Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter

Hello Healthwatch Supporter!It’s all change for Healthwatch Southwark, find out about the changes…

Staff Updates
Now that Alvin has moved on to pastures new, we have undergone a recruitment process to select a new manager for Healthwatch Southwark.  We will announce who this is in due course, but in the meantime Sec-Chan our Development Officer will be acting up as the interim Healthwatch Manager from the end of August when she returns from her epic holiday.

Spotlight On: Social Care
We had a great turn out for our public forum event on 22nd July where we heard from Alexandra Laidler – Acting Director of Adult Social Care and looked at case studies of people using social care services to think about what could go wrong, what should happen and if there were any experiences people wanted to share. We have a report from the event that we would like to share with you, please find it here to download.

Engagement
The summer weather has meant that there have been lots of great activities in and around the borough!  Did you see us at Southwark Eid Festival, Time and Talents Summer Party or at Silverlock TRA Community Fun Day?  Tell us about any events you are planning and follow us on twitter here to see what we are up to.

Very Best Wishes,

The Skeleton Healthwatch Southwark Team
Chip and Jo

 

 

 

 

Local News

Local news from across the community

Recruitment to Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care Citizens’ Board
If you would like to apply to be on the Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Citizen’s Board, follow the link for more information and to make an application here

Council welcomes new Strategic Director of Children’s and Adults Services
Southwark Council is pleased to announce it has appointed David Quirke-Thornton as its new Strategic Director of Children’s and Adults Services. Mr Quirke-Thornton will join Southwark in the autumn from his previous role as Deputy Director, Children’s and Adult Services, at Medway Council. He has 20 years experience working in social care for local authorities including Medway and Hertfordshire County Council. Read more.

Information from Monitor for local Healthwatch: The pricing of NHS services
Monitor spoke with many of you at the Healthwatch conference about the pricing of NHS services. They are currently seeking views on our draft proposals for 2015/16.
Monitor are engaging with NHS providers and commissioners as their proposals cover the incremental changes made to the National Tariff each year and the documents are therefore quite technical. If you have more detailed knowledge of how the payment system works, read  Monitor’s engagement document and respond by 15 Aug. Read more.

New Three Cs web based app for Southwark: ‘MaxOut’
Three Cs have created web based app called MaxOut, linking you with Mental Health news and activites in Southwark.The new app includes: Information about Three Cs, retweets of news and activities from various organisations and Information how to get involved in the community through web links of other organisations in Southwark. Read more.

Peckham Dance lessons | Wed evenings
All welcome in the age bracket 16-25, though we are little flexible on the upper age limit. In the long term this will be aimed at more specific groups such as NEET etc but for now we want to get things off the ground and generate interest. It’s a community dance club with the opportunity to become a troupe and perform at some prestigious places. There will also be visits the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Ballet School and more. For more info contact Beth: 07980 454 236 bethevans@thechangefoundation.org.uk

 

Local Events

Community events and training near you

Healthy Cook & Eat Courses at Blackfriars Settlement | Starts Sept
This course is ideal for people who are looking to gain skills to help them live independently. At the sessions you will: Improve your knowledge of Health, Safety & Hygiene in the Kitchen, gain confidence whilst Cooking in a small group, improve your own Cooking Skills in a Safe & Supportive Environment. Read more.

Invitation to care.data Advisory Group Open Meeting | 6 Sept
Invitation to care.data Advisory Group Open Meeting – Saturday 6 September, 10.30am to 2pm, South Bank, London
Chair of the care.data Advisory Group, Ciarán Devane, invites you to participate in NHS England’s second public discussion session about the work they are developing to inform and assure the programme known as ‘care.data’.
The NHS in England are missing some information for the care provided outside of hospital. Read more.

NHS Southwark CCG first AGM | 11 Sept
NHS Southwark CCG is holding its first Annual General Meeting as a new Clinical Commissioning Group. Come and hear presentations about:
– Primary and Community Care development by Dr Sian Howell (CCG Governing Body member)
– The changing health profile in Southwark by Dr Ruth Wallis (Head of Public Health for Lambeth and Southwark). Register today.

Walk for mental health | 11 Oct
Join arts and mental health charity CoolTan Arts on a fun guided walk through London’s history, as they use creativity and humour to celebrate World Mental Health Day, challenge stigma and raise much needed funds. All money raised will enable CoolTan Arts to continue transforming the lives of people with mental distress, despite severe funding cuts. Book today.

 

National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

 

The UK’s mental health care is in crisis – the next government must act urgently
Mentally ill patients forced to travel hundreds of miles for treatment, forcible sectioning in order to get beds and medical students begging for greater teaching on psychiatry: we’re not getting it right. A report this week was grim reading for those involved in mental health care. The survey of GPs revealed that one in five had seen patients harmed as a result of “delays or a lack of support” from mental health services, while shortfalls had forced 82% of doctors to act “outside of their competence”. Read more.

Submit your entry for the Research Engagement Award
The Research Engagement Award is for Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) in recognition of the great work they do in promoting research in their GP surgery, dental practice, clinical commissioning group and other primary care settings. If you are a member of a PPG and have been involved in helping to spread the word about research N.A.PP want to hear from you. Read more.

 

The UK’s mental health care is in crisis
The UK’s mental health care is in crisis – the next government must act urgently
A report this week was grim reading for those involved in mental health care. The survey of GPs revealed that one in five had seen patients harmed as a result of “delays or a lack of support” from mental health services, while shortfalls had forced 82% of doctors to act “outside of their competence”. Read more.

 

Assistant Director Vacancy Healthwatch Haringey
Healthwatch Haringey are seeking an Assistant Director who is both an effective project manager with a successful track record of partnership working and has an understanding of health and social care policy issues.
We are searching for a candidate with a background in one or more of health, social care, community engagement and consumer representation. Apply today.

 

 

 

 

Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Wide use of statins could cut deaths from heart disease
Up to 8,000 lives could be saved every three years by offering statins to anyone with a 10 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, says NICE – Read more

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards
NICE has published new guidance setting out ‘red flag events’ which warn when nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that wardRead more

Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes
Losing even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE – Read more

You can find out more information on the NICE website:
www.nice.org.uk

National events

Latest events from across the country

Tackling Long Term Conditions | 29 Oct
At Tackling Long-Term Conditions: Coordinating Care, Transforming Services Open Forum Events expert speakers will explore how to drive improvements in care, coordinate services to achieve quality outcomes and help make life better for people with long term conditions.
A whole system approach is required to tackle the scale and prevalence of long-term conditions.  Register your interest.

Health Inequalities in London: Seeking joint solutions for better health outcomes | 29 Oct
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. Register today.

General Optical Council Public consultation event | 26 Sept
We recently launched a consultation as part of our strategic review of standards for optometrists and dispensing opticians.
As well as inviting written responses, we want stakeholders to be able to discuss the key issues face-to-face with us and each other, so we are inviting you to our independently facilitated public discussion event in London on 26 Sept. Book today.

Six Day Sleep Counselor Training | Nov 2014
T
his 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.  Book today.

The Care Act in Practice Conference | 11 Nov
Govtoday and The College of Social Work are delighted to be hosting The Care Act in Practice. It will be held at the Mermaid Conference Centre, London. The Care Act in Practice is a crucial professional development event for senior social workers and social care leaders. Key speakers from across the social care landscape will give insight into how social workers and providers should adapt to fully implement the principles of the new legislation. Book today.

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Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin – August 2014

Dear All,

Hope everyone is well!  This is our summer communication.  Obviously, trust that you manage to take advantage of the lovely weather and take good care of your wellbeing!

So I won’t bore you with much details  as usual visit  our ebulleting  at   http://lambethwellbeing.wordpress.com/   The Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Among the highlights are:

* The Big White Wall is now avail free for Southwark residents http://www.bigwhitewall.com

 

* The launch of the new website with tools for individuals and comunities- everything about wellbeing! do visit and play, you won’t be dissapointed!   Why well-being matters More and more research is showing us how certain actions, activities and practices can improve our moods, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives. We think people need to know more about this, so we have designed a website to spread the word.

Both the Wheel of Well-being and this website are the result of a design collaboration between the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Uscreates, a strategic consultancy delivering social value. http://www.wheelofwellbeing.org

hello@wheelofwellbeing.org   http://www.wheelofwellbeing.org/wow-yourself

 

* The Social Determinants of Mental Health Report.

Cyberbullying report from EU Kids Online

or
The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health

 

……all that maybe for a summer reading ????

 

* Grant funding opportunities………

* Advice for parents in Lambeth regarding available activities for young people

much, much more to find out……

*  CALL TO ARTISTS: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION by Sharp      Anna.Croucher@slam.nhs.uk, 0203 228 7050 or salomessanctuary@gmail.com,07790 807 314

                       * STORM course a free certified suicide prevention training particular helpful those people who work with people ‘at risk’.

contact :Craig, Claudia-  Claudia.Craig@southwark.gov.uk

 

Happy summer!

Any

 

Anamaria Florin, MRSH
Mental Wellbeing Officer
Lambeth and Southwark Public Health

  1. florin@southwark.gov.uk
    Tel: 020 7525 0272

Location Address:
160 Tooley St, Hub 2 First Floor, London SE1 2QH

Postal Address:
PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5HY
My workdays are Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday

 

       

 

Note:

We would like to encourage you that within your wellbeing work/ activities to measure wellbeing by using the short Warwick Edinburgh scale. Please, visit for details : http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Wellbeing-self-assessment.aspx

By the way, it may be helpful to have handy the working definiton of wellbeing is  (locally agreed): ‘to feel positive about the present, feeling hopeful about the future; feeling confident about being able to handle life’s stresses and problems; and feeling that mostly life is fulfilled and rewarding’

Why Mindfulness now :   http://lambethwellbeing.wordpress.com/?p=739&preview=true


Healthy Cook and Eat for PB holders

Hello everyone.

Please find attached the leaflet for our September 2014 Healthy Cook and Eat course. Book early to guarantee a place. There is a charge for this course.

September14

Courses will run on Wednesdays from 2 – 4.30pm Start date to be finalised.

Best wishes

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio www.art2printstudio.co.uk

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

Find out more about what we can do for you:

http://www.blackfriars-settlement.org.uk

 

Follow us on Twitter: @BlackfriarsSett

Like us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/BFSface


The Dragon Café is taking a Break in August

A reminder in case you haven’t heard that The Dragon Café will be closed for the month of August, returning refreshed in September. We are all very conscious of the need for rest and attending to our wellbeing, and so at the mid-point of our second year there will be a break.

We wish you all a positive month and look forward to greeting you back on Monday 1st September when the adventure continues! Meanwhile you can check out a lovely selection of Photos from Monday’s Summer Celebration at http://dragoncafe.co.uk/news/#1 and while you’re there see photos from every Dragon Café so far.

PLUS take a look at this 3 minute Video Blog about the Café by Louise and Katie, filming for homeless support group SHP – the charity for homeless and vulnerable people in London http://unheardholler.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/experiences-of-dragon-cafe.html

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NHS Southwark CCG AGM – 11 September 2014

Dear All,

NHS Southwark CCG is holding its first Annual General Meeting as a new Clinical Commissioning Group. This will be taking place at 6pm on Thursday 11 September 2014 at our office which are located at 160 Tooley Street, SE1 2QH. Please do share this information with any friends or colleagues who would be interested too, a copy of the flyer for the event is attached.

NHS Southwark CCG AGM poster – 2013-14

At this event you will be able to hear presentations about

  • Primary and Community Care development by Dr Sian Howell (CCG Governing Body member) and
  • The changing health profile in Southwark by Dr Ruth Wallis (Head of Public Health for Lambeth and Southwark)

We do hope that you will be able to join us.

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


Mon 28th July at The Dragon Café

Create, Relate and Celebrate

Join us for a final Monday before we take a Summer break at the mid-point of The Dragon Cafe’s second year. Our Summer Medley will ensure there is music and movement through the day, but we also have opportunities to look closer at mental health care in Southwark with SLaM Presents at 2 pm, and developments in biomedical approaches in Research Works at 2.30 pm. In the evening you can get moving with VivArtista at 6.15 pm and a ‘flashmob’ style performance then join our Dragon for dance, drumming and celebration from 7 pm. Vive The Dragon Café!
PLEASE NOTE: we will be closed through August returning on Monday 1st September.

DC Programme- Monday 28 July 2014


Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter

Hello Healthwatch Supporter!It’s been a busy few weeks with lots going on and exciting things coming soon.A sad goodbye and a huge thank you to Alvin, Healthwatch Southwark Manager
Alvin Kinch is leaving us on the 1st August to take up a post with Healthwatch England as the Development Manager. We are very sad to lose Alvin but the new role will be a fantastic new opportunity and we wish her the very best and would like to assure our supporters that the Manager role is currently being recruited for.

Spotlight on Social Care: 22 July, 4.00 – 6.30pm
We look forward to see those of you who can join us at our Spotlight on Social Care event later today. The event is looking at what’s happening in Social Care in Southwark – now and in the future.

Come along to hear presentations from us and Southwark Council, have an opportunity to offer your knowledge and experience of using social care services in the borough and share in some refreshments together.

It’s not too late you can still book a place here and join us!

Our first Annual Report!

Healthwatch Southwark is pleased to publish our first Annual Report 2013-14. You can access it on the website here.

Until next time, enjoy Sunny Southwark!

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo

 

 

 

 

Local News

Local news from across the community

Southwark Manager – Vacancy
We are looking for a motivated individual who can raise expectations, challenge orthodoxies and drive an agenda for change in local health and social care services in the diverse borough of Southwark. You will lead and develop a successful team, and bring enthusiasm and dedication to working with local communities and partners to secure the best outcomes for patients and users of health and social care services. Deadline 4 Aug. Apply today.

Healthwatch Southwark wins national award!
The development of a South East London programme that ensures that local people can monitor health and social care services has won 6 South East London local watchdogs a national award.
The work involves a shared programme and procedure across South East London and has been developed jointly by the 6 Healthwatch from SE London, (Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham).
They won the award for Outstanding Collaborative Project at the national Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2014.
These annual awards are held to recognise the individuals and teams across the network who have demonstrated exceptional impact within local communities. Read more

Personal Budgets
Are you concerned about the impact of personal budgets on your service users? Do you need help from help to deal with the implications for your organisation? Have your say and tell us what we can do by spending just a few minutes completing Community Action Southwark’s (CAS) first Just CASkingquick poll.

CAS are keen to hear from anyone with any experience with personalisation and personal budgets, please get in touch with Rachel, CAS Policy Officer via: rachel@casouthwark.org.uk

Soft Craft Groups at Blackfriars Settlement
With highly respected textile artist Najlaa Khalil. Sessions are every Thursday 10.30 to 12.30 and £20 for Personal Budget holders. Najlaa will help you develop or recover skills in sewing, hand knitting, patchwork and crochet. Use these skills for making simple repairs or to customise your long-worn clothes and freshen up your wardrobe.

Art? Why not? at Blackfriars Settlement
These Art sessions run every Mon, Wed and Thurs from 1.30- 3.30pm, at £20 for personal budget holders. What members say: “Relaxing, sociable, compare artworks, give each other pointers, learn skills, taking you out of yourself, escapism. You feel complete. It grabs you. You can pour it out onto the paper. It’s an energy. Achievement”. Get involved.

Potted History- gardening and reminiscence project
Potted History is a gardening and reminiscence project that makes use of reminiscence and horticultural therapy to improve the self-confidence and wellbeing of socially isolated older people in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
Reminiscence therapy involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences as a group, by taking part in activities and using objects from the past such as photographs, household items, scents, music and film to trigger the memory. Get involved.

Government consulting on Care Act draft regulations
Back in May the Care Bill became the Care Act. In order to allow you to prepare and understand what this might mean for your organisation, Community Action Southwark (CAS)  have put together a briefing. The government is currently seeking views on the draft regulations and guidance for Part 1 of the Act. The consultation period ends on 15 August. Read the briefing.

Autism 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. 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. Apply today.

Early Action – stepping back from the cliff edge
Anyone who works with vulnerable people thinks preventing things getting worse isn’t a good thing. So why aren’t we, the public, private and voluntary sectors, not doing more together to stop problems from happening in the first place?
As you may know Community Action Southwark (CAS) proposed that the Health and Wellbeing Board consider establishing an independent Early Action Commission. It was argued that early action, as a needs reduction strategy, could lessen future liabilities and foster greater multi-agency working. Read the paper submitted in March.

 

Local Events

Community events and training near you

STORM Training | Dates from 21 July to 17 Feb
This is a 2 day accredited course for Southwark and Lambeth staff. he skills learned are specific to suicide prevention and are transferable to all practices including GP settings. Participants are central to the process of learning and are encouraged to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the group. STORM utilises the most effective, evidence-based methods in skills development training – role-rehearsal and videotaped role-rehearsal with self-reflection and structured feedback. Book today

Digital Inclusion event | 28 July
Southwark Council’s Digital Inclusion event event is taking place at 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 5QH between 10.00am and running from 5.00pm on 28th July. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will look at why people are digitally excluded and how we can work together to get more people on line. Please do let me Southwark Council know as soon as possible if you will be attending. Book today

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) dicussion group | 28 July
The Mental Health Foundation is seeking to gather together people who have used mental health services and carers of those who have used mental health services to hear their thoughts, ideas, feelings, comments on the subject of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The group will meet at 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Mental Health Foundation (Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk, London, SE1 2SX). Participants will be paid £25 each, all travel expenses will be covered and lunch is provided. Get involved

Extended access engagement event | 30 July
The Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Event: Extended access engagement event. Building on two previous engagement events, NHS Southwark CCG is continuing to work with you and other local people regarding the development of plans for extended access to a GP or nurse, 8am – 8pm 7 days a week. Join us to hear how we have developed plans with your previous input and to help us ensure that the new services will work for you and other local people. Book today.

Time and Talent’s Summer Party | 6 August
Time and Talents would love to invite you to celebrate with them on Wednesday 6th August at their Summer Party. It is all set to be their biggest and best Summer Party yet. Come and join Time and Talents for an afternoon of fun, food and festivities. Read more

Self Advocacy Training at CoolTan Arts | 5 – 14 Aug
CoolTan Arts are running self Advocay Training, ‘Skills for a stronger voice’ in August. This training is an award-winning series of free classes and talks teaching you the skills you need to have a stronger voice. CoolTan Arts provide an informal but structured environment where you can look at ways to help yourself, pick up strategies for challenging issues, behaviours or situations. Book today.

Stress Management Through Movement & Meditation | 8 Oct
Meditation has many health benefits, including increased immune functioning, improved well-being and reduced psychological distress. It is an especially focused form of mindfulness. For anyone feeling stressed or struggling to keep calm and achieve peace of mind in a busy, often chaotic life, meditation can bring a sense of peace and joy.
This is a series of 8 one hour lunchtime sessions involving some gentle movement based on yoga and tai-chi, followed by a a 20 mintue guided meditation. 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’s a days course with lunch and CPD certification. Book today.

 

National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

 

RLSB Let’s Work it Out employment pack
RLSB has launched their new ‘Let’s Work It Out’ employment pack at the House of Commons. The pack was created in consultation with businesses and the RLSB Youth Forum. The pack aims to make businesses feel confident about employing people with a sight condition and coaches young people to feel more equipped about job hunting. You can show your support by signing the RSLB online pledge to ensure that meaningful jobs for blind young people can become a reality. Read more.

Integrated Personal Commissioning: New Opportunities for Voluntary and Community Sector
NHS England Chief Executive has just announced the piloting of combined health and care personal budgets, and the VCS will be commissioned to support care planning, advocacy and service brokerage. Read more.

NHS in London Focus Groups
The transformation of London’s general practice services is an agreed priority for the NHS in London. To help understand the needs of patients and carers across London NHS London are holding a series of focus groups with different community groups, patient groups, and users of GP services.
The focus groups are one way to collect experiences and information, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will also be asking about ways in which you think services can be improved. The first series of Focus Groups in August are on GP Services. Get involved.

 

NHS London Immunisation Board
Are you interested in helping us drive the London wide immunisations programme, if so we are looking for up to 4 people ( individuals or voluntary sector organisations) to sit on the London Immunisation Board, meetings are held quarterly and an induction session and support will be available. Travel expenses will be paid. If you would like more information about the Board please email : immunisationsubmissions.london@nhs.net or telephone Kenny Gibson on: 07787 105457. Closing date for expressions of interest is 31 August.

Three Cs launched MaxOut Southwark
On the 9 July 2014, Three Cs launched MaxOut Southwark at Crossways.. MaxOut Southwark is a new web app that links you with mental health news and activities in Southwark. Please try it out for yourself at www.maxoutsouthwark.com and let Three Cs know what you think. They are also happy to talk to people interested in Three Cs developing similar apps in London boroughs for people with learning disabilities or mental health challenges. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Wider use of statins could cut deaths from heart disease
Up to 8,000 lives could be saved every three years by offering statins to anyone with a 10 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, says NICE – Read more

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards
NICE has published new guidance setting out ‘red flag events’ which warn when nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that wardRead more

Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes
Losing even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE – Read more

You can find out more information on the NICE website:
www.nice.org.uk

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.

Tackling Long Term Conditions | 29 Oct
At Tackling Long-Term Conditions: Coordinating Care, Transforming Services Open Forum Events expert speakers will explore how to drive improvements in care, coordinate services to achieve quality outcomes and help make life better for people with long term conditions.
A whole system approach is required to tackle the scale and prevalence of long-term conditions. It will require service transformation, integration of care and innovative systems to meet the pressing challenge. Register your interest.

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.