Healthwatch Southwark – event held on 17th December 2013

On the 17th December 2013 Healthwatch Southwark hosted their “Building our network public forum” event at the Southwark Resource Centre.  Matthew kindly covered this event.

Matthew’s video blog is at:

Matthew’s audio blog is at:

The transcript of Matthew’s video and audio blog can be downloaded from:

Matthew’s photos of the event are on our Facebook site at:

All well worth a look.

Thank you Matthew.

Happy Christmas and see you at The Dragon Cafe in 2014

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas.

See you in 2014!


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It’s been an amazing 2013 for The Dragon Cafe and Mental Fight Club, and we would like to thank you all for your support along the way and wish you Health and Happiness now and in 2014.

Don’t forget that our fantastic musical fundraising continues with Tingle Jingle Mingle and David Meade’s ‘Come Over to the Dragon Cafe’.

More details and a chance to donate at

See you in 2014!

Declan McGill

Communications Manager

Mental Fight Club
‘Our Business is to Create’

Tel: 07813 900062

Working Days are Monday and Wednesday.

Health, Adult Social Care, Communities and Citizenship Scrutiny Sub-Committee – Survey


The Health Scrutiny Committee within Southwark council is keen to find out people’s experience of using health and social care services in Southwark. They would be very grateful if you would complete the brief survey (link also included below), which will be used to inform their report to the hospitals, doctors and health and social care commissioners.

Kind regards,

Membership, Engagement and Communications

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group

Postal Address: 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529 London SE1P 5LX

Base: 160 Tooley St London SE1 2QH


latest Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Dear All,
This is our last Public Health Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin of the year.

We take this opportunity to wish you a very relaxing season holiday and trust that the new year brings  peace and harmony to you and colleagues!!!!

 We invite you to visit our blog and check out interesting items such as :
* City bridge Trust growing Localities Awards  (deadline 31 january, 2014)
* Results on public attitudes towards mental illness- positive move!
* One in 10 health and wellbeings boards ignoring mental health
* ‘Our children desereve better: prevention pays’ the Chief medical officer’s annual report-
* Storm training for workers in Southwark and Lambeth
* New app helps users find a happy place
much more…

do not forget to keep me informed of your good work that you need to share with others so I can publish it on the blog.

please, visit:

Best wishes,

Anamaria Florin, MRSH
Mental Wellbeing Officer
Lambeth and Southwark Public Health


Cambridge House is a multi-purpose voluntary organisation founded as a settlement in 1889 by Cambridge University. Our mission remains to address poverty, disadvantage and discrimination by enabling individuals to realise their potential. Under this umbrella, the Children’s and Adults’ service was set up over 120 years ago as a group for local people with learning disabilities who work on developing clients’ social and life skills through creative methods.

In partnership with Sports England, London PE and School Sports Network, Cambridge House provides weekly sports sessions (Swimming and Trampolining) for young people with learning and/or physical disabilities aged 14 – 25 years old and living in Southwark.

We are seeking motivated volunteers with experience in working with clients with learning disabilities that are enthusiastic about fitness.


  • To assist staff to deliver a high quality programme to clients.
  • To support the delivery of our services to ensure that clients’ needs are met.

Main tasks

  • To engage clients in the activities (swimming and trampolining) offered.
  • To support the group ensuring clients’ personal safety and well-being is upheld whilst giving due regard to the quality of the experience provided.

The skills required for this role:

  • Can do approach.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good communication skills.
  • A responsible attitude.

In return, Cambridge House will reimburse expenses of up to £10 p/day. This role provides a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and have a better understanding of working with clients with learning disabilities. Working hours are between 4pm and 6pm on Tuesdays and Fridays during term time and we expect volunteers to commit to at least one term. All appointments will be subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check and a two week trial period.

Via via Matthew

Funds cut for mental health trusts in England

By Michael Buchanan BBC News

Paramedic Emma Bardney from Nottinghamshire was diagnosed with complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a childhood trauma
Mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years, figures show.

The BBC received data from 43 out of 51 mental health trusts following a Freedom of Information request.

The coalition has guaranteed the NHS budget will rise by 0.1% in real terms over the course of this parliament.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning that mental health services are near breaking point.

Separate data for the same period shows referrals to crisis and community mental health teams have risen by 16%.

Care & Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: “It is completely unacceptable for local commissioners to disadvantage mental health in the allocation of funds to local health services.

“This completely conflicts with the government’s clear position that there must be parity of esteem – equality – between mental and physical health. This must be a priority for NHS England to address.”

The revelations come just weeks after one of the country’s leading psychiatrists told BBC News that mental health services are unsafe and in crisis.

Comparing the total 2011/12 budgets with that for this year, 2013/14, there was a reduction of 2.36% in real terms. Of the 13 trusts that were able to provide indicative budgets for next year, 2014/15, 10 are expecting more cuts.

Prof Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Even small cuts at this time can have a disproportionately large effect on the welfare of our patients.

“The services are stretched to their limit and if they stretch any further, the elastic band is going to snap.”

Dr Martin McShane, from NHS England, said: “If you look at the figures, mental health trusts have taken more work on, they’re more productive, they’re delivering better value for the NHS.

“There are other parts of the system that are delivering services that might have been delivered by mental health trusts, such as psychological therapies.”

Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind said the ultimate consequence of the cuts would be that people do not get the help they need in crisis.

That is certainly the experience of Emma Bardney, who has a complex post traumatic stress disorder, but says she’s been failed by her mental health trust.

“Its been really tough… fighting for the right to get better,” said the 42 year old paramedic.

“There’s been no community mental health support available to me. So my care plan has been sporadic out-patients with a consultant or crisis support and nothing in-between and the only way you can access support is when you are in crisis.

“So you have to get to a very low point before you get any type of support or help.”

The pressure on crisis and community health services is highlighted by information provided to the online journal Community Care.

Using data provided under a separate Freedom of Information request, they found that:

  • Budgets for ‘crisis resolution teams’ fell by 1.7% in real terms compared to 2011/12. Referrals rose 16%. These are the staff who provide intensive home treatment in an effort to prevent acutely unwell people being admitted to hospital.
  • Budgets for community mental health teams shrunk by 0.03% in real terms since 2011/12 but referrals have risen 13%. These teams give ongoing support to patients to prevent their health deteriorating to crisis point.

“Mind hears all the time from people who have lost the community health care that was helping them to cope and who now find themselves unable to get through to their local crisis team,” said Paul Farmer.

“They feel ‘fobbed off’ when they do, because there simply aren’t enough staff to cope with the numbers of people in desperate need of help.”

An analysis of the board papers of mental health trusts and reports from the Care Quality Commission shows the problems in the system:

  • Patients in Cornwall receiving dismissive advice, with one being told “I am the only one working, don’t kill yourself on my shift”.
  • Community health teams in Bradford complaining of “unmanageably high caseloads”.
  • Patients in need of an urgent assessment in Barnet, north London, not being seen for five weeks.
  • Crisis teams in Kent spending as little as 10 minutes with patients. Mental health services in England are facing budget cuts despite the government’s promise to protect health spending.

Via via Andrea

keeping people updated about the proposed changes to Lewisham Adult Mental Health Services

Hello everyone,

In November, we held the Mental Health and Wellbeing Stakeholders Day.  Around 200 people attended.   At the event this year, we held focussed discussions about some changes to community adult mental health services.  We also invited people to give their views during November & December – see attached information sheet.

Information about proposed changes to Lewisham adult mental health services

I would like to let you know about a meeting we are holding in January (see attached flyer) to keep people informed and involved in the process.   Please do circulate to those who you feel may be interested.

A4 flyer – stakeholder feedback Jan 2014

With best wishes


Alice Glover

Patient & Public Involvement Lead – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959

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