Healthwatch Southwark – enewsletter 10 April 2014Posted: April 11, 2014 | |
|Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter|
|Hello Healthwatch Supporter!As always we have been busy talking with local residents and have attended some interesting events in the recent weeks.
We delivered our first joint event with Healthwatch Lambeth as part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Patient and Public Engagement strategy and attended the Clinical Commissioning Group’s ‘Talking about Talking Therapy’ looking at improving access to services in Southwark. Both events were well attended, you will hear more from us about the outcomes and we look forward to informing you of other opportunities to have your say.
Enjoy this edition of our newsletter as well as some of the welcomed sunshine we are having!
Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo
Alvin: Representation update
As usual, my role in representing Healthwatch Southwark at a variety of boards and meetings has been very busy over the last few weeks. Time has flown since writing my last report which you can find here here. I am very pleased that we have two new active representatives David Cooper and Chipo Maendesa who have undertaken their induction as volunteers, both are Southwark residents. From Feb David has been attending the NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Primary and Community Care Strategy Steering Group and Chipo attends the South London Public Health Collaborative Community Involvement Steering Group.
During March & April so far I have attended several meetings which are listed below. This gives a snapshot but please contact me if you’d like to know more.
Visit to King’s College Hospital Accident and Emergency Department- NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as part of their commitment to improving the quality of services invited Healthwatch to contribute to the preparation and attend the visit on 7th March. This gave me an opportunity to ask about the provision for people with Mental Health care needs as several of our Supporters had raised their concerns about the issue.
Visit to Marjorie Warren ward at King’s College Hospital organised by the CCG- our volunteer David Cooper went with CCG staff and Lay member Richard Gibbs to visit on 25th March. This is a ward for frail older people including those with dementia and delirium.
CCG Integrated Governance and Performance Committee on 27 March, the committee took a deep look into the performance and other issues within the 3 NHS Trusts in our boroughs.
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Patient and Public Engagement- Healthwatch Lambeth and Southwark organised a joint meeting last night for local people to contribute to the development of their Patient and Public Engagement Strategy.
During this month I will be meeting with Charmaine Binns from Mencap Lambeth who also supports people with learning disabilities in Southwark and Natasha Beckett who is the manager at Voiceability responsible for managing the NHS Complaints Advocacy service in Southwark as well as other boroughs. If you would like to meet and talk about your community’s health and social care needs and experience get in touch.
Till the next time!
Alvin Kinch, Healthwatch Southwark Manager
Local news from across the community
Top Training sessions for local people and Patient Participation Group (PPG) members
What did the sessions cover?
Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group achievements over the last year – by Dr Amr Zeineldine
“Since I started this job I have seen many improvements in the way the NHS works. As we approach our first birthday, I wanted to share some of our key achievements over the past year. We’ve been busy looking at how we can make health services in Southwark better. We’ve been redesigning primary and community services – these are the services you receive outside major hospitals like King’s and St Thomas”.
“Primary care’ is the advice and treatment you receive from your local GP, practice nurse, pharmacist or dentist. We call the health services you receive close to your home or in your home ‘community care’…” Read the rest.
Sexual health promotion training brochure is available
Do you have a health & wellbeing service you’d like to run in a local pop-up shop?
Citizens Advice Fit for Work Campaign
Community events and training near you
Meet & Greet Event – for blind and partially sighted people | Wed 23 April
CoolTan Arts have lots of great Self-Advocacy training coming up | April 2014
Call to recruit mental health service users and carers!
Patient Involvement Event | 21 June
SLaM Recovery College Spring/Summer 2014 Prospectus and Website
Keeping you up-to-date with national news
Consultation on changes to specialised services specifications
All 14 service specifications have already been subject to consultation, however, we are now consulting on changes made to those documents. All amendments made are clearly marked on the individual documents and have already been tested with stakeholders who felt the changes to the documents proposed were significant enough to warrant further consultation.
Navca asks Healthwatch England to make sure local health and wellbeing boards include the voluntary sector
The recommendation is made in Navca’s response to Healthwatch England’s Consultation on rights & responsibilities and our strategy, which closes today. Read more.
How to enhance your mental health
Find something you enjoy, such as walking, swimming, cycling, yoga or dancing. Try to keep going even if you don’t feel like it at first. You’ll be glad you did. Walking is free and you can often join local groups free of charge: ask at your local library.
Recent NICE published guidance
NICE guidance and updates
Limit spread of blood-borne viruses among steroid users
Needle and syringe programmes should support the growing number of image and performance enhancing drug users so they can be offered sterile equipment to reduce the spread of blood-borne viruses and infections from contaminated needles – Read more
NICE seeks views on how it assesses drugs and other technologies for the NHS
Simple test to help diagnose and manage asthma
You can find out more information on the NICE website:
Latest events from across the country
New Dance & Storytelling Project for adults, youth & families | Sat 12 April
FREE friendly & fun taster workshops:
National Stop Snoring Week! | April 28- 3 May
Discover how you can successfully stop snoring. Our snore tests will help you establish what kind of snorer you are and recommend appropriate treatments. Read more.