Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter

Hello Healthwatch Supporter!It’s been a busy few weeks and we’ve been enjoying glimpses of the summer sunshine.

BrowseAloud Webinar – Mon 14 July
If you would like to know more about how to use the BrowseAloud help tool on our website please do join this webinar. The BrowseAloud tool can translate web content into langauges of your choice, it can enlarge the font size, it can also read out the content to you and lots more! Book on the webinar today
You can also see instructions on our website here.

New printed newsletter!
Have you seen our printed newsletter? Jo, Sec-Chan and Chip did a big mail-out to GP surgeries, community centres, citizens advice bureaus, libraries and tenants and residents associations – we are pleased to say we survived with no paper cuts sustained!

Community focus groups
Sec-Chan and Chip have been running community focus groups, recently we visited the Bengali and the Somali Women’s Groups which went really well.  Do you want us to visit you?  Please do get in touch if so.

A sad goodbye but a big thank you – to Samuel who was on placement with us from London Southbank University as part of his MSc in International Health Services and Hospital Management.  Inspired by our work, he hopes to establish a Patient and Public Engagement unit at Komfo Anokye teaching hospital in Ghana where he is employed. We wish him the best of luck and will be on hand to help in any way we can.

Until next time, enjoy Sunny Southwark!

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo



Representation Update

Representation update

This is our latest general Healthwatch Southwark update, read it here

Local News

Local news from across the community

How are we doing?  – Reminder deadline – Friday 11th July at 5pm.
Target: HW Supporters, Southwark Residents, Service-User Groups
Healthwatch Southwark is carrying out a survey to review our performance during the first year. We would really appreciate if you could take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. This will help us know the areas we are doing well in, what we should improve on and what you would like to see more of.  Click here. Many thanks in advance for your time.Any queries, please contact info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk Alvin, Sec-Chan and Chip
The Healthwatch Team.

Have you ever considered becoming a Trust Governor?
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding elections for 8 public governors (4 from Lambeth and 4 from Southwark) and 6 patient governors to its Council of Governors. This is your chance to join King’s Council of Governors to represent the interests of members and to ensure you have a say in the development of your Trust. If you are interested in becoming a governor, all you have to do is complete a nomination form by 09 July 2014. If you are not interested in becoming a governor, remember you can also have your say by voting for your preferred candidate. Read more.

Strength and balance classes for falls prevention
What are the Strength & Balance classes?
Led by trained instructors, the classes follow a program of specifi c exercises designed to improve your strength, balance and confi dence when walking. The classes are for Lambeth and Southwark residents who have had a fall or are worried about falling, but continue to get out and about locally. You will need to get to the classes yourself. They run once a week for one hour and are available at convenient locations across Lambeth and Southwark. Join a class.

Ausism to Autism service
Supporting and Placing Adults from Southwark with ASC in Voluntary Placements. Resources for Autism are actively recruiting adults (aged 18+) with High Functioning Autism or Aspergers to work in voluntary positions. Some individuals may not be able to obtain paid employment due to a mental health condition(s) or anxiety –The Autism to Autism Service offers you the opportunity to do something that is exciting, fulfilling and a great experience, without the added pressure that paid work can bring. Read more.

GP Access – London Assembly wants your views
We have been contacted by London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, Valerie Shawcross, to ask you for your views as Southwark residents on accessing your GP.  Our neighbours in Lambeth are also being asked for their experiences. Here is the link to the survey…do take some time to complete it.

Carers Focus Group in London
Beat (beating eating disorders) are currently running an e-mentoring project called the Transitions Project, which provides free support to young people aged 16-25 years, who are experiencing difficult life transitions, have experience of an eating disorder and live in London.
As part of the Transitions project, Beat are looking into the experiences of Carers and families supporting relatives during times of transition, to explore and inform how we can provide better support. Beat invite London-based Carers to join a focus group in London to discuss these issues. To share your experiences please contact Project Officer Sarah Ajayi on 01603 753310 or email transitions@b-eat.co.uk


Local Events

Community events and training near you

Stroke Club – Starts 6 July
Posted June 25, 2014 by Jo Palmer & filed under News.
Have you had a stroke? Need more support? Worried about your health? Come along…the stroke club starts on Friday July 4th. It will be a ‘Fact finding day’, and an opportunity for you to tell us what you want. Activities include: Art and Crafts Games, Quizzes, Yoga with Jenny Massage,  manicure or pedicure with Marva, Discussions & more Light refreshments. Book today.

Free training sessions for Southwark Patients & residents | 16 & 23 July
PPG Member Training: The role of Patients in shaping the NHS – this training session 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 and Roles and skills of PPG members. Skills for successful meetings – this session will cover: Speaking up effectively in groups, Representing the views of others, How to influence agendas, Chairing a meeting and Dealing with difficult behaviour. Book today.

Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham Sexual Health Strategy Consultations | Game Changing in mental health | 17 July
This one day conference is designed to get the sports industry talking in greater detail about the importance of both mental health and building the mental resilience that professional athletes require in order to excel in their careers and beyond.
It will be of particular interest to coaches, medical professionals, player welfare officers and others involved in player welfare and performance in sport. Book today.

Understanding Eating Disorders Training | 12 Sept
The much sought after ‘Understanding Eating Disorders’ training developed by Beat will be running this autumn in London (12th September 2014) and Birmingham (21st November 2014). The training helps professionals identify eating disorders and provide treatment, care and support to those affected. Our trainers are sensitive to the needs of various group and will tailor the content accordingly. The training is interactive and comprehensive, it is a full-day training course, from 9.30-4.30#which includes lunch and CPD certification. Book today.


National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news


NHS failures led to death of young boy
A three year-old boy died from a treatable condition because four separate NHS organisations made repeated mistakes in his treatment.
The family of Sam Morrish suffered a further injustice because the Primary Care Trust (PCT), NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Cluster, failed to fully investigate the little boy’s death. Sam died from severe sepsis poisoning in December 2010.
An investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, published today upheld all of the family’s complaints. Read more.

Head Meds – spread the word!
Straight talk on mental health medication. HeadMeds is a new website, developed by YoungMinds, to provide young people with accessible, useful information about mental health medication. HeadMeds has been developed by pharmacology experts and young people, and has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. HeadMeds provides answers to some of the difficult questions young people may have about their medication but feel uncomfortable asking their GP, such as ‘Will it affect my sex life?’ or ‘Can I drink with this medication?’. Read more.

Patient transport survey

Do you know someone who has used patient transport in the past 2 years? Transport for London have just launched their new campaign. Sick of Waiting! is the campaign for reliable, accessible patient transport for everyone who needs it. They want to hear stories from patient transport users. Please help them to promote the campaign survey – it takes just 5 minutes to fill in. Also please:

  • forward this email and the link to the online survey to anyone who may be concerned by patient transport
  • promote the survey on your facebook page, or at meetings and events

Access the survey here.


Engagement Manager post: Tower Hamlets Clinical commissioning Group (CCG) 

This is Engagement Manager post is a 1 year fixed term contract. Tower Hamlets CCG are currently recruiting for an Engagement Manager on a 1 year fixed term contract (this is a maternity cover post). Find out more on their website and apply today.


Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Spine-straightening device approved by NICE
A device that can straighten and lengthen curved spines in children, and reduce the need for repeat surgery, has been green-lit by NICE under new guidance – read more.

People with HIV must receive earlier diagnoses
Ensuring that people with HIV receive earlier diagnoses will reduce transmission and prevent thousands of further cases, according to NICE read more.

Thousands of strokes and deaths preventable from ‘silent killer’
Thousands of strokes and deaths due to atrial fibrillation could be prevented each year by ensuring patients receive effective anticoagulant drugs, according to updated guidance from NICE read more.

You can find out more information on the NICE website:

National events

Latest events from across the country

Accredited Support Brokerage | July dates
NBN Training in London. The gateway to membership of the London Brokerage Network
Support brokers are your independent guides to make sure you can live the life of your choice if you are a disabled person. When? A 5-day course, spread over the following dates:
2nd, 9th, 16th, 17th and 23rd July 2014
Where? Haringey Irish Cultural and Community Centre Tottenham, London N17. Who? People with a disability who plan their own support; professionals, groups or organisations with an interest in brokerage; paid and unpaid brokers. Book today.

Health Inequalities in London: Seeking joint solutions for better health outcomes | 29 Nov
LVSC’s seminar will address some of the key health inequality challenges facing London and look at opportunities and joint solutions to reduce them. Key themes will include housing; access to health and social care services; poverty & deprivation; employment and health and mental health and others. The event also aims to feed into the Mayor’s London Health Inequality Strategy, which is being refreshed. A steering group to plan the event will be set up in the next week.
For more information and to register visit LVSC’s website here.

Six Day Sleep Counselor Training | Nov 2014
This training is for professionals working with children or young people with additional support needs, such as teachers, social workers, doctors, health visitors, CAMHS and Learning Disability CAMHS workers, psychologists and specialist nurses.
Participants will gain a comprehensive knowledge of sleep processes and understand the problems that children with a wide range of physical, learning & sensory disabilities may face. Participants will also be trained in how to run a sleep clinic and how to support families using cognitive and behavioural techniques, in line with GIRFEC principles. Book today.


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