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.

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:

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
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.


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.

Invitation to CoolTan Arts Sponsored Walk

Walk for mental health with CoolTan Arts! – please join us for our biggest event of the year – our Sponsored Walk on Saturday 11th October.It’s a brilliant day out, raises vital funds to continue our work and publicly challenges stigma through our visible presence on the streets of London!

Tickets are £5 unwaged, £10 waged. You can register quickly and easily online here: http://tinyurl.com/ml8qemy

Setting off from outside the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ and following a 4.8 mile route to the Southbank, the walk will explore green spaces, hidden squares and historic landmarks. We will celebrate World Mental Health Day with talks, art and performances looking at inspiring local stories and people.

Please join us if you can and spread the word!


We are going backwards: mental health cuts exacerbate a growing health burden

We are deeply concerned by recent cuts to NHS mental health service providers which exacerbate the problems of an already extremely under-resourced sector.

These cuts are the most recent in a long list of events that display the Government’s lack of support for the sector, says Isabella Goldie, our Director of Development and Delivery: “Despite mental health problems being 23% of the burden of illness in England, funding (currently sitting at 13%) is becoming even more disproportionate.

“Whilst we absolutely welcome the government’s commitment to parity of esteem for mental health and a move to a focus on outcomes, recent figures show immediate and drastic action is needed”.

Figures from a recent HSJ analysis of all 57 Trusts show one in five experienced cuts of 5-9%, leading to a dramatic reduction in beds and staff available to people who require acute mental health support.

“We can see from the steep rise in out-of-area placements that those who need highly specialised care and support are travelling long distances for services.

“It is unacceptable that people, at their most vulnerable, afraid and distressed, are being placed in unfamiliar areas, and shows that mental health services are reaching a crisis point.

“Given that 1 in 4 people (and growing) will experience mental health problems this is an issue that affects us all.”

We advocate for more work to be done in prevention across the course of a life and call for further investment in evidence-based preventative approaches such as parenting support.

“Any compassionate society needs to ensure that our public services are available and fit for purpose when people are at their most vulnerable,” says Isabella.

“For mental health services this means ensuring services are measured and funded based on outcomes that drive real improvements to the lives of people with mental health problems.”

Our joint Mental Health Policy Group has joined a wide range of other professional bodies, service user and carer groups and academics to express concern about what this means for already disproportionately funded mental services and the aim of the government to create parity of esteem.

Via http://mentalhealth.org.uk/

Bullying from SLaM to shut the blog rather than make it inactive

Dear all,

Earlier today we notified SLaM that our last post would be on 8th September, after which the blog would be dormant until or unless we secured future funding.

SLaM responded by telling us that we had to change the blog domain address (which they knew was impossible), or to shut down the site. Leaving it dormant was not an option.

After we challenged the legality of their edict, they backtracked.

Here’s today’s emails: Corres with SLaM Comms 14th August

It’s so sad that they are trying to make us disappear, so that the blog can’t even be a historical resource.

If you’re cross or sad about this, please email the Head of Comms: Sarah.Crack@slam.nhs.uk and / or the Chief Exec: matthew.patrick@slam.nhs.uk, copied to me at d.rosieruk@gmail.com .

Best wishes,


Blog Administrator

Community Action Southwark Fundraising masterclass

Community Action Southwark are running an Introduction to Fundraising masterclass on the 11th Sept.

If you want to understand the key aspects of fundraising and where to look for funding you will find this event very useful http://bit.ly/1nQC0HK

Via Matthew

Biomedical Research Centre

We are looking for representatives to inform the work of the Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health (BRC-MH). The BRC-MH is based across the Institute of Psychiatry and SLaM, and is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR). More information about the roles can be found in the attached documents.

Role description_Cluster representatives_Carers

Role description_Cluster representatives_Service users

We are looking for people who can provide a service user or carer perspective to the BRC programme. We are looking for people with an interest in research, and who are committed to improving biomedical research in mental health.

Further information about the BRC can be found on our website: http://brc.slam.nhs.uk/brc-home