Health and Wellbeing board wants to hear patients stories

Hi All,

The Health and Wellbeing Board wants to hear from the people of Southwark about their health and wellbeing.

Flyer here: Lets talk leaflet v1

Your support is critical to this engagement programme, and will provide the depth needed to really inform the future plans for health and wellbeing in Southwark. They are holding an open public event on 12 February where you can share your stories and experiences, there is a flyer about this event attached to this email.

Alternatively, if you are involved with any local groups who would be willing to allow one of the trained volunteers to join your next meeting (before the end of February) to listen to people’s stories please do let us know to help arrange this.

There is also the option to share your story using the online survey which can be found on this link if you would prefer.

If you are not familiar, the Health and Wellbeing Board brings together representatives from Healthwatch Southwark and Community Action Southwark, Southwark Council (including Public Health), NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group,  King’s Health Partners and the Metropolitan Police Service (Safer Southwark Partnership).

Kind regards,

Daniel Blagdon

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


Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602

Mike has been found!

Mike has been found

Facebook & Tweets – Help Dragon Cafe Promote Our Relaunch – Mon 17 Feb 2014

Connect with The Dragon Cafe on Facebook and Twitter.

  Help Us Promote Our Relaunch on Mon 17 Feb 2014 with your Facebook and Tweets


We’re looking forward to seeing you in person when we re-open, but you can keep up to date with what’s going on and help to spread the word about The Dragon Cafe to your social media networks by joining us online – Like us on Facebook and Follow us if you’re on Twitter. We love creative collaborations so here’s a great way to share what you are doing too!

While we often seriously explore weighty matters around mental health at the Cafe we do also like to enjoy ourselves and have a laugh.

Check out the brilliant Dr Stewart comedy set from The Dragon Cafe on our Facebook and why not click Like while you’re there!

See you on Monday 17th February! 


Raw Sounds

Raw Sounds provides creative media sessions for people accessing mental health services. Our workshops promote collaboration, expression and the chance to build new skills in a creative environment.

Sessions include:

  • Music production
  • Live band rehearsal
  • DJ-ing
  • Video production
  • Lyric and song writing
  • Performance opportunities

Want to attend?

You must:

  • Be referred via mental health services
  • Have support from a care co-ordinator
  • Be committed to attend regularly

Further info:

Raw Material: 0207 737 6103


Download an application form here:


Latest cook and eat course at Blackfriars

Hello everyone.

Please find attached the details of our next course starting on 12th February.

Cook Eat Course

Best wishes

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

Mobile: 0791 8088194

Find out more about what we can do for you:

Follow us on Twitter: @BlackfriarsSett

Like us on Facebook:

Carers Hub Lambeth Mental Health Carers Newsletter

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If anyone would like a paper copy or to receive this newsletter via email each month then you can contact Curtis or Sarah on 020 8678 5609.

via Matthew

Promoting recovery course in Lewisham

9 Session course for carers who care for young adults (aged between 16 – 37)

For all carers in Lewisham, supporting carers to care healthily

Aim of course: To support family and friends who care for someone with mental health issues.
To prevent major relapse and promote recovery for their cared for relatives by empowering, educating, and allowing carers to become more self-aware around Mental Health. Supporting carers to combat stigma and discrimination, and promoting social inclusion.

Client group: Family Carers who care for young adults (aged between 16 – 37).

The first course will start early in 2014.

The fortnightly Sessions will take place at the Carers Centre in Waldram Place, Forest Hill, SE23 2LB.

Please refer any carers who you think would benefit from this course to Jey Sivathasan.

NB This is not an open course, carers will be assessed before they can participate.

Flyer here: Promote recover course 2014 flyer

Via Matthew

Music workshops – 12 February 2014

The Royal College of Music is running a six week programme of group percussion workshops for mental health service users.


Are you interested in taking part in a research study?

I am currently engaged in doctoral studies into mental health and spirituality. I am researching the nature of spirituality in the professional helping relationships of women with a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.  I am looking for volunteers who are women aged 19-40 who have been given a label of borderline personality disorder, but who are not currently undergoing treatment for that disorder. You cannot take part in this study if you are a current NHS patient including outpatient or community services.

The study involves you attending a one hour taped interview with me, as the primary researcher and talking about your experiences, your recovery and your spirituality. Travel expenses will be reimbursed if you travel to meet me and I am able to travel to meet with you at a mutually agreeable venue.

I would appreciate any help you can give me with this study. I am hoping to gather information that can contribute to mental health education and inform future therapeutic relationships.

If you want to know more or would like to talk with me directly then I’m happy to give you a ring at your convenience. My contact details are below.

Many thanks for your interest

Kind regards

Deborah Watkins  020 83318072 07867380912


Service User Involvement Officer


Carer Involvement Manager


NHS Job Site (indexed at SLaM)


Service User Expert Champions (not sure if this one is ongoing)


Mind Jobs and Vacancies


Mental Health Caseworkers to be based at our Harrow and Lewisham Office.


Jobs at King’s College London

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Living library Event

Ever wanted to ask a book a question?  Now you can……

Living Library Event on Thursday 6th February 2014  2pm – 4.30pm, Level 2 Croydon Central Library

Mind in Croydon, Hear Us and Time to Change,  are bringing books to life by putting ‘Living Books’ on the shelf to borrow as part of national time to talk day

We are excited to say Active Minds are running another Living Library event at Croydon Central library in conjuction with Hear us. It woud lbe great to see you there. We are also in need of people to volunteer as ‘books’ and ‘shelf monitors’ so let me know if you are intersted. We need ‘books’ with all sorts of expereinces, including thouse who work in mental health to be living books-please see attached for more details or give me a call,  I would also be greatfull if you could send this to your contacts and display the attached poster.

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living library poster 2

Thank you!

Dora Crook

Active Minds – Mind in Croydon

Orchard House, 15a Purley Road

South Croydon, CR2 6EZ

t: 020 8253 8206/5  07704793811



SLaM Mental Health Act Event for Service Users and Carers


Healthwatch Southwark enewsletter 23 Jan 2014

  Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
  Hello Supporter!

We’ve had a busy time since the festivities getting back into gear with all that is happening around care services in Southwark.

1000 Lives – Lets Talk about your health and wellbeing
We need you to all please get involved with ‘1000 Lives’ – Healthwatch Southwark is working with the Health and Wellbeing board (HWB) and its partners to collect the stories of local residents around their health and wellbeing. Get involved today!

Building Our Network Update!
On December 17th we had our public form event to build our networks and conversations. We had presentations from Southwark Council around the ‘1000 Lives’ engagement and a presentation on Healthwatch Southwark’s work in partnership with the Latin American Women’s Rights Service.

Guests were also asked to share their understanding of our priority areas. Click here to read a report, a full report is available upon request. We will be holding another forum in March.

Board Chair and Lay Board Member recruitment
We are seeking people to fill the role of Healthwatch Southwark Board Chair and Lay Board Member. To show an expression of interest please contact Alvin / 020 7358 7005.

Focus Group findings
Sec-Chan our Development Officer has been working with groups to dig deeper into their experience of accessing and receiving services. Her findings are in a report that we will share with you soon.

Best wishes,

The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan and Chip

Local News

Local news from across the community

‘1000 Lives’ – Lets Talk about your health and wellbeing
Healthwatch Southwark is working with the Health and Wellbeing board (HWB) and its partners to collect the stories of local residents around their health.
The idea of taking this story telling approach is that it allows Southwark’s residents to tell us what matters to them in terms of their health, wellbeing and experience of health services for themselves, their families and communities.
The information will inform the next Health and Wellbeing Strategy. (Read info on the current strategy here).
We will also use this engagement opportunity to gather information around our four priorities: GP Access, Accessing Mental Health Services, Sexual Health Services focussing on HIV, Social Care for people without personal budgets. Read more and get involved.

Healthwatch Southwark Board Chair and Lay Board Member Recruitment
A new opportunity has become available and we will be taking applications for the role of Healthwatch Southwark Board Chair and Lay Board Member. Applications will be accepted from residents of Southwark to work with Healthwatch Southwark’s board maintain a strategic direction for our work going forward.
If you would like to show an expression of interest, contact Alvin Kinch – Healthwatch Southwark Manager: / 020 7358 7005

Access to meetings
Southwark Council has developed a survey for residents to tell us your views on the range of health and social care services provided in the borough, particularly your experience of accessing GP surgeries and Accident & Emergency. Access to services in Southwark is varied and with increased pressure on these services it is important to have services which truly deliver for our residents. Read more and access the survey.

March 2014 public meetings: let your voice be heard
The NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body and Health and Wellbeing Board meetings are held in public which Healthwatch Supporters and members of the public can attend. Also Healthwatch Southwark also has a seat on both boards. If there is something that you think is important to say about health and social care contact the Healthwatch Team.
Find out more.

Southwark’s new London Youth Games Disability Swimming Programme
This programme is set to inspire young disabled people to achieve their potential in swimming.  It is open to young disabled swimmers who live or go to school in Southwark and are in school years five to thirteen. The individual doesn’t have to have been part of a swimming club before – a team of experienced coaches and volunteers from Dulwich Dolphins Swimming Club will be on hand. Read more.

‘My Guide is a Guide Dog’ – for people with sight loss in Southwark
‘My Guide is a Guide Dog’ involves a trained volunteer guiding a service user for a few hours a week.  They agree aims and activities in advance, for example, attending social or leisure events. During their time together the volunteer and service user identify support which can be put in place at the end of the partnership, such as other local services or friends and family members who could be trained in sighted guiding. Read more.

Every step counts – walking for heath
We’re bringing walks to you! Walking Works! Walking is for everyone. It’s free, simple and gentle on the body. You can do it wherever and whenever you like. It’s a fun way of get-ting together with other people and a healthy way to get out and about. Read more. Join today.

Local Events

Community events and training near you

Calling all supporters – Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Event | Tues 28 Jan

Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care is hosting an event  | Tues 28 January 2014, 5.30pm to 8pm at Cambridge House) to give you an opportunity to hear more about integrated care for adults, say what outcomes are important and influence future commissioning of services. To register for a place at the event email, or call 020 7525 7888. Book today.

Health and Wellbeing day at Blackfriars Settlement | Wed 29 Jan
Come and find out about healthy choices online, have some healthy food and do some healthy activities. Also find out how to get health information online with NHS Choices, no experience needed, we’ll teach you. The event is free!  Come along from 10-4, with lunch at 1.00. Everyone is welcome so please spread the word! Read more.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for beginners
REGISTER FOR THE 5 WEEK COURSE (For people recovering from mental health difficulties). These classes will cover: Photo Retouching, Colour Correction, Image Enhancing, Image Manipulation, Photoshop effect, Working with Images to produce eye catching posters, leaflets & flyers. Book today.

Patient Leadership Training | Wed 19 Feb
This free training session, by the NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, (CCG) is for all patients involved with Locality and Practice Patient Participation Groups in Southwark. This session will cover: National NHS, NHS Southwark CCG, CCG engagement structures, Roles and skills of PPG members.
Book today

Mental Health and Street Gangs’ workshop | 26 Feb
This workshop will focus on the mental health needs of young people involved in street gangs, the associated risks and how these can be assessed and managed. In order to do so we will consider what a gang is and what it means to be a member. Join us to be better equipped and informed on this challenging and important subject. Book today.


  National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

Invite Supporting family carers of people with dementia – DAA The Carers’ Call to Action

Please sign up and support the Dementia Action Alliance – The Carers’ Call to Action. DAA have 5 aims in ‘our shared vision’ to support the needs and rights for family carers. DAA will be supporting everybody, working in partnership across all organisational boundaries, to ask the right questions, explore examples of good practice and find solutions to address the needs and rights for family carers of people with dementia.
Sign up today.

Free friendship phone service for older people launched
A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched. ‘The Silver Line’ aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers. Read more.

Information for Health Professionals on Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
DWP National Partnerships – Information for Health Professionals on Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Personal Independence Payment (PIP) has replaced Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for new claims from people aged 16 to 64 from 8 April 2013. The Department for Health and Pensions want to make sure you know about PIP, how the assessment process works and the key role that the health and social care sector have to play in it by providing evidence to DWP via our assessment providers.

Read more.

Extra funding for mental health nurses at police stations and courts
An extra £25 million of funding for mental health nurses and other mental health professionals to work with police stations and courts so that people with mental health and substance misuse problems get the right treatment as quickly as possible, and which helps reduce re-offending has been announced by the Government. Read more.

Patient Data to be collected from GPs
The NHS in England is to start collecting data on patient care by GPs for the first time. Hospital data is already collected but the NHS says extending the initiative to general practice will create a fuller picture. Leaflets explaining the scheme, and how people can opt out, are being sent to 26.5 million households.
Personal details will not normally be shared outside the NHS but some approved medical researchers may have access, in some circumstances. Anyone who does not want their information used can talk to their GP and those who have questions about how the data will be used can call 0300 456 3531.

Bowel Cancer UK Over 65 research project – calling for your views and experiences
Bowel Cancer UK is running a survey to gather the views and experiences of people aged over 65 who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, as well their carers, family members and friends. This will be used to inform a report that we will be published this year which will highlight the various issues that exist for people over the age of 65 with bowel cancer.
The survey is now live, access the link here.

NHS England London Region invite to help shape commissioning – Opportunities to be involved
NHS England London Region is pleased to invite you to be a part of shaping the way we commission our directly commissioned health services. We have opportunities to participate in the following activities. Procurement Project Team Members for Redbridge & Tower Hamlets, a reading Group, a procurement Project Team. Read more

Women’s experiences of maternity care – survey results
Women’s experiences of maternity care have improved, but further progress is needed. Women’s experiences of maternity care have improved over the last three years, but progress is needed in some critical areas, the findings of a survey published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) show. Read more.
HAVE YOUR SAY…Leadership Alliance for Care of Dying People – deadline Fri 31 Jan
The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People (LACDP) is currently seeking the views of patients, families and carers, professionals and organisations as part of a planned system-wide response to the recommendations contained in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent report on the Liverpool Care Pathway. This focuses on a set of desired outcomes and guiding principles that will describe what high quality care for people should look like in the last days and hours of life. Read more and access the survey.


Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Take head injuries seriously and treat quickly, says NICE – read more.

NICE autism quality standard will help tackle ‘real variation in care’ – read more.

Preventing chronic conditions among ethnic minorities and improving access to servicesread more.

National events

The latest events from across the country

Invitation to attend Health Commission evidence hearing sessions | Mon 27 Jan

The Mayor has established the London Health Commission to improve the health of Londoners and healthcare across the capital. One of the London Health Commission’s key tasks is to gather evidence and data from Londoners and other health stakeholders such as London Boroughs, MPs, patients groups, the NHS and voluntary & community sector organisations – to really understand how health and healthcare in London can be improved for everyone’s benefit. Read more.

Train the Trainer: Breast Health Promotion course | wed 5 & Thurs 6 March
This accredited course is ideal for anyone promoting health and wellbeing messages in the community. It’s designed to give trainees the confidence and skills to cascade the breast awareness message. It includes how to be breast aware, the breast screening programme and breast cancer risk factors as well as how to help overcome barriers to accessing health service. Read more.

Medicine and Me: Living with diabetic eye disease | Fri 21 March
‘Medicine and Me’ meetings aim to provide a forum in which patients’ concerns about their illness are given top priority. The meetings provide an opportunity for patients and their families to share their experiences, to hear about the latest research and to question the experts.
These meetings bring together patients, their families, carers, advocates, patient support groups, clinicians and researchers to discuss care and research issues. Book today.

Upcoming events for patients in Southwark

Dear All,

I hope this finds you well. I wanted to make you aware or remind you of a number of engagement activities NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is holding in the next few weeks.

1.       Patient Leadership Training

Information about our Patient Leadership Training session that will be taking place on 19 February 2014 is attached to this email.

This session has been developed from comments and suggestions from patients who are involved with the Engagement and Patient Experience Committee as well as the Locality Patient Participation Groups in Southwark. This session will provide you with a clear understanding of background and contextual information about the national NHS landscape as it is now. There will also be specific focus on what NHS Southwark CCG is responsible for and the role that patients and the patient voice has in the work of the CCG and local services.

If you are interested in attending you can book a place directly or by contacting the CCG by email. We would be grateful if you could also promote this to colleagues within your groups and networks to encourage as many people as possible to attend and benefit.

NHS Southwark CCG is also planning future sessions which will be focussing on enabling people to develop specific skills involved in the effective running and conduct of patient participation groups and meetings.

2.       Improving Access to Primary Care

There will also be an engagement event, on 26 February 2014, looking at the proposals for future plans to improve access to primary care services. This event will be building on what local people have previously told us through engagement events last year which have all contributed to the development of the proposals for local services. You can book a space for this event directly or by contacting the CCG.

And lastly,

3.       What Goals and Outcomes are important to you and your family from Health and Care services?

There are still a few spaces available for this event, on Tuesday 28 January 2014. The event will be looking at shaping services across Southwark and Lambeth around what is most important for patients and their families. Your comments and contributions are needed to help make this happen. You can book a space directly or by contacting the CCG.

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Patient Leadership training – Feb 2014 – Poster

Urgent Access to Primary Care – Flyer – Feb 2014

Many thanks,

Daniel Blagdon

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


Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602

Silent Cinema launches at the ORTUS

Come and join us at the ORTUS for our inaugural Silent Cinema event on Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 6pm. This will be the first in a series which will run on the last Tuesday of every month, when we will show a variety of films, all with underlying mental health themes.

The first film in the series will be “The Soloist”; a 2009 American drama film directed by Joe Wright, and starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. The screenplay by Susannah Grant is based on the book, The Soloist by Steve Lopez. The film is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a musician who developed schizophrenia and became homeless.


Tickets are £5 and cover the cost of a hot drink and a cake from the cafe at the ORTUS. Just don’t forget your headphones!

If you don’t have your own headphones, no problem! We’re selling tickets with headphones for £9.

Spaces are limited and available on a first come first served basis, so you must pre-book. Book here

Please make sure you arrive with enough time to grab your drink and cake from the cafe! The film begins at 6pm and the cafe will close at this time.