Proposed changes to Welfare Services

Dear All

consultation 2014Welfare Service for SLAM

The above is a proposal being put forward by the Welfare Department in response to the Trust’s requirement of parity of service Trust wide.

In short it would mean a huge impact for service users as the proposal is that the Welfare service is withdrawn from all services except inpatient/home treatment teams. No funding is being provided for real parity: Welfare for all service users.

The consultation process is 10th March – 8th April. Please feedback to Carol Waylett, Welfare service manager ( Carol is also available to come and talk with you.

If you would like further information or want to know who contact about this please let me know.

Kind regards


Sian Evans

Welfare Worker
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Welfare Department | The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ
Telephone: 020 3228 2942 Internal: 82942   Fax: 020 3228 2899


Southwark Consultation on the future of Day Opportunities

Dear all,

Please find below a link to the report from the consultation, i.e. from the focus groups, the information meetings and the written responses.

Statement from Southwark Council:

“Southwark Council and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) welcome the findings from the consultation on the future of mental health day opportunities in Southwark.

“This comprehensive and wide ranging programme of engagement led by Experts by
Experience has provided a rich and detailed response to the proposals set out in the original report. The analysis and accompanying report will shape and inform the development of the final model. We would like to express our gratitude to all those who commented on the consultation and to E by E for the effort and expertise they have brought to bear on this project and the helpful conclusions and insights that have emerged.”

Report via:

Consultation on the future of Day Services in Southwark: overview findings

Dear all,

Experts by Experience was asked to make a presentation today on the findings from the Consultation. I attach below a link to a PDF and word version of the presentation.

Please also note the revised publication date within this document, which is due to the Council asking us to include the written responses in our analysis and Report.

Southwark Day Centres consultation

Dear all,

Please see below a link to details of the 2 Q & As recently held by Southwark Council.


Healthwatch Southwark ebulletin – 17th September 2013

17th September 2013, Edition 6          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

What has happened since the launch?

Since our launch at the end of June we have been working to collate the vast amount of information from various sources including the discussions which many of you took part in at the launch (click here for a summary), feedback from the public, health and social care organisations’ data and that from the former local involvement network, LINk Southwark.

The Healthwatch Southwark Interim Board has now met and based on the above have set four priority areas of work to focus on during the next 12 months. These are GP Access, Mental Health, Social Care and Sexual & Reproductive Health Services. Look out for further details on these, the full work plan & news on our next Public Forum over the next few weeks.

Thank you to future Healthwatch Champions (volunteer) and Supporters
A big thank you to all of you who have sent in volunteer application forms we are looking forward to working with you to help us champion better health and social care services. We will be in touch with you to let you know the next steps.

If you would like to become a Champion you can download the application form here, or for an application pack email: or call 020 7358 7005. You can also apply online here.


Tell us your views

We are keen to hear your views on your local health and social care services so please continue to share them with us. You can do this by contacting the team on: or calling 020 7358 7005.


Patient Opinion workshop on Healthwatch | Monday 23 September

Patient Opinion is running a workshop on Healthwatch for any Supporters who are interested. This free workshop for anyone involved in Healthwatch across England will allow you to explore how you and your organisation might make use of public online feedback in different ways. Book today.

Local News

Mental Health Day Opportunities consultation

This is a reminder that Southwark Council’s Consultation on the future of Mental Health Day Opportunities in Southwark is still live. The consultation will run from 12th August to 3rd November and will include 11 meetings taking place around the borough. This is a really important consultation as the results of it will shape the services that are provided to us in Southwark. Read more.


South East London Bowel Cancer Screening Centre

The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69 (soon to be extended to cover 60 – 74 year olds). People in the invitation age range are automatically sent a screening kit through the post as long as they are registered with a GP.  Read more or call 0203 299 7601 for more information.


Marie Curie Fundraising new local members call

The Marie Curie London Bridge and Bermondsey Fundraising Group is looking for new members to help organize local events. To find out how you can get involved contact Jeni Day on 020 7599 7773 or email

Southwark Disablement Association and its Services

SDA, a user led organisation, supports disabled Adults with seen or unseen disability living in Southwark. They provide a variety of services to support people to live independently and to reach their full potential including Benefits Advice, Volunteers Support for befriending and support in the community, Deaf Access support for those who are deaf or hearing impaired. Find out more.

National News

Have your say on the future of the NHS
NHS England is calling on patients, the public and staff to join in a discussion about the future of the NHS, so it can plan how best to deliver services, now and in the years ahead. This call to action sets out the facts about future demands on NHS services, how the budget is currently spent and how services are delivered. Read more.

Join us to celebrate 100 years of spiritual care at King’s | Wednesday 25 September
On Wednesday 25 September King’s College Hospital marks the 100th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Luke’s Chapel. The Chapel is symbolic of King’s rich history and to thank you for your support, we invite you to join us to celebrate with a service of thanksgiving, followed by a reception and lecture. Call 020 7848 3053 or visit the website to book.


The Health Promotion Access Catalogue

The Lambeth and Southwark Health Promotion Access Catalogue provides a range of free resources to local services providing health promotion to residents. Free sexual health resources include: Sexual Health Services in Lambeth and Southwark, SORTED – a booklet for young people who fancy people of the same sex, how to get a NHS abortion in Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham, a range of information leaflets on contraception methods. To register and access resources click here.


One in seven NHS staff made redundant win back jobs
More than one in seven NHS workers made redundant since May 2010 have been re-employed, parliamentary figures show. Health minister Daniel Poulter said 15,700 health service staff have had their contracts terminated after being made redundant since the coalition government took power in 2010. Dr Poulter said data up to January 2013 revealed that 2,400 of these workers had been re-employed within the NHS. Read more

NMC to vote on proposals for nurse revalidation
Nurses and midwives may have to collect positive feedback from patients and colleagues every three years in order to remain on the register, under new proposals. The options put forward by the Nursing and Midwifery Council also suggest they could be signed off as fit to practise by an individual who is not a registrant. The regulator committed itself to roll out proposals by the end of 2015 in the wake of the Francis report into carefailings at Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust. Read more


LVSC launches fifth annual survey to map the impact of the cuts across London’s VCS

LVSC is inviting London’s voluntary and community sector to participate in its fifth annual Big Squeeze survey. The survey, disseminated to thousands of individuals, gives the sector an opportunity to express how the recession is impacting upon them, the issues they are facing and how service dependent Londoners are being affected. To complete the LVSC survey follow this link, or for further information go to the LVSC website. Survey closes Friday 30th September 2013


Save the date – Kindred Minds Conference | Thursday 3 October
We are delighted to invite you to our London-wide Kindred Minds, ‘Building On Our Strengths, Still We Rise’ Conference. Please pass onto your networks. All are welcome. Please let us know you are coming for our catering numbers, call 020 7358 7029 / 07809 701 434 or email:


CQC’s new hospital inspection programme to start today

The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new programme of hospital inspections starts this week, with inspections in London and Yorkshire. The first inspection will begin today at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust. The second will begin on Thursday 19 September at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. The teams – called inspection panels – will include doctors, nurses and other experts and trained members of the public. Read more.


Recent NICE published guidance:

NICE Annual Review 2012/13 – Browse NICE’s online Annual Review to find out what NICE has been up to over the past year, for an update on new initiatives such as our local government briefings, and to learn more about our move into social care.

Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on ‘urinary incontinence in women’. Read it here

Developing guidance and standards for social care – NICE has a new responsibility, from April 2013, to develop guidance and quality standards for social care in England. Read more.

NICE Event

How does NICE assess value? | Thursday 10 October
This one day seminar will cover basic approaches to the assessment of costs and benefits for devices and diagnostics. The NIHR Office of Clinical Research Infrastructure (NOCRI) will provide information on UK resources for generating evidence for medical technologies. For any questions contact NICE Scientific Advice Team  Read more.

Local Events

Free ‘What is Self-Advocacy?’ workshop | September to December 2013
Self Advocacy Training is intended for individuals with mental distress. The Training is designed to help people who need to develop self confidence, skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them e.g. Debt Management, Self Esteem and Mental health Act, and more. To book call 0207 701 2696 or find out more.

Open House – Royal Pharmaceutical Society | Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September

Once a year dozens of buidlings of archetural and historical interest open their doors to the general public. This is your last chance to see displays of historical pharamacy collections before likely residential conversion of the building. 1 Lambeth High St, 2pm-5pm for free. Find out more.

Single assessment – Call for action | Friday 27 September
South London and Maudeley NHS would like to invite you to join them to test the first working version of the new assessment process. Your input will help to make sure the assessment really is ready to be tried out somewhere local to you. Please contact if you are able to attend.


FREE event to celebrate International Day of Older Persons | Tuesday 1 October

The event will be opened by Councilor Catherine Macdonald and Healthwatch Southwark will be there to give an update on Healthwatch Souhthwark and how you can get involved. There will also be updates on Adult Social Care and you will hear from inspirational older people about their contributions to the community. Book today.


NHS Southwark CCG meetings


Help shape Southwark physiotherapy and osteopathy services | Wed 25 September

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is holding this engagement event at 6pm at Cambridge House. If you have used these services in the last twelve months and are registered with a GP practice in Southwark they want to hear from you. To register a place email: or call 020 7525 7188.


Influence your local NHS in Southwark | Tuesday 22 October

Join our public event to tell us how you think NHS Southwark CCG can best help and support people to stay healthy over the coming years. The aim is to have greater prevention and self-management and also to improve the patient experience. Read more and book  or call 020 7525 7888.

Contact us

Contact the Healthwatch Southwark team:

Phone: 020 7358 7005



Jo Palmer

Communications and Events Officer

Jo Palmer | Communications and Events Officer | Community Action Southwark and Healthwatch Southwark | 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF | t: 020 7358 7023 | f: 0845 305 2160 |


The Transition Fund 2013/14, Round 5 is open for applications – Find out about the criteria changes here.


Southark Forum meeting 1st Oct – join us to influnece the council as it plans to make its budget cuts.


CAS’s 2013 Governance and Leadership Conference is on Wed 6th Nov – Book today.

Join CAS | Follow CAS on twitter @casouthwark | CAS on Facebook

Become a Healthwatch Southwark Supporter | Join twitter @HWSouthwark | Join Facebook

Community Action Southwark is a registered charity (no. 1105835 and a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales (no. 5090324). Registered office address as above.

Arnstein’s ladder of Participation

Arnstein's ladder of participation

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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.