Shaping health services in south east London

The NHS has six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south east London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark).  They are working together with commissioning leads from NHS England – London, and in close partnership with local authorities, hospitals, community health services, mental health services, patients, carers and local people on a five year strategy to improve health services across south east London. We are inviting people who live or work in south east London to apply to join our patient and public voices, who are at the centre of shaping and informing this clinically-driven strategy for local health services with us.

There are opportunities to join one of the groups working on planned health care, maternity services, children and young people, long term conditions – physical and mental health, primary and community care, cancer, and urgent and emergency care.  Or to work with one of our strategic (planning) groups – Partnership Group, Clinical Executive Group or Clinical Commissioning Board –  providing overall governance and direction for the local health strategy. All these groups meet regularly at central London venues and usually during daytime working hours.

We are particularly keen to hear from people who can bring the perspective from south east London’s communities whose voices are seldom heard in healthcare planning, and people who can contribute our strong commitment to equalities and diversity.

If you are interested in knowing more about any of these roles, please contact Laura Luckhurst on 0203 049 9916 or e-mail

The deadline for completed applications is 5 pm on Friday 27th June 2014. 

Via Matthew

Healthwatch Lewisham: Your Voice Counts

Reference Group Meeting

Tuesday, 3 June, 2014 from 6-8pm, Civic Suite, Catford


Robin Burgess from NHS England will be explaining what is and how changes in how our data is handled affect us.

Mental Health

We will be asking you about your experiences of Lewisham’s Mental Health services and how can they be improved. The team will be talking about issues arising from our engagement such as the discharge process; CAMHS, older people’s services and access to services for homeless people.

The Health and Wellbeing Board

Find out what it’s all about and let us know what issues you would like Healthwatch to take to the Board.


Welcome and introductions

6.15pm – What is it? Can you opt-out, opt in or consent?

6.45pm Your views on Mental Health services in Lewisham

7.30pm – Health and Wellbeing Board Update

8pm – Close

For more information please call 020 7998 7796 or email

Email: or call 020 7998 7796 for more details.

We hope you can make it!

Thank you,

Healthwatch Lewisham

Via Matthew

Are you interested in acting? Or being a part of the new Bethlem museum?

The Bethlem museum are looking for up to 30 people to help them with a short filming project about the different reasons people have visited Bethlem Hospital, both historically and today.   They have sourced quotes to be voiced and each person will be asked to remember a couple of short sentences to be filmed.

Filming will take place at Bethlem Royal Hospital on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July and you would need to be available for approximately half a day.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please email to register your interest or for more information. No previous acting experience necessary.


Via Mathew

Mon 2 June at The Dragon Café

An Oasis of Calm springs to life this Monday
In June we will be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety 2014 Festival, and creating a place of calm contemplation away from the often anxious world we live in. Random Acts of Mindfulness between 1 – 4 pm and SoundWorks at 4.30 pm – which will introduce us to singing bowls – are just two of the many activities throughout the day, as we also celebrate the start of Creativity and Wellbeing Week (2-11 June). Regular groups will continue and we shall also engage with the festival’s theme in the first part of our Anxiety Dialogues at 6.30 pm. Take your mind and body to a place of peace.


Call for Artists : Exhibiting Artist wanted at Mental Fightclub/Dragon Cafe

The Dragon Cafe is an arts and events venue and cafe in Borough SE1. We regularly hold exhibitions by visual artists (2D only) and are looking for new artists to exhibit in the space for 4 consecutive weeks. There is no charge for exhibiting, however, all sold works are subject to 20% commission. We are open on Mondays only, 12- 8.30pm. We ask that all exhibiting artists be sympathetic to our ethos.

To apply please send images of your work, a cv or link to your website to

Via Matthew

Free Creative Workshops from May 2014

Would you like to take part in a free CoolTan workshop? We have an exciting new programme of 12 week workshops starting from May 2014.

Come along, gain new skills, meet new people and explore your creative side. Friendly and relaxed environment, with small groups and professional tutors.

**Book your place now**
For more info speak to Olivia in the CoolTan office, call 020 7701 2696 or email
Workshops are open to people 18+ who are unemployed with experience of mental distress (self defined), who are not receiving a Personal Budget.


Art – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th.
Empower yourself through creativity with our unique art workshop. Experiment with different themes and styles, and  explore various art techniques, such as acrylic, watercolours, charcoal etc. Meet like minded people in this small friendly group with a professional and supportive tutor. Suitable for all levels. Embrace the opportunity to exhibit in CoolTan and beyond!

Film – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th.
Learn how to do your own film-making and editing. Use some of the latest cameras and sound microphones to make your own creative piece of work for internet or DVD. Along the way you will gain a good working knowledge of the Final Cut Pro editing programme. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

Creative Writing – Wednesdays 11-1pm – Start May 14th.
Explore techniques, find inspiration and learn how structure your writing to make it exciting and engaging. Come along, learn, create and enjoy!

Textiles – Thursdays 2-4pm – Start May 15th.
Learn how to make your own piece of clothing, from creating a design to pattern cutting to making up your finished piece. Gain skills in batik, embroidery and beading. Suitable for beginners as well as those who want to build on existing skills.

Photoshop – Thursdays 11-1pm – Start May 15th.
Edit and retouch your photography to a professional standard. Learn how to cut out and combine images. Use layers, filters, text and drawing tools to create artistic effects. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

With thanks to our funders: Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund

Spaces available – Developing the patient voice in Southwark


I hope that this finds you well.

There are spaces available at our upcoming event on Tuesday 3 June, 6- 8pm at Cambridge House (SE5 0HF) which is for local people and GP staff, as part of National Patient Participation Group week (2 – 7 June).

This event will be an interactive and practical session for patients and practice staff. So, if you are involved in a patient group, would like to be, or simply want to find out more about raising the patient voice in Southwark come along and join us.

At the event we will be recognising the contributions local people make to their GP practice and patient groups, share examples of the good work that is happening and provide top tips to help continue to develop patient groups in the borough.

If you have any examples of good patient engagement with local practices that you want to be able to share at the event then please do get in touch and let us know. You can book your place directly online, or by calling 020 7525 7888. You can also see details on our public website as part of the get involved pages.

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

The best possible health outcomes for Southwark people


Healthwatch Lewisham are supporting a piece of work to promote good community health care

People do have stories of brilliant health care, extraordinary kindness or fantastic support and we would like to learn from these stories and share best practice. They would like to know when healthcare outside of the hospital made a positive difference to you and what made the difference. This may include different services working together including hospital and community health services. Excellent community health care includes support for service users, families, neighbours and communities to work together to keep healthy and manage illness.

If you have a story you are willing to share (it can be given anonymously) about healthcare outside of hospital and how this made a big difference to you, please call us (020 7998 7796) or email them at so they can listen to your story or arrange a time to call you. Alternatively you can send your stories to the, electronically via this

Via Matthew

Carers Week 2014

On Friday 13th, Carers Week 2014,  will focus on raising the awareness and identification of young carers and encouraging all services, schools and colleges to do some kind of activity related to young carers, perhaps a lesson, an assembly or another awareness raising activity.The #YCpic Challenge for individuals, classes, schools, colleges, youth groups …everyone!

‘Be creative, have fun and raise awareness of young carers’

During Carers Week, or before Carers Week, get creative and SNAP a photo of the letters ‘YC’. Create your YC image in any way you like…it could be made from:

•    beans on a plate?

•    chairs in a classroom?

•    flowers in a field!

Let your imagination flow! Then share your images on social media. Tweet images using the hastags #YCpic  #carersweek  #youngcarersday

We will grab as many images as we can and upload on the Carers Week Pintrest Board.

Via Matthew


HearUs Open Forum meeting – Tuesday 6th May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attended the HearUs Open Forum meeting on Tuesday 6th May 2014.

This month’s guest presenters were Peter from Mind in Croydon, Sarah Mines from the Untapped Theatre Company, Dr Constantina Papoulias from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, KCL , Georgina Boon, Dr Joseph Rodrigues and Dietitian specialist Deborah Thompson.

Matthew has done a great video blog about this event.  It includes a lot of information about medication and diet – and much more….


You can also view photos of the event here:

Invitation to our stakeholder engagement events in June 2014

We would like to invite you as local stakeholders to share your views on health services in south east London.

South East London Five Year Commissioning Strategy

The six NHS organisations (Clinical Commissioning Groups – or CCGs) in south east London with the job of planning and buying local healthcare services, are working in close partnership with local councils, NHS hospitals, mental health and community service providers and with local people, patients and other key stakeholders to develop a new five year commissioning strategy for health services across south east London.

The aim of the strategy is to improve health services for everyone in the London boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. The strategy will address those issues that cannot be solved by one area alone or where there is more that can be achieved by working together.

Event details:

As part of the wider engagement across south east London, we are holding two engagement events in early June 2014. The events will be independently facilitated. In addition to learning more about the partners’ shared emerging vision for local healthcare services, you will have the opportunity to help shape the strategy across seven key areas:

Urgent and emergency care

Primary and community care


Children and young people

Integrated care for physical and mental health

Planned care


Feedback from the events will be independently analysed and used to inform how we develop the strategy further and published as part of our engagement feedback on the CCGs’ websites.

Time and location:

You are invited to attend one of the engagement events – please click on the link below to make an online booking:

Tuesday 03 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm

Park Plaza, Victoria

239 Vauxhall Bridge Road

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Wednesday 18 June 2014, 1.30pm arrival for a 2pm start to 5pm

Charlton FC, Greenwich

The Valley, Floyd Road


Sign up

Each event will have capacity for up to 100 participants. Please RSVP for the event on the date of your choice by 27 May 2014. Please note that attendance at these events is on a first come first served basis and we will ensure there is a balance of representatives from across the boroughs. If we have reached our booked capacity, we will add you to a waiting list.

Thank you in advance for your interest. We hope that you will be able to prioritise your attendance as we are keen to ensure that your views continue to be heard as a vital part of developing the strategy.

If you have any questions, please contact Ingrid Prikken via email or call 0207 239 7828.

Kind regards,

Caroline Taylor

Programme Director

South East London Commissioning Strategy

Via Matthew

Healthy Cook and Eat course

Hello again everyone. Do you or does anyone you know…

…want to gain some independent living skills by learning to cook?  Want to improve your wellbeing by eating more healthily?  Why not do both at once by coming along to the Blackfriars Settlement Mental Health and Wellbeing Healthy Cook and Eat course.

Next course starts June 4th 2014 every Wednesday for 8 weeks.

Please read the attached details of what skills you will achieve.  For people in recovery from mental health problems.

June 2014


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

Find out more about what we can do for you:

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Four in Ten Steering Group Thursday 29 May 12pm to 1.30pm at 113 Denmark Hill Conference Room

Hello everyone,

A quick reminder about the next Four in Ten Steering Group on Thursday 29 May from 12pm to 1.30pm at 113 Denmark Hill.

Main agenda items will focus on updates on our complaints leaflet, initial findings from the Staff BASK survey and feedback from service users. I will send out minutes of the last meeting, along with agenda early next week, but for now, please find attached:

April to June Programme for Four in Ten Peer Support Group: 2014 April to June

Poster for Four in Ten Peer Support Group: Four in Ten Poster 2013

It would be great if you could circulate these widely, print off and pin to notice boards in services, and make available to service users.

I am also attaching,

A flyer for SLaM Equalities Partnership Time event on Thursday 5 June from 1pm to 5.30pm at ORTUS – it’s a fantastic opportunity for service users to get involved in conversations about equalities issues at SLaM: SLaM Equality Partnership Time Event Flyer – Thursday 5th June 2014

A presentation of slides from Katherine Rimes on an investigation LGB service users of Southwark Psychological Service which was discussed at our March Steering Group: LGB SPTS Audit – Powerpoint Presentation 24 03 2014 KR

I hope you all have a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Thanks Peter

Peter Vittles

4 in 10 Project Coordinator

(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

The Metro Centre Ltd

N106 Westminster Business Square

1-45 Durham Street


SE11 5JH

Tel : 020 8305 5000

Mob: 07711 376 258

Fax: 020 8305 5001


Peer Support IPTT Flyer

Peer Support IPTT Flyer

Monday 26th May at The Dragon Cafe

Explore the treasures of the Thames in Writing, Poetry and Archaeology

In our final week of Ebb & Flow we get the chance to explore our city’s river in many ways. Express yourself and develop your writing skills with WritingWorks at 12pmPlaywritingWorks at 2pm and PoetryWorks at 3pm. Consider the movement of the river with a special chance to try the Nia Technique in DanceWorks at 4pm, and reflect on calmness in a busy world with the final MindWorks session in this series at 5pm. In the evening local archaeologist Fiona Haughey will introduce us to Bankside Archaeology at 7pm. Join us to discover what the banks of our River Thames can reveal to us about the past and our neighbours from long ago.

DC Programme- Monday 26 May 2014