Why people leave hospitals without consent

I am looking for information about why people leave hospitals without consent, or as nurses and doctors call it going AWOL or absconding, as part of a project to reduce the number of people absconding from inpatient services.  I would like to hear from people who people who have recently (within the last 2 years) been admitted to an inpatient wards and absconded from the ward during their admission.   I would appreciate it if individual staff or services were not mentioned in your responses.  The information gained from your experiences will to help develop training for inpatient teams.  I would be grateful if you could answer the following 3 questions

  1. Why did you  leave the ward without consent from the nurses or doctor?
  2. Where did you go & what did you do whilst you were off the ward?
  3. Was there anything that the ward team (Drs, nurses, OTs etc.) could have done differently in the days or hours before you left that meant you would have stayed on the ward?

Please respond to Polly.Ragoobar@slam.nhs.uk by 29th August.

Run, walk or stroll for South London and Maudsley

Do you love running or know someone who does?

We’re looking for people to run, jog or stroll for South London and Maudsley, and help us to provide even more world class care that goes above and beyond. Whatever your level of fitness, we’ve got two great upcoming events that you can take part in.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, 13.1 miles – Sunday 12 October. *Registration closes Wednesday 20 August*

This is one of the most scenic half marathons in the running calendar, taking in some of the best sights of central London. Check out the photos from 2013.

Visit our website for more information. Or, sign up today for just £50, and try to raise £400.

Or, if you’re not ready for a half marathon but still want to get involved, please join us at the first ever Kia Oval 5k Fun Run on Saturday 13 September. Whether you love to run or prefer to stroll, we’re inviting everyone to the official test ground for the England Cricket Team. Visit our website to register and for more information.

*Early bird registration closes Wednesday 13 August and under 16s take part for FREE!*

Do you know someone who’d like to take part in either of these events? If so, please forward this email on. Our events are open to everyone!

With best wishes,

Paul Munro
Events Manager
020 7848 7431

Participation Bulletin Issue 5

Dear All,

Please see attached the latest version of the Opportunities Bulletin from NHS England (London) outlining a number of focus groups that are taking place across London about GP services.  If you are interested in attending one of the focus groups please contact Selina Frater directly.

Participation Bulletin Issue 5.v2

Many thanks

Rosemary Watts

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

Email: souccg.southwark-ccg@nhs.net

Reminder: Then What? Healthwatch Lewisham launches local inquiry into discharge processes

At Healthwatch Lewisham we ask people to share their experiences about health and social care services. Currently we are focusing on people’s experiences of leaving hospital or a community care service; we call this the discharge process. We would like to gather feedback from as many people as possible to understand what works and what doesn’t in the discharge process.

If you have an experience that you could tell us about or know or work with someone who does please take a few minutes to complete this important online survey. We can provide paper copies wherever needed.

The survey is anonymous and we will not publish any information to identify you. The combined findings will be shared with managers and commissioners of health and care services in order to improve services in Lewisham. Our findings will contribute towards a national inquiry being run by Healthwatch England who are carrying out a national inquiry into unsafe discharge processes.

If you would prefer to write to us, would like to request a paper copy or prefer to tell your experience over the phone or face-to-face please email info@healthwatchlewisham.co.uk or call our office on 0207 998 7796.

In addition to the above survey, Healthwatch Lewisham will be undertaking Enter and View Visits and interviews. We also plan to hold a focus group on the topic. Please contact us if you would like to get involved or can support us in this inquiry. Please share this email and information widely with your contacts.

The Deadline for completing the survey is Wednesday the 9th of July.

Click here to go to the survey.

For more information about Healthwatch Lewisham go to our website: www.healthwatchlewisham.co.uk


Our wonderful social networking volunteer, James, left us as he secured paid work in marketing (that’s the 2nd one)

Do you know anyone who might be interested in helping us to keep ontop of our electronic information sharing, i.e. FB, Twitter and updating our website? Get them to contact us at VCL.

You must have a good grasp of written English, have great communication skills, be prepared to come along to team meetings once in a while, research relevant information about volunteering and local community activity.

if you are interested please email kay@volunteercentrelewisham.org.uk

Recruitment of Patient/Public Voices – south east London commissioning strategy programme

Dear All,

Pleases see the attachment, looking for patient and public members to join south east London’s working groups.  If you are interested please contact Laura Luckhurst on 020 3049 9916 or by email: laura.luckhurst@nhs.net and you will be sent an application pack comprising a background information document, role description and person specification, and an application form.

SEL CSP Advert_for_PPV_May_2014_v8

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

Email: souccg.southwark-ccg@nhs.net

Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602

The best possible health outcomes for Southwark people

Opportunity to talk to the public at the STEREOHYPE Event on Saturday 21st June

Hello everyone

I hope you’re all able to enjoy the sunshine, now that it’s arrived.   I thought I would send out a last minute reminder about an opportunity coming up soon.  You may already be aware that Time To Change is running another London pop-up event this month in Brixton.  This event is one of a series that is has been designed by and for people of African and Caribbean backgrounds and is known as Stereohype.    The event will take place in Windrush Square in Brixton from 12 noon to 5pm.

Stereo-Hype Brixton Volunteer Recruitment

If you’d like the chance to practice your speaking out skills by talking to members of the public, then do sign up.  For newbies at speaking to the public there are 4 training sessions next week that you can book a place on and I shall be one of the volunteer co-ordinators on the day to support you.

Let me know if you’re signing up and I’ll make a point of finding you and catching up!

Also, don’t forget that London Champions now have our own Facebook group!   It’s a closed group so you would need to contact our administrator first, so if you use Facebook and would like to join us then please search for Robert Peacock and send him a friend request, then he can add you to the group.

All the very best


Vanessa Gould-Crouch

London Regional Co-ordinator

Time to Change Campaign

07522 764 526

Twitter:  @VansVoice