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