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

Volunteering opportunities

Hello there,

We are looking to recruit a small number of people to help conserve some objects from our collections.  No previous experience is required as full training is provided.  Please see the attached flyer for more details.

I’d be grateful if you could share this on your blog.


Many thanks!


Debbie Shipton

Community Engagement Officer

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX


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Vote for Bethlem


Bethlem Archives and Museum have been shortlisted, along with 3 other museums, to win the chance to work with the acclaimed photographer, Rankin.  If we are successful, Rankin will come to Bethlem to run some photography workshops and also to take portrait photographs (of those who wish to have their photo taken) to become a part of our new museum gallery.  This idea will be used to emphasise the point that you cannot tell if someone has a mental health issue from their appearance.

If you would like to support us then please follow this link and vote for us! Can I also encourage you to share this link with your family and friends as this would be a really exciting opportunity for us and a great chance to raise the profile of both the hospital and the museum. Voting is open until Tuesday 28 January.

Many thanks,


Debbie Shipton

Community Engagement Officer

PS: Please vote for us to win a day with the wonderful portrait photographer, Rankin!!! (voting open 14-28 January only)

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

Consultation event

In autumn 2014, the Bethlem Museum will be moving to the main administration block of the Bethlem Royal Hospital. The Museum will draw on an internationally recognised collection of archives, art and historic objects, covering 450 years of history.

Many items can be challenging to display and interpret, and we want to know what you think about our plans. On Thursday 12 December we will be looking particularly at ECT machines from our collection. If you have a view, or just want to find out more, please come along!

Email for more information.

Thursday 12 December, 4-6pm
Bethlem Archives and Museum
(Refreshments provided)

Flyer here: ECT consultation

Maudsley Long Gallery exhibition by George Harding

Invitation to see:

Art Leads to External Places By George Harding Opening 5 December, 5 – 8pm

Maudsley Long Gallery

The inaugural exhibition, by artist George Harding, centres on art’s ability to transport the individual. His work obscures and transcends the boundaries between reality, imagination and dreams. Harding’s painting Alignment, now in the Bethlem Museum’s collection, became iconic within the history of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust when it was used for the Trust’s Arts Strategy, and subsequently reached global audiences on the front cover of a Lancet publication in 2011.

Maudsley Long Gallery was established in 2013 following a grant from the Maudsley Charity. The gallery space uses a reclaimed staff corridor that was previously locked and unused. The space is now open to the everyone. Please enter at the main reception and head past the Sanctuary, where the new Long Gallery is located leading to the Dining room (parallel to the main corridor).

Exhibition continues 6 December 2013 – 31 January 2014
Monday – Sunday, 9am – 8pm

The Long Gallery
Maudsley Hospital
Denmark Hill
020 3228 2830
Please note: The Long Gallery team meet annually (in July) to plan exhibitions for the following year. There are four exhibitions a year. We tend to prioritise SLaM service user art however we take applications from everyone. Applications to exhibit can be made by email to:

Apprenticeship/Return to work scheme- Clinical Support Workers

Do you have a lived experience of mental distress or do you have experience of caring for a family member or friend with a mental health condition. Are you interested in joining the organisation of clinical staff?

Are you committed and interested in a career in Health and Social Care within a well-known Mental Health Trust?

We are looking for individuals of any age, but we do also want to offer opportunities to one candidate aged between 16-24. This is to offer access to training to young people from our local community, in this challenging employment market.

We are seeking positive and innovative clinical support workers of the future to join a return to work scheme or an apprenticeship. You will receive a salary based upon the National Apprenticeship rate or if you are in receipt of benefits (additional monies to supplement your benefits. We have two routes in line with benefits agency advice) and a fully funded Education qualification. Please refer to the additional document on the NHS jobs website which underlines the two routes.

You do not need any formal experience or qualifications, but you do need to be keen to learn, enthusiastic, motivated, passionate and willing to seize this opportunity to gain a formal qualification coupled with on the job training.

The Education and Training Department provides a full range of developmental activities for all of our 4,800 staff regardless of profession or job title, and support to service users and colleagues from our partner organisations. This team will support you in your endeavours.

This is an ideal opportunity for someone willing to work with a work based buddy/ mentor, service user coach and Apprenticeship facilitator to train and develop skills to become a Clinical Support worker.

Why are we doing this?
Because we value lived experience of both service users and carers and we see clearly that your contribution will be invaluable to meeting our organisational aspirations.

Please do call the numbers below to discuss the opportunity, financial remuneration, the interview process, which includes a funded benefits advice/ support session to support you in making decisions about which route you will take.

You can apply for the post by completing the attached application. You are advised to get support to complete the application form if you need it. Also look up the following link ( on NHS jobs for guidance on ‘Making successful applications. You are encouraged to apply for the post as soon as possible as it may close earlier than stated if we receive excessive applications.

For those who are not familiar with using NHS jobs to complete an application there will be an ‘Applying with support’ session on the Thursday the 21st of November 2013 from 9:30 to 4pm to help you with this. This will be held at Bishopsgate Education and Training Centre, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX. The aim of this session is to support you with registering on NHS jobs and uploading your application only. You will not get help with the details of your application as this will not be fair on other applicants, but you are welcome to bring any information (e.g. C.V, certificates) so you can complete your application form on the day.

If you will like to attend please report to reception on arrival and you will be directed to the room where this session will be held. Look forward to meeting you all.

Please contact John Sapani on 0203 228 2524 for further details

Healthwatch Southwark eNews – 9th July 2013

Guys9th August 2013, Edition 4                                   Healthwatch Southwark eNews

Welcome to our E-News, an update on what’s happening in your Healthwatch as well as local health and social care news and events. If you would like to be included in the next e-news, please email

Healthwatch News

Calling for Healthwatch volunteers

We are recruiting Healthwatch volunteers to help carry out functions in promotion and engagement, research and intelligence, and representation. The volunteers will work with us to champion better health and social care services.

If you would like to become a volunteer please download the application forms here, or contact us for an application pack at: or call 020 7358 7005. The Application deadline has been extended to Friday 23 August, 5pm. Read more.

Signposting document

We have also produced a signposting document – an overview on how to find and access key health and social care services in Southwark.

Healthwatch Southwark update talk | Monday 30 September

Alvin Kinch, Healthwatch  Southwark’s Manager is going to speak at the 30 September Camberwell Community Council meeting in the evening. Alvin will be updating on what’s been happening since the Healthwatch launch on the 26th June in terms of shaping strategic priorities and other developments. Find out more.

Healthwatch Southwark stall at African Health Forum event | Friday 16 August

We will be having a stall at this event whose focus will be Understanding the health needs of and celebrating the health and wellbeing of young people from African communities. It’s running from 11.00 am – 3.00pm  at Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, London SE5 0HF. To book a place download the booking form and email it to or call 020 8867 0339. I’ll be speaking at the event.

Local News

New university NHS alliance to improve healthcare in South London

A new Strategic Alliance that will share best practice in research and the education and training of students and health professionals has been agreed between King’s Health Partners and St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust Board and St George’s, University of London. Aims of the Strategic Alliance include delivering joint work programmes where synergies exist in research and service innovation. Read more.

Ready for action! Your new Lambeth and Southwark Diabetes UK Community Champions

The DMI and Diabetes UK have been working together to recruit black, Asian and minority ethnic volunteers in Lambeth and Southwark who have good connections with their local community. 15 Community Champions have been recruited and trained to learn about the risk factors, symptoms, myths and misconceptions about diabetes that are prevalent in some cultures. Read more.

Consultation on the future of Mental Health Day Opportunities in Southwark

Experts by Experience have been commissioned by Southwark Council to undertake a consultation on their proposals for the reconfiguration of Mental Health Day Services in Southwark. The Council’s lead member has approved the consultation approach and timetable. The decision will go to the Scrutiny Committee this Wednesday, 31 July. Read more. 11 focus groups are planned – find out dates here.

Supporting primary care to deliver excellent diabetes care

NHS Lambeth CCG, NHS Southwark CCG and the DMI are delighted by the fantastic engagement with this year’s reward scheme and want to thank the nearly 90 practices who have registered for the scheme.

The DMI will be looking at how best to support practices to implement their action plans. Read more.

Growing Out project run by London Wildlife Trust
This is a FREE 1 year training/work experience course for adults with mild learning disabilities who would like to learn more about wildlife gardening, food growing and practical conservation work. The project runs in Southwark (East Dulwich) every Monday and also places available on our North and East London groups. If anyone is interested then please ask them to get in touch with me Georgie Mavrakis for more information.

Tasting seasons – Let’s get cooking!
This healthy eating “Let’s get cooking” project of the Children Food trust is brand new. It runs on Thursdays throughout the Summer and costs just £1 per person. The aim of group is to get together vulnerable and non-vulnerable people; to get them socialising while cooking healthy meals and learning cooking tricks. Book your place at: or call 020 7021 4400

Lay assessors required for GSTT Local Clinical Excellence Awards assessment panel
The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust Local Clinical Excellence Awards assessment panel encompasses a balanced representation of consultants both NHS and academics, non clinical managers and lay members from a variety of backgrounds to ensures the system is fair, open and transparent. They are looking for lay members to participate in this process. Find out more.

National News

Patients recommend their care at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Inpatients who completed the Friends and Family Test questionnaire in June gave Guy’s and St Thomas’ an average score of 77. The Friends and Family Test is a new National initiative that asks patients whether they would recommend their care to friends and family. The results, published by NHS England nationally for the first time, will help patients compare the care offered by individual NHS trusts. Read more.

Opportunity to say something about well-being

Lambeth and Southwark’s joint public health team have commissioned the National Social Marketing Centre to carry out interviews around wellbeing with residents, who access services. Each resident, who takes part in a joint interview with a family member or friend, receives a £20 high street voucher. All interviews will take place by Friday 16 August. If interested email David Graham at or call  07764 195105.

Patient Rights in The NHS Constitution –  survey

The NHS Constitution Team at the DoH is exploring how they can have greater impact, with a specific focus on ensuring patients’ rights are met. The team are interested in the views of service users and their carers about which rights are most important to them and where they would want to go for assistance if they felt their rights weren’t met. Closing date for the survey is 16 August. Access the survey here

Jeremy Hunt launches national dementia scheme at St Thomas’ Hospital

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a national scheme to improve the care of patients with dementia. The Older Person’s Unit at St Thomas’ has been hailed as an example for other trusts to follow. Read more.

Recent NICE published guidance:

Test to detect spread of breast cancer could help avoid further surgery. Read more.

New Quality Standard for Psoriasis. Read more

New Quality Standard for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more.

Local Events

Research Roadshow’s cardiovascular, asthma and allergy exhibition

Do you or a family member suffers from asthma or an allergy, or do you have an interest in these areas of medicine and health? If yes visit Research Roadshow’s stands where researchers from Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital will be showcasing research and demonstrations; at John Harvard Library Foyer on Borough high street Monday August 12,12pm- 2pm and Peckham Library foyer on Wednesday August 14, 12pm – 2pm. Move to events

SUITE (Service User Involvement in Training and Education) focus groups

SUITE are developing training to improve the quality of SLAM’s patient record keeping.
They would like to hear people’s experiences of their service users in regard to the records that have been written by professionals about them during consultations and whether they have later proved to be helpful or unhelpful when read by themselves or others. Tuesday 20 August 11.30 – 1.30 at the Bethlem Royal Hospital Community Centre Wednesday 21 August -10.00.  Find out more.

Participation Day | Wednesday 21  August 10-3pm

A free fun activity day for adults with a learning disability. Try new sports, find out about what activities are going on in your community and have fun! Venue: Southwark Park, contact: Charmaine Binns 020 8655 7733. Book today.

Disability Living Allowance workshop | Tuesday 10 September, 9.30am-1pm

The Next DLA workshop is being held at Cambridge House. Book into the next DLA workshop by emailing or calling the DLA. DLA family workers will be there to support you to complete the DLA claim form.

The Brainless Brothers: An audio blog by Matthew McKenzie

Matthew attended a talk at the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Saturday 3rd August 2013.

It was a free talk on Cibber’s statues of ‘Raving’ and ‘Melancholy Madness’, and this summer is also the last chance to see the statues before they go out on loan.

They are going to journey across the Channel on long-term loan in September, returning for the opening of the new Museum of the Mind in the autumn.

Matthew’s blog is great to listen to – you almost feel like you are there seeing the statues for yourself. Worth a listen!

Face Value: New Exhibition at Bethlem Gallery & Annual Sunfayre

On 3rd July, a new exhibition opens at the Bethlem Gallery, showcasing young people’s artwork on the theme of identity. Young artists from Bethlem Adolescent Unit, Bromley Pupil Referral Service (Kingswood) and Hayes School visited the Museum to view a variety of portraits from the collection, before using a variety of creative media to generate their own artwork. The exhibition runs until 26 July, and will be open on the day of the Bethlem Sunfayre.

The annual site open day takes place this year on Saturday 6 July, with activities and events running from 12 – 5pm. There will be live music, stalls, complementary therapies, free children’s entertainment, refreshments, exhibitions, talks, tours and art workshops. This year, the Archives and Museum will have a marquee, allowing us to offer additional exhibitions, talks on the History of Bethlem and to showcase the plans for the new Museum of the Mind. Museum staff will be on hand at all times to answer your questions and listen to your feedback. We look forward to seeing you there!

Face Value opens 3 July, 3 – 6pm

Exhibition continues: 4 – 26 July, Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm

Download the full Sunfayre programme from the TWIG Ops site here

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SLaM’s mother and baby unit praised

The specialist Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital has been recognised as providing an example of “best practice” in caring for women suffering with severe mental illness during pregnancy or post-birth.

An NSPCC report released last week suggests the wellbeing of more than one in 10 newborn babies in England could be improved if all new mothers with mental illness had equal access to good services.

The report states there is evidence to show that the work carried out at the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit, part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, leads to significant improvements in mental state in approximately three quarters of women, in the sensitivity of mothers with schizophrenia and postpartum psychosis when interacting with their babies and major improvements in the interaction of the babies of mothers with schizophrenia, psychosis and depression.

The 13-bed unit was set up for women who develop or have a relapse of serious mental illness during pregnancy or following the birth of their baby. The unit offers a wide range of treatment, therapy and care which is not offered on the same scale in any other unit in the UK.

One unique factor is the work of a developmental psychologist who works closely with the mothers and infants.

Dr Susan Pawlby works clinically as a developmental psychologist at the unit and academically at the King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry.

She said: “I think our unit stands out because we have a developmental psychologist to work with nursery nurses and nurses on the ward and most other units do not have that.

“It means we can give mothers and infants more support in forming and maintaining this early and most fundamental relationship. We have developed video feedback interventions so that mothers can see how their babies respond to them. Together we watch video clips of play sessions, talk about the communication between the mother and her baby in order to help mothers develop their relationship with their baby.

“We systematically evaluate this intervention and see how effective it is. Our work is to encourage mothers to respond to their babies’ cues, so that mothers become more sensitive and babies more co-operative in their interaction with one another. I am delighted our work has been recognised by the NSPCC.”

Alongside this support, the Mother and Baby Unit also treats mothers with medication where needed. The unit also offers various forms of therapy (psychological, art psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive analytical therapy), life skills, health skills, leisure activities, baby massage and dance therapy.

Following the release of the report the NSPCC is calling on health ministers to lead a drive to address major gaps in access to mental health services for pregnant and new mums.

Mental health problems including depression, anxiety, postpartum psychosis, obsessive compulsive disorders,  eating disorders , schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorderand personality disorder can begin or escalate when a woman is pregnant or in her infant’s first year. They can have a damaging effect on family life, and in the worst cases, impact on babies’ health and welfare.

Evidence shows that the vast majority of these illnesses are preventable and treatable, and with the right support, the negative effects on families can be avoided.

Sally Hogg, author of the NSPCC report, said: “The Mother and Baby Unit at Royal Bethlem Hospital provides excellent support for mothers suffering from perinatal mental illnesses and their babies. They do fantastic work to help mums to care for and bond with their babies, which helps ensure these children have the best possible start in life.

“It is crucial that more units like this are made available across the country for all families who need them, as without access to specialist units such as this some mothers don’t get the right help and can be separated from their babies, which is traumatic for the whole family.”

For more information on the NSPCC report:

Read Susan’s story here

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind: Whose Narrative should be reflected in a museum of psychiatry?

As the designs for Bethlem’s new Museum of the Mind develop, one of the challenges facing the museum is the vast number of potentially conflicting voices to be acknowledged in telling the story of mental health history. From service users to psychiatrists, unpaid carers to nursing staff, porters to hospital visitors, there are many potential stories that can shape the format of the new museum.

We are currently looking at how we shape the narrative throughout the museum: whose voices we use, and where; what variety of ideas we can express and how we might do this. Most importantly, we want to hear your voice and contributions in order that the museum meets the needs of all its users.

The link below will take you to a short questionnaire on the use of narrative in the museum, which should take no more than ten minutes. If you would like to be involved in further consultations, you can also sign up for this. Your suggestions will help to ensure the new Museum of the Mind reflects the diversity of its audience.

Click here to take survey:

Call Out for Music Performances at Bethlem Sunfayre 2013

This year’s Sunfayre at the Bethlem Royal Hospital takes place on Saturday 6th July, 12pm – 5pm. It’s a friendly event for all the community with music and entertainment, art, refreshments, stalls, walks and talks. Key Changes is programming the music stage and inviting performers of all genres of music to take part. It’s a great opportunity to play on a big stage to an appreciate crowd in the Bethlem’s lovely green grounds: Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX.

Press_Sunfayre Programme 13_5_2013

Sunfayre Poster 13_5_ 2013

For more information, or to book a performance slot, please contact Key Changes on 020 7549 8172 or

Best Regards


Peter Leigh

General Manager

Key Changes

St. Luke’s Centre

90 Central Street

London EC1V 8AJ

020 7549 8172

07985 249 398

Key Changes provides music engagement and recovery services for service users in the community. We offer two pathways to mainstream creative and vocational opportunities: “Music Production” provides structured courses in music technology at college sites (Morley College and Working Men’s College) and creative sessions at professional recording studios. “Music Performance” provides one-to-one support with songwriting and composition, musicianship, vocal technique, rehearsal and recording with music industry mentors at professional studios. Both pathways offer access to performance opportunities with our ongoing programme of concerts and social events, and support with progression routes to continuing study, in-house volunteer training or work experience. We also provide tailored packages, taster sessions and in-reach hospital services. More information and contact details at

Impact Art Fair @ Brixton, July – call for art work on postcards by Service users

Dear Colleagues,

Please could you promote and disseminate this excellent opportunity to SLaM service users, those who would like to enter their art work on a postcard, to be selected for the SLaM stall at the London wide Impact Art Fair in Brixton.

Postcard art submissions for SLaM stall at Impact Art Fair 2013

The aim  is to have 100 selected art works by service users from across SLaM.  These will be framed (identical Ikea frames) and installed as an impressive and cohesive group show.

I’m also looking for volunteers to help select and  frame the art works before the Fair and look after the stall over the 3 days: 26th, 27th, 28th July 2013.

The Impact Art Fair will be a high profile and high standard event and we are very involved as partners and the Maudsley Charity have supported it.  Bethlem Gallery will also have a stall, as will many other key arts organisations and projects across London.

Please do let me know if you have interest and queries.

NB Deadline to submit entries on a postcard by 1st July to my base address below please!

Kind regards Helen

Helen Shearn

Head of Arts Strategy

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Community Link Centre| Douglas Bennett House| Maudsley Hospital| Denmark Hill| London SE5 8AZ
Telephone:020 3228 2707 Internal: 82707 Fax:0203228 2339 Mobile:07969 587 290

CONFRONTING THE COLLECTIONS Get involved in the new Museum of the Mind

In 2014, the Bethlem Royal Hospital Museum will move to the main administration  block at Bethlem, with a new Museum of the Mind exhibition. Over the next month, we will be asking for your views on a number of topics associated with the displays and items included. First, we would like you to tell us what our new logo should look like. To have your say, please follow the link to a short online survey:

Objects in the Bethlem Museum collection include controversial or challenging items: in particular, representations of treatments or physical interventions that may provoke strong emotional responses.

  • How do you feel about seeing these objects?
  • How should they be displayed and interpreted?
  • Should a visitor be able to “opt out” of viewing them?

On Tuesday 4 June, a two-hour focus group will give you a chance to have your say on the display of restraint devices and a padded cell in the new museum. All feedback will be used to inform the designs for the Museum of the Mind, due to open in 2014.

Bethlem Consultation Invite

Focus Group at the Bethlem Gallery

Tuesday 4 June 2013, 12 – 2pm

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, BR3 3BX. Free lunch provided.


Mind in Croydon Advocacy at the Bethlem

Mind in Croydon’s  Advocacy Service now has a base at the Bethlem Royal Hospital – more details to come via their website or call 020 8763 6730