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I am emailing to let you know about our work to develop & improve services for personality disorder within South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
There will be a briefing event for anyone who is interested on 16th May at the ORTUS Learning Centre – poster attached.
Please circulate this information as you think appropriate.
To book your place contact Sandra Rutland – details on the poster.
With best wishes,
Patient & Public Involvement Lead – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 020 3228 0959
113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ
Matthew Mckenzie has done a video to raise awareness about depression for this important week.
It is very informative and well worth a watch.
Thank you for doing this Matthew.
Myhealthlocker is an online health record which is managed by YOU, the service user. This means that you can monitor your own health online. Myhealthlocker also contains resources like useful contact numbers, and tools to help with psychosis.
Myhealthlocker is still young and is improving all the time. But we need more people to use myhealthlocker and then give their views on it. Myhealthlocker is likely to be introduced across SLaM, and so this is an opportunity to shape the end product.
There are also some paid opportunities available to test other electronic devices and applications.
If you are interested in finding out more please contact a member of the myhealthlocker team:
Tel: 020 3228 3875
Or you can follow us on Twitter @myhealthlocker
Are you interested in research? Do you want to help improve research opportunities within the Trust?Posted: April 28, 2014
Over the last two years, we at the Biomedical Research Centre (a partnership between SLaM and the Institute of Psychiatry) have been trying to make it easier for service users to find out about (and participate in) research.
We want to know how well we’ve done, so we are running a brief evaluation exercise across the Trust.
We are looking for service users to help us find out how much people know about research opportunities across the Trust. Participants will be compensated for their time (a fee of £15). This is a brief, one-time activity and all participants will receive detailed feedback. We will also let you know what improvements we will be making as a result of this activity.
We wish to hear from people who:
· Are currently using SLaM services
· Have a diagnosis of psychosis
If interested, please contact Konstantina Papoulia at the Institute of Psychiatry (tel: 02078480749; email: email@example.com)