Healthwatch Southwark enewsletter 7 Feb 2014

Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
Hello Supporter!We have lots of events and activities happening as the new year gets into full swing.

Healthwatch Southwark 1000 Lives events 

  • As part of the 1000 Lives engagement there will be two public events to share your story on Wed 12 Feb 11am – 5pm at the Thames Reach Employment Academy, 29 Peckham Road, SE5 8UA
  • and Tuesday 25 Feb 11am – 5pm at Inspire The Crypt at St Peters, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH

Healthwatch Southwark’s Public Forum – early March
Our next event on the 12th will focus on the experience of BAME groups accessing services in Southwark. Tell us what ideas would you like to put forward, what groups want to play a part in this and what issues should be considered when planning this event to support this community well to participate.
Contact us via /
020 7358 7256.

What events do you have coming up?
Healthwatch Southwark and our Supporters want to know what public events you are planning, we want to get involved too! – Tell what you have coming up in the next few weeks / months so we can let our networks know: / 020 7358 7256.

Best wishes,

The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo

Local News

Local news from across the community

Recent mother? Interested in being part of a patient committee to review a new protocol for mothers who undergo an elective caesarean – called an Enhanced Recovery Programme?

King’s College Hospital are conducting a research study on patients who will have an elective caesarean to see if enhanced recovery compared to normal recovery practice makes any difference to maternal satisfaction and care and costs. They are looking for patient and public representative to join a committee, to comment and review the protocol. If interested, please contact for more info.

New Older Adults Southwark Wellbeing Group For 65+

WPF Therapy are currently taking referrals for, this new wellbeing group. The group is for Southwark and will be run at WPF Therapy (London Bridge) on Monday mornings. We hope to start this exciting pilot project at the end of February. The groups (closed groups) will run for 10 weeks and will consist of themed sessions.  WPF Therapy will be running three groups and are currently taking referrals for the first group. We accept referrals from agencies / professionals and also self-referrals. Read more.

March 2014 public meetings: let your voice be heard
The NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Board Governing Body and Health and Wellbeing Board meetings are meeting 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.
The next meetings will be:

  • NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Board Governing Body | 13 March 2014, 2-5.30pm, Tooley Street
  • Health and Wellbeing Board meetings | 24 March, 3-5pm, Room G01C, Tooley Street.

Find out more

Did you know about the Disability sports clubs in Southwark? 
These are weekly sport and physical activity sessions in Southwark for disabled people. Find out more about regular classes happening in your local area here.

Southwark Health and Wellbeing Board have a Blog for 1000 Lives – they want to hear your voice
Share your story on here and help to improve wellbeing in Southwark. We work together to make sure the people of Southwark are feeling as well and fit as possible. Access it here.

Helping over-50s return to work or take up self-employment
ROPES is a ‘train the trainers’ project which aims to extend the availability of quality information, advice and support to older people (aged 50+) seeking work by encouraging and supporting more organisations to assist older working age adults (50+) get the empathetic support they need to re-enter employment or become self-employed. Read more.

Access to Health Services in Southwark – Survey
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.

Local Events

Community events and training near you

Self Advocacy Skills Training at CoolTan Arts | Feb 2014
CoolTan Arts are running a number of free self advocacy skills training workshops between the 11th and the 25th Feb. These include:  Understanding the Mental Health Act, The Five Ways to Wellbeing – Promoting Health and Wellbeing and What is Personalisation? How does it affect me/ my rights. 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.

Want to be involved in your GP practice & Clinical Commissioning Group work?
NHS Southwark CCG will be running a series of training sessions over the coming weeks for local people who are or want to be involved in the work of their GP practice and the Clinical Commissioning Group:

The patient role in shaping the NHS | Wed 19 Feb

If you are involved with your GP practice (or want to be) and want to understand about how the NHS in Southwark is working to involve patients and how to be part of it, join this session. Hear about national and local structures and how the patient voice is involved in developing local services. Read more

Skills for successful meetings | 25 Feb & 26 March
To help patients enhance their skills and confidence about participating in groups and meetings we are running this session (same session on two different dates). If you are involved with your local practice (or want to be) this session can help you to develop skills to have productive meetings. Read more.

SCYSS Forum and  Sickle Cell Know the Basics event

Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors course – Sickle Cell Know the Basics | Sat 22 Feb

This course introduces the participants to the basics of sickle cell disease. It looks at how it is inherited, its symptoms and its effects on children and young people.

SCYSS Parents/Carers Forum | Sat 28 Feb
Join us to socialize, share our experiences and explore how hospitals can improve access to scanning services.
Read more and register on these events

Mental Health and Street Gangs’ workshop | Thurs 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.

Can’t see a GP or nurse when you need to? | Thurs 26 Feb

Help NHS Southwark CCG to improve access to urgent care across the borough. Join us to discuss plans for these services and share your opinions. This event on the 26 February will build on previous conversations with local people and help to  further develop plans for the future. Book your place.

Mental Health Act event for service users and carers | Thurs 13 March
South London and Maudsley and NHS Foundation Trust are running this event. The event will: jargon bust the MHA, Untangle the maze of confidentiality, grasp the nearest relative role, understand the sectioning process, learn how to secure patient rights.
To book contact Bob Lepper on 020 32282588 or email Read more

Patient Leadership Training | Wed 19 Feb
First in a series of sessions for patients who are involved in their Patient Participation Group’s at their GP practice.  Get in the know of and book your FREE place here.


National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

HAVE YOUR SAY…Leadership Alliance for Care of Dying People – deadline Fri 31 Jan

LACDP is 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 be in the last days/ hours of life. Read more and access the survey.


Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Take Have your say on a vision for an enhanced BNF – Read more.

First NICE Medtech Innovation Briefings published – Read more.

Preventing chronic conditions among ethnic minorities and improving access to services – guidelines published – Read them here.

National events

Latest events from across the country

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.

Register today for your ticket to attend the NICE Annual Conference | 13-14 May
The NICE annual conference is being held from the 13-14 May in the ICC in Birmingham. There is an early bird price offer if you book your place before the 14th March. Read more.


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