September 2013

17th September 2013, Edition 6          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

What has happened since the launch?

Since our launch at the end of June we have been working to collate the vast amount of information from various sources including the discussions which many of you took part in at the launch (click here for a summary), feedback from the public, health and social care organisations’ data and that from the former local involvement network, LINk Southwark.

The Healthwatch Southwark Interim Board has now met and based on the above have set four priority areas of work to focus on during the next 12 months. These are GP Access, Mental Health, Social Care and Sexual & Reproductive Health Services. Look out for further details on these, the full work plan & news on our next Public Forum over the next few weeks.

Thank you to future Healthwatch Champions (volunteer) and Supporters
A big thank you to all of you who have sent in volunteer application forms we are looking forward to working with you to help us champion better health and social care services. We will be in touch with you to let you know the next steps.

If you would like to become a Champion you can download the application form here, or for an application pack email: or call 020 7358 7005. You can also apply online here.


Tell us your views

We are keen to hear your views on your local health and social care services so please continue to share them with us. You can do this by contacting the team on: or calling 020 7358 7005.


Patient Opinion workshop on Healthwatch | Monday 23 September

Patient Opinion is running a workshop on Healthwatch for any Supporters who are interested. This free workshop for anyone involved in Healthwatch across England will allow you to explore how you and your organisation might make use of public online feedback in different ways. Book today.

Local News

Mental Health Day Opportunities consultation

This is a reminder that Southwark Council’s Consultation on the future of Mental Health Day Opportunities in Southwark is still live. The consultation will run from 12th August to 3rd November and will include 11 meetings taking place around the borough. This is a really important consultation as the results of it will shape the services that are provided to us in Southwark. Read more.


South East London Bowel Cancer Screening Centre

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69 (soon to be extended to cover 60 – 74 year olds). People in the invitation age range are automatically sent a screening kit through the post as long as they are registered with a GP.  Read more or call 0203 299 7601 for more information.


Marie Curie Fundraising new local members call

The Marie Curie London Bridge and Bermondsey Fundraising Group is looking for new members to help organize local events. To find out how you can get involved contact Jeni Day on 020 7599 7773 or email

Southwark Disablement Association and its Services

SDA, a user led organisation, supports disabled Adults with seen or unseen disability living in Southwark. They provide a variety of services to support people to live independently and to reach their full potential including Benefits Advice, Volunteers Support for befriending and support in the community, Deaf Access support for those who are deaf or hearing impaired. Find out more.

National News

Have your say on the future of the NHS
NHS England is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. This call to action sets out the facts about future demands on NHS services, how the budget is currently spent and how services are delivered. Read more.

Join us to celebrate 100 years of spiritual care at King’s | Wednesday 25 September
On Wednesday 25 September King’s College Hospital marks the 100th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Luke’s Chapel. The Chapel is symbolic of King’s rich history and to thank you for your support, we invite you to join us to celebrate with a service of thanksgiving, followed by a reception and lecture. Call 020 7848 3053 or visit the website to book.


The Health Promotion Access Catalogue

The Lambeth and Southwark Health Promotion Access Catalogue provides a range of free resources to local services providing health promotion to residents. Free sexual health resources include: Sexual Health Services in Lambeth and Southwark, SORTED – a booklet for young people who fancy people of the same sex, how to get a NHS abortion in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, a range of information leaflets on contraception methods. To register and access resources click here.


One in seven NHS staff made redundant win back jobs
More than one in seven NHS workers made redundant since May 2010 have been re-employed, parliamentary figures show. Health minister Daniel Poulter said 15,700 health service staff have had their contracts terminated after being made redundant since the coalition government took power in 2010. Dr Poulter said data up to January 2013 revealed that 2,400 of these workers had been re-employed within the NHS. Read more

NMC to vote on proposals for nurse revalidation
Nurses and midwives may have to collect positive feedback from patients and colleagues every three years in order to remain on the register, under new proposals. The options put forward by the Nursing and Midwifery Council also suggest they could be signed off as fit to practise by an individual who is not a registrant. The regulator committed itself to roll out proposals by the end of 2015 in the wake of the Francis report into carefailings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. Read more


LVSC launches fifth annual survey to map the impact of the cuts across London’s VCS

LVSC is inviting London’s voluntary and community sector to participate in its fifth annual Big Squeeze survey. The survey, disseminated to thousands of individuals, gives the sector an opportunity to express how the recession is impacting upon them, the issues they are facing and how service dependent Londoners are being affected. To complete the LVSC survey follow this link, or for further information go to the LVSC website. Survey closes Friday 30th September 2013


Save the date – Kindred Minds Conference | Thursday 3 October
We are delighted to invite you to our London-wide Kindred Minds, ‘Building On Our Strengths, Still We Rise’ Conference. Please pass onto your networks. All are welcome. Please let us know you are coming for our catering numbers, call 020 7358 7029 / 07809 701 434 or email:


CQC’s new hospital inspection programme to start today

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new programme of hospital inspections starts this week, with inspections in London and Yorkshire. The first inspection will begin today at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The second will begin on Thursday 19 September at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. The teams – called inspection panels – will include doctors, nurses and other experts and trained members of the public. Read more.


Recent NICE published guidance:

NICE Annual Review 2012/13 – Browse NICE’s online Annual Review to find out what NICE has been up to over the past year, for an update on new initiatives such as our local government briefings, and to learn more about our move into social care.

Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on ‘urinary incontinence in women’. Read it here

Developing guidance and standards for social care – NICE has a new responsibility, from April 2013, to develop guidance and quality standards for social care in England. Read more.

NICE Event

How does NICE assess value? | Thursday 10 October
This one day seminar will cover basic approaches to the assessment of costs and benefits for devices and diagnostics. The NIHR Office of Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) will provide information on UK resources for generating evidence for medical technologies. For any questions contact NICE Scientific Advice Team  Read more.

Local Events

Free ‘What is Self-Advocacy?’ workshop | September to December 2013
Self Advocacy Training is intended for individuals with mental distress. The Training is designed to help people who need to develop self confidence, skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them e.g. Debt Management, Self Esteem and Mental health Act, and more. To book call 0207 701 2696 or find out more.

Open House – Royal Pharmaceutical Society | Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Once a year dozens of buidlings of archetural and historical interest open their doors to the general public. This is your last chance to see displays of historical pharamacy collections before likely residential conversion of the building. 1 Lambeth High St, 2pm-5pm for free. Find out more.

Single assessment – Call for action | Friday 27 September
South London and Maudeley NHS would like to invite you to join them to test the first working version of the new assessment process. Your input will help to make sure the assessment really is ready to be tried out somewhere local to you. Please contact if you are able to attend.


FREE event to celebrate International Day of Older Persons | Tuesday 1 October

The event will be opened by Councilor Catherine Macdonald and Healthwatch Southwark will be there to give an update on Healthwatch Souhthwark and how you can get involved. There will also be updates on Adult Social Care and you will hear from inspirational older people about their contributions to the community. Book today.


NHS Southwark CCG meetings


Help shape Southwark physiotherapy and osteopathy services | Wed 25 September

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is holding this engagement event at 6pm at Cambridge House. If you have used these services in the last twelve months and are registered with a GP practice in Southwark they want to hear from you. To register a place email: or call 020 7525 7188.


Influence your local NHS in Southwark | Tuesday 22 October

Join our public event to tell us how you think NHS Southwark CCG can best help and support people to stay healthy over the coming years. The aim is to have greater prevention and self-management and also to improve the patient experience. Read more and book  or call 020 7525 7888.

Contact us

Contact the Healthwatch Southwark team:

Phone: 020 7358 7005



Jo Palmer

Communications and Events Officer

Jo Palmer | Communications and Events Officer | Community Action Southwark and Healthwatch Southwark | 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF | t: 020 7358 7023 | f: 0845 305 2160 |


The Transition Fund 2013/14, Round 5 is open for applications – Find out about the criteria changes here.


Southark Forum meeting 1st Oct – join us to influnece the council as it plans to make its budget cuts.


CAS’s 2013 Governance and Leadership Conference is on Wed 6th Nov – Book today.

Join CAS | Follow CAS on twitter @casouthwark | CAS on Facebook

Become a Healthwatch Southwark Supporter | Join twitter @HWSouthwark | Join Facebook

Community Action Southwark is a registered charity (no. 1105835 and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (no. 5090324). Registered office address as above.


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