Sutton Carers Centre

Do you have a family member, friend, relative or neighbour to whom you give unpaid care and support, due to their physical or mental illness, disability or substance misuse issue? Would they struggle to cope, or be unable to manage without you? If so, you are a Carer, and if you live or work in the London Borough of Sutton, we are here for you. We can provide you with the advice, information, time out and support to help you in your caring role and make sure that you stay healthy and well too.

Support and services offered:

  • Advice, information and support
  • Help to complete Benefit forms
  • Referrals to other agencies
  • Confidential counselling service for Carers
  • Complementary Therapies including reflexology and massage
  • Mental Health Carers project
  • Young Carers project
  • Young Carers AYCES project (Mental Health and Substance Misuse)
  • Support for former Carers
  • Outreach service to help in the identification of ‘hidden’ Carers, and to raise awareness of our services
  • Coffee morning drop-in for Carers
  • Training for Carers
  • Assistance in accessing funds
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Carers’ newsletters: ‘The Benhill Bugle’, ‘The Mental Health Carers Bulletin’, and the Young Carers ‘Cool News’
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Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter

Hello Healthwatch Supporter!It’s been a busy few weeks and we’ve been enjoying glimpses of the summer sunshine.

BrowseAloud Webinar – Mon 14 July
If you would like to know more about how to use the BrowseAloud help tool on our website please do join this webinar. The BrowseAloud tool can translate web content into langauges of your choice, it can enlarge the font size, it can also read out the content to you and lots more! Book on the webinar today
You can also see instructions on our website here.

New printed newsletter!
Have you seen our printed newsletter? Jo, Sec-Chan and Chip did a big mail-out to GP surgeries, community centres, citizens advice bureaus, libraries and tenants and residents associations – we are pleased to say we survived with no paper cuts sustained!

Community focus groups
Sec-Chan and Chip have been running community focus groups, recently we visited the Bengali and the Somali Women’s Groups which went really well.  Do you want us to visit you?  Please do get in touch if so.

A sad goodbye but a big thank you – to Samuel who was on placement with us from London Southbank University as part of his MSc in International Health Services and Hospital Management.  Inspired by our work, he hopes to establish a Patient and Public Engagement unit at Komfo Anokye teaching hospital in Ghana where he is employed. We wish him the best of luck and will be on hand to help in any way we can.

Until next time, enjoy Sunny Southwark!

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo

 

 

Representation Update

Representation update

This is our latest general Healthwatch Southwark update, read it here

Local News

Local news from across the community

How are we doing?  – Reminder deadline – Friday 11th July at 5pm.
Target: HW Supporters, Southwark Residents, Service-User Groups
Healthwatch Southwark is carrying out a survey to review our performance during the first year. We would really appreciate if you could take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. This will help us know the areas we are doing well in, what we should improve on and what you would like to see more of.  Click here. Many thanks in advance for your time.Any queries, please contact info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk Alvin, Sec-Chan and Chip
The Healthwatch Team.

Have you ever considered becoming a Trust Governor?
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is holding elections for 8 public governors (4 from Lambeth and 4 from Southwark) and 6 patient governors to its Council of Governors. This is your chance to join King’s Council of Governors to represent the interests of members and to ensure you have a say in the development of your Trust. If you are interested in becoming a governor, all you have to do is complete a nomination form by 09 July 2014. If you are not interested in becoming a governor, remember you can also have your say by voting for your preferred candidate. Read more.

Strength and balance classes for falls prevention
What are the Strength & Balance classes?
Led by trained instructors, the classes follow a program of specifi c exercises designed to improve your strength, balance and confi dence when walking. The classes are for Lambeth and Southwark residents who have had a fall or are worried about falling, but continue to get out and about locally. You will need to get to the classes yourself. They run once a week for one hour and are available at convenient locations across Lambeth and Southwark. Join a class.

Ausism 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. Some individuals may not be able to obtain paid employment due to a mental health condition(s) or anxiety –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. Read more.

GP Access – London Assembly wants your views
We have been contacted by London Assembly member for Lambeth and Southwark, Valerie Shawcross, to ask you for your views as Southwark residents on accessing your GP.  Our neighbours in Lambeth are also being asked for their experiences. Here is the link to the survey…do take some time to complete it.

Carers Focus Group in London
Beat (beating eating disorders) are currently running an e-mentoring project called the Transitions Project, which provides free support to young people aged 16-25 years, who are experiencing difficult life transitions, have experience of an eating disorder and live in London.
As part of the Transitions project, Beat are looking into the experiences of Carers and families supporting relatives during times of transition, to explore and inform how we can provide better support. Beat invite London-based Carers to join a focus group in London to discuss these issues. To share your experiences please contact Project Officer Sarah Ajayi on 01603 753310 or email transitions@b-eat.co.uk

 

Local Events

Community events and training near you

Stroke Club – Starts 6 July
Posted June 25, 2014 by Jo Palmer & filed under News.
Have you had a stroke? Need more support? Worried about your health? Come along…the stroke club starts on Friday July 4th. It will be a ‘Fact finding day’, and an opportunity for you to tell us what you want. Activities include: Art and Crafts Games, Quizzes, Yoga with Jenny Massage,  manicure or pedicure with Marva, Discussions & more Light refreshments. Book today.

Free training sessions for Southwark Patients & residents | 16 & 23 July
PPG Member Training: The role of Patients in shaping the NHS – this training session is for all patients involved with Locality and Practice Patient Participation Groups in Southwark. This session will cover: National NHS, NHS Southwark CCG, CCG engagement structures and Roles and skills of PPG members. Skills for successful meetings – this session will cover: Speaking up effectively in groups, Representing the views of others, How to influence agendas, Chairing a meeting and Dealing with difficult behaviour. Book today.

Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham Sexual Health Strategy Consultations | Game Changing in mental health | 17 July
This one day conference is designed to get the sports industry talking in greater detail about the importance of both mental health and building the mental resilience that professional athletes require in order to excel in their careers and beyond.
It will be of particular interest to coaches, medical professionals, player welfare officers and others involved in player welfare and performance in sport. 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 is a full-day training course, from 9.30-4.30#which includes lunch and CPD certification. Book today.

 

National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

 

NHS failures led to death of young boy
A three year-old boy died from a treatable condition because four separate NHS organisations made repeated mistakes in his treatment.
The family of Sam Morrish suffered a further injustice because the Primary Care Trust (PCT), NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay Cluster, failed to fully investigate the little boy’s death. Sam died from severe sepsis poisoning in December 2010.
An investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, published today upheld all of the family’s complaints. Read more.

Head Meds – spread the word!
Straight talk on mental health medication. HeadMeds is a new website, developed by YoungMinds, to provide young people with accessible, useful information about mental health medication. HeadMeds has been developed by pharmacology experts and young people, and has been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. HeadMeds provides answers to some of the difficult questions young people may have about their medication but feel uncomfortable asking their GP, such as ‘Will it affect my sex life?’ or ‘Can I drink with this medication?’. Read more.

Patient transport survey

Do you know someone who has used patient transport in the past 2 years? Transport for London have just launched their new campaign. Sick of Waiting! is the campaign for reliable, accessible patient transport for everyone who needs it. They want to hear stories from patient transport users. Please help them to promote the campaign survey – it takes just 5 minutes to fill in. Also please:

  • forward this email and the link to the online survey to anyone who may be concerned by patient transport
  • promote the survey on your facebook page, or at meetings and events

Access the survey here.

 

Engagement Manager post: Tower Hamlets Clinical commissioning Group (CCG) 

This is Engagement Manager post is a 1 year fixed term contract. Tower Hamlets CCG are currently recruiting for an Engagement Manager on a 1 year fixed term contract (this is a maternity cover post). Find out more on their website and apply today.

 

Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Spine-straightening device approved by NICE
A device that can straighten and lengthen curved spines in children, and reduce the need for repeat surgery, has been green-lit by NICE under new guidance – read more.

People with HIV must receive earlier diagnoses
Ensuring that people with HIV receive earlier diagnoses will reduce transmission and prevent thousands of further cases, according to NICE read more.

Thousands of strokes and deaths preventable from ‘silent killer’
Thousands of strokes and deaths due to atrial fibrillation could be prevented each year by ensuring patients receive effective anticoagulant drugs, according to updated guidance from 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.

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.


July wellbeing network reminder – 2-5.30pm, 16 July

The next wellbeing network event will take place from 2-5.30pm on 16 July at St Paul’s Church, Lorrimore Sq, London, SE17 3QU (nearest tube – Kennington). Pls find an agenda attached.

Wellbeing Network programme agenda- July 2014

We will hear from Dance United about their project to improve mental wellbeing through dance and their experience of measuring wellbeing using the Warwick Edinburgh mental wellbeing scale in their evaluation. Faiths Together in Lambeth will present their recent grant funded inter-faith health promotion work and Wheels for Wellbeing will talk about their work to help people cycle regardless of disability, health condition or age. There will be time for networking, discussions and tea/coffee.

To confirm your place and any special requirements, please email sreeja.nair@southwark.gov.uk

We look forward to meeting up to focus on practical projects that are helping to improve and maintain wellbeing in Lambeth and Southwark, share our experiences and encourage more action to promote wellbeing.

Best wishes,

Lucy

Lucy Smith
Public Health Manager – Mental Wellbeing
Lambeth & Southwark Public Health Directorate
London Borough of Southwark
1st Floor, Hub 2
PO Box 64529
London
SE1 5LX
Email – lucy.smith@southwark.gov.uk
Tel – 020 7525 7530
Mobile – 07733 307 539
Address for finding office location – 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ

Thanks to you all I have totally busted my fundraising target for theTri-together for Leonard Cheshire in August. I’m also doingBack to the Trenches on 21 September. A 10k muddy run in aid of Blesma. So, if you hadn’t yet donated then please give to this charity instead at https://www.justgiving.com/Lucy-Smith45


Young Carers Conference 2014

Saturday 14th June 15:00 – 17:00

We are pleased to invite you to the Southwark Young Carers Conference 2014, which will be held on 14th June at the Walworth Methodist Church main hall, 3-5pm.

A young carer is someone aged 25 or under who helps look after a relative because of their condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.

The majority of young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

Are you a young carer or do your children sometimes provide care? Would you like to find out about support available? Or are you looking for a fun afternoon out with your family?

Then come along to the Southwark Young Carers Conference, which will be held from 2-5pm in the main hall of the Walworth Methodist Church on 14th June 2014. As well as information stalls there will be free food from Nando’s, music from a former X factor star, a football skills performer and more entertainment for people of all ages.

If you’d like to come, we would appreciate it if you could let us know so we can prepare a goody bag and enter you into our prize draw.  Please call Ruth on 07477 105 741 to register your interest.

Via Matthew

 


Humiliating and demoralising face-to-face ‘fit for work’ assessment interviews, known as the Work Capability Assessment (WCA), could be scrapped following a report by experts which blamed the controversial tests for delays in processing benefit claims.

It is understood that the Department for Work and Pensions is exploring the possibility of replacing the WCA with a streamlined system, based upon written medical evidence acquired from claimants, their GP’s and consultants.

Critics of the face-to-face interviews argue that scrapping the WCA would lead to a speeding up of the process, fairer outcomes for sick and disabled people and savings for taxpayers, due to less appeals being lodged against negative decisions.

At long last, it now appears as if the DWP may agree. A spokesperson for the department told the Daily Record:

“Expediting the process will reduce the uncertainty faced by claimants, improve outcomes for those not eligible for employment and support allowance and reduce the consequent burden on taxpayers.”

The move comes after private firm Atos withdrew from a £500 million contract with the DWP, forcing the government to seek a new provider. The DWP continue to insist that the contract was terminated by the government.

Labour MP Tom Greatrex said:

“The WCA process hasn’t worked for years and the Government have failed to address it.

“The experience is demeaning, causes anxiety and 40 per cent of the tests are overturned on appeal which demonstrates it’s not fair or accurate.”

Via http://welfarenewsservice.com/face-to-face-fit-for-work-interviews-could-be-scrapped/


10 Facts About Benefits Britain

1)      A TUC survey showed that people think around 41% of benefits go to the unemployed, the real figure is 2.6%.

2)      42% of the Welfare Bill goes to pensioners, 21% goes to people in low paid work.

3)      Nearly 80% of JSA claimants stop claiming within 6 months.

4)      77% of people claiming unemployment benefits have one or two children.

5)      A TUC survey found that people think around 27% of welfare is lost to fraud – the real figure is only 0.7%, around £1.2 billion.

6)      £1.3 billion of benefits that people are entitled to goes unclaimed every year.

7)      Immigrants are 60% less likely to claim benefits than a British-born person.

8)      64% of families receive benefits – that’s 20.3 million families.

9)      The UK spends 12% less on benefits per head than France does, and 19% less compared to Germany.

10)  93% of new Housing Benefit claimants in 2010 and 2011 came from working people, as UK housing costs are the 3rd highest in Europe.

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Healthwatch Southwark enewsletter 7 Feb 2014

Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
Hello Supporter!We have lots of events and activities happening as the new year gets into full swing.

Healthwatch Southwark 1000 Lives events 

  • As part of the 1000 Lives engagement there will be two public events to share your story on Wed 12 Feb 11am – 5pm at the Thames Reach Employment Academy, 29 Peckham Road, SE5 8UA
  • and Tuesday 25 Feb 11am – 5pm at Inspire The Crypt at St Peters, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH

Healthwatch Southwark’s Public Forum – early March
Our next event on the 12th will focus on the experience of BAME groups accessing services in Southwark. Tell us what ideas would you like to put forward, what groups want to play a part in this and what issues should be considered when planning this event to support this community well to participate.
Contact us via info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk /
020 7358 7256.

What events do you have coming up?
Healthwatch Southwark and our Supporters want to know what public events you are planning, we want to get involved too! – Tell what you have coming up in the next few weeks / months so we can let our networks know: info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk / 020 7358 7256.

Best wishes,

The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo


Local News

Local news from across the community


Recent mother? Interested in being part of a patient committee to review a new protocol for mothers who undergo an elective caesarean – called an Enhanced Recovery Programme?

King’s College Hospital are conducting a research study on patients who will have an elective caesarean to see if enhanced recovery compared to normal recovery practice makes any difference to maternal satisfaction and care and costs. They are looking for patient and public representative to join a committee, to comment and review the protocol. If interested, please contact sec-chan@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk for more info.

New Older Adults Southwark Wellbeing Group For 65+

WPF Therapy are currently taking referrals for, this new wellbeing group. The group is for Southwark and will be run at WPF Therapy (London Bridge) on Monday mornings. We hope to start this exciting pilot project at the end of February. The groups (closed groups) will run for 10 weeks and will consist of themed sessions.  WPF Therapy will be running three groups and are currently taking referrals for the first group. We accept referrals from agencies / professionals and also self-referrals. Read more.

March 2014 public meetings: let your voice be heard
The NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Board Governing Body and Health and Wellbeing Board meetings are meeting in public which Healthwatch Supporters and members of the public can attend. Also Healthwatch Southwark also has a seat on both boards. If there is something that you think is important to say about health and social care contact the Healthwatch Team.
The next meetings will be:

  • NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Board Governing Body | 13 March 2014, 2-5.30pm, Tooley Street
  • Health and Wellbeing Board meetings | 24 March, 3-5pm, Room G01C, Tooley Street.

Find out more

Did you know about the Disability sports clubs in Southwark? 
These are weekly sport and physical activity sessions in Southwark for disabled people. Find out more about regular classes happening in your local area here.

Southwark Health and Wellbeing Board have a Blog for 1000 Lives – they want to hear your voice
Share your story on here and help to improve wellbeing in Southwark. We work together to make sure the people of Southwark are feeling as well and fit as possible. Access it here.

Helping over-50s return to work or take up self-employment
ROPES is a ‘train the trainers’ project which aims to extend the availability of quality information, advice and support to older people (aged 50+) seeking work by encouraging and supporting more organisations to assist older working age adults (50+) get the empathetic support they need to re-enter employment or become self-employed. Read more.

Access to Health Services in Southwark – Survey
Southwark Council has developed a survey for residents to tell us your views on the range of health and social care services provided in the borough, particularly your experience of accessing GP surgeries and Accident & Emergency. Access to services in Southwark is varied and with increased pressure on these services it is important to have services which truly deliver for our residents. Read more and access the survey.

Local Events

Community events and training near you


Self Advocacy Skills Training at CoolTan Arts | Feb 2014
CoolTan Arts are running a number of free self advocacy skills training workshops between the 11th and the 25th Feb. These include:  Understanding the Mental Health Act, The Five Ways to Wellbeing – Promoting Health and Wellbeing and What is Personalisation? How does it affect me/ my rights. Book today.

Patient Leadership Training | Wed 19 Feb
This free training session, by the NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group, (CCG) is for all patients involved with Locality and Practice Patient Participation Groups in Southwark. This session will cover: National NHS, NHS Southwark CCG, CCG engagement structures, Roles and skills of PPG members.
Book today.

Want to be involved in your GP practice & Clinical Commissioning Group work?
NHS Southwark CCG will be running a series of training sessions over the coming weeks for local people who are or want to be involved in the work of their GP practice and the Clinical Commissioning Group:

The patient role in shaping the NHS | Wed 19 Feb

If you are involved with your GP practice (or want to be) and want to understand about how the NHS in Southwark is working to involve patients and how to be part of it, join this session. Hear about national and local structures and how the patient voice is involved in developing local services. Read more

Skills for successful meetings | 25 Feb & 26 March
To help patients enhance their skills and confidence about participating in groups and meetings we are running this session (same session on two different dates). If you are involved with your local practice (or want to be) this session can help you to develop skills to have productive meetings. Read more.

SCYSS Forum and  Sickle Cell Know the Basics event

Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors course – Sickle Cell Know the Basics | Sat 22 Feb

This course introduces the participants to the basics of sickle cell disease. It looks at how it is inherited, its symptoms and its effects on children and young people.

SCYSS Parents/Carers Forum | Sat 28 Feb
Join us to socialize, share our experiences and explore how hospitals can improve access to scanning services.
Read more and register on these events

Mental Health and Street Gangs’ workshop | Thurs 26 Feb

This workshop will focus on the mental health needs of young people involved in street gangs, the associated risks and how these can be assessed and managed. In order to do so we will consider what a gang is and what it means to be a member. Join us to be better equipped and informed on this challenging and important subject. Book today.

Can’t see a GP or nurse when you need to? | Thurs 26 Feb

Help NHS Southwark CCG to improve access to urgent care across the borough. Join us to discuss plans for these services and share your opinions. This event on the 26 February will build on previous conversations with local people and help to  further develop plans for the future. Book your place.

Mental Health Act event for service users and carers | Thurs 13 March
South London and Maudsley and NHS Foundation Trust are running this event. The event will: jargon bust the MHA, Untangle the maze of confidentiality, grasp the nearest relative role, understand the sectioning process, learn how to secure patient rights.
To book contact Bob Lepper on 020 32282588 or email Robert.lepper@slam.nhs.uk. Read more

Patient Leadership Training | Wed 19 Feb
First in a series of sessions for patients who are involved in their Patient Participation Group’s at their GP practice.  Get in the know of and book your FREE place here.

 

National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

Bowel Cancer UK Over 65 research project – calling for your views and experiences
Bowel Cancer UK is running a survey to gather the views and experiences of people aged over 65 who have been diagnosed with bowel cancer, as well their carers, family members and friends. This will be used to inform a report that we will be published this year which will highlight the various issues that exist for people over the age of 65 with bowel cancer.
The survey is now live, access the link here.

Invite Supporting family carers of people with dementia – DAA The Carers’ Call to Action
Please sign up and support the Dementia Action Alliance – The Carers’ Call to Action. DAA have 5 aims in ‘our shared vision’ to support the needs and rights for family carers. DAA will be supporting everybody, working in partnership across all organisational boundaries, to ask the right questions, explore examples of good practice and find solutions to address the needs and rights for family carers of people with dementia.
Sign up today.

Patient Data to be collected from GPs
The NHS in England is to start collecting data on patient care by GPs for the first time. Hospital data is already collected but the NHS says extending the initiative to general practice will create a fuller picture. Leaflets explaining the scheme, and how people can opt out, are being sent to 26.5 million households.
Personal details will not normally be shared outside the NHS but some approved medical researchers may have access, in some circumstances. Anyone who does not want their information used can talk to their GP and those who have questions about how the data will be used can call 0300 456 3531.

NHS England London Region invite to help shape commissioning – Opportunities to be involved
NHS England London Region is pleased to invite you to be a part of shaping the way we commission our directly commissioned health services. We have opportunities to participate in the following activities. Procurement Project Team Members for Redbridge & Tower Hamlets, a reading Group, a procurement Project Team. Read more

Free friendship phone service for older people launched
A free 24-hour dedicated helpline for older people across the UK has been launched. ‘The Silver Line’ aims to combat loneliness in the over-65s by providing friendship, information and advice through calls to trained volunteers. Read more.


HAVE YOUR SAY…Leadership Alliance for Care of Dying People – deadline Fri 31 Jan

LACDP is seeking the views of patients, families and carers, professionals and organisations as part of a planned system-wide response to the recommendations contained in More Care, Less Pathway, the independent report on the Liverpool Care Pathway. This focuses on a set of desired outcomes and guiding principles that will describe what high quality care for people should be in the last days/ hours of life. Read more and access the survey.

 


Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Take Have your say on a vision for an enhanced BNF – Read more.

First NICE Medtech Innovation Briefings published – Read more.

Preventing chronic conditions among ethnic minorities and improving access to services – guidelines published – Read them here.


National events

Latest events from across the country

Train the Trainer: Breast Health Promotion course | wed 5 & Thurs 6 March
This accredited course is ideal for anyone promoting health and wellbeing messages in the community. It’s designed to give trainees the confidence and skills to cascade the breast awareness message. It includes how to be breast aware, the breast screening programme and breast cancer risk factors as well as how to help overcome barriers to accessing health service. Read more.

Medicine and Me: Living with diabetic eye disease | Fri 21 March
‘Medicine and Me’ meetings aim to provide a forum in which patients’ concerns about their illness are given top priority. The meetings provide an opportunity for patients and their families to share their experiences, to hear about the latest research and to question the experts.
These meetings bring together patients, their families, carers, advocates, patient support groups, clinicians and researchers to discuss care and research issues. Book today.

Register today for your ticket to attend the NICE Annual Conference | 13-14 May
The NICE annual conference is being held from the 13-14 May in the ICC in Birmingham. There is an early bird price offer if you book your place before the 14th March. Read more.