Healthwatch Lewisham July Newsletter

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Upbeat 14, July 2014

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Healthwatch Lewisham aims to discover and champion the local community’s honest views about their health and social care services.

We present those views and feedback to service providers, commissioners and local decision makers in order to help improve services.

We are also a signposting service – helping you to find out what health and social care services are available locally.

 

Healthwatch Lewisham News

Healthwatch Lewisham awarded Outstanding Collaborative Project 

Healthwatch Lewisham along with 5 other South East London local watchdogs has won the award for Outstanding Collaborative Project at the national Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2014.
click HERE for the press release.

Healthwatch Lewisham received two awards.  Our very own Denver Garrison won the award for Outstanding Healthwatch Volunteer and the South East London Healthwatch Network, The South East London Six won the award for the Outstanding Collaborative Project.

Denver said “I am pleasantly surprised to have won Healthwatch Volunteer of The Year 2014.
My journey with Healthwatch Lewisham began back in October 2013, when I saw one of their leaflets at my GP Surgery.

I read the flyer/leaflet, was impressed by what they do and why, and was really keen to get involved. When I got to the end of reading the flyer/leaflet, I read ‘would like to volunteer…’ and I got in touch immediately!

Since November 2013, I have been part of the Reference Groups, do Outreach work with the Lewisham Home Library service, am a trained Enter and View Representative, as well as being part of the Data Analysis Group.

I am really enjoying volunteering with Healthwatch Lewisham. It has given me confidence, and confirmation that my career change last year was the right one – I hope to go into Public Health in the future.

Special thanks to Miriam for nominating me! Thanks to Jade, Gary, and Simone, and  the volunteers I work alongside with in Data Workshops and at Engagement events and Forums.”

Enablement and Integrated Care

A vibrant event for community healthcare appreciative inquiry
What do we want? When do want it? How?

The best community healthcare is delivered by well trained and well paid staff, who are well supported and who have the time to offer patient cent red services, concluded an inquiry into community healthcare in Lewisham. It is also holistic, taking into account many aspects of the patient’s life and health. Central to successful delivery is cooperation between services, the voluntary sector and the community.

An Appreciative Inquiry was held on Saturday 28th of June to look at what excellent care looks like.

The Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign with Lewisham Healthwatch have been researching examples of excellent and good community care with the aim of supporting the best in and out of hospital care in the borough. Over 100 stories had been gathered from users, clinicians and managers to find out from people’s personal experience what are the key features, the magic ingredients that make good community healthcare so valuable.

You can read a summary report of the Appreciative Inquiry which includes key messages, themes and photos of the day HERE.

The Inquiry was presented to Commissioners South East London Commissioning Strategy Programme and Lewisham CCG at Healthwatch Lewisham’s fourth Your Voice Counts Event on the 29th of July. It was a success with over 60 people attending the day to talk about community health care and the South East London Commissioning Strategy Programme.

Local commissioners and programme staff attended to listen to local people’s views and experiences and engage the people of Lewisham in decision making around healthcare in the area. The resource pack from the day is now available on our website.

Mental health scheme to help Lewisham’s pupils ‘before they fall’

As mentioned previously Healthwatch is a partner in Lewisham’s bid for the ‘Fulfilling Lives: HeadStart Programme’. We now know that the bid was successful.

This  new mental health project will help school pupils in London to deal with their problems and worries after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s £75m HeadStart programme.
The development funding means that pupils in Lewisham will take part in a pilot project in the new school year. The local partnership will use this pilot to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding. for more details click HERE

Healthwatch Lewisham’s  local inquiry into discharge processes

Thank You !!

Our inquiry is now complete so a big thank you to all our supporters from the Voluntary and Community Sector for their participation especially the service users. We will publish our findings in the next bulletin.

A response to the Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth Sexual Health Strategy

This is the joint response of Healthwatch Lambeth, Healthwatch Southwark and Healthwatch Lewisham. In each borough, the local Healthwatch is the independent voice of consumers of health and social care services.

In preparing this response, we have drawn on the experience of local Healthwatch members, who include both individuals and community organisations. We have also done some outreach work on sexual health among the public and professionals.

You may download the consultation as well as the response HERE… please note the consultation ends 31.07.2014

Local Health & Social Care News
Lewisham People’s Day 

“evening all”

Families came to the Healthwatch Stall to give their feedback about the local health and social care services in Lewisham. It wasn’t just adults that wanted to share their experiences, children also had the opportunity to tell us what they think. While mum was completing a feedback form we asked these two girls to draw us a picture of the services they use and to explain what they liked or didn’t like about their doctor or dentist. Both had good things to say this time!

If you work with a group of children or young people and would like to invite Healthwatch Lewisham along to engage with your group, please email: simone@healthwatchlewisham.co.uk

Living in Lewisham, caring for someone and not receiving any funded services

Then please call us on the number below to enquire if we are able to help you.  We have received funding for our self-referral service from Merchant Taylors’ Company to support carers living in the London Borough of Lewisham only who are not receiving any statutory funded services (Including Direct Payments/Individual Budgets)

Carers experience many different caring situations and you could be someone looking after a child/young person with a disability, caring for an elderly parent, supporting a partner or a neighbor or supporting a friend who may not have any extended family.

Carers often suffer ill-health due to their caring role. To support and maintain their own physical and mental health and well-being we can offer some much needed respite to support the person being cared and to make the carer’s role more manageable.

For further information about our self-referral service please contact
Sharon Hutton (Care Manager) on 01322 346979 or 07903 517253 or email on s.hutton@ccsel.org

Local Health & Social Care News

Mental health workers to help Met Police on call-outs

Police are to be given access to specialist staff 24 hours, seven-days-a-week, to support people with mental health problems.  A new one-year pilot scheme will be trialed by Met officers in Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon and Southwark.

Click HERE for details

Sydenham Gardens examples of good practice 

Sydenham Garden is an award-winning charity providing gardening, nature conservation & creative opportunities for the well-being of local residents. Click on the links below for evaluations of their excellent work.

Annual evaluation of Dementia sessions (Sow & Grow) 2013/14
Annual evaluation of Adult Mental Health Gardening Groups 2013/14

Lewisham Mental Health Connection..News of their launch Party

Over 150 guests, both service users and staff members, enjoyed barbecue food and drinks, animal therapy provided by Animal Days Out,  indoor and outdoor games, art therapy and music.

See the Quo Vadis Trust website and the Equinox Care website for more details.
Please also visit the launch party gallery in meetup

Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2014 – register your place
Quo Vadis Trust and Equinox Care are co-sponsoring the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2014, supported by Voluntary Action Lewisham. The conference is on Thursday 11th September at the Lewisham Civic Centre, 9.30am to 4pm. The conference theme is “connect, collaborate, celebrate” – the aim is to make the best use of available resources for mental health provision in Lewisham, benefiting both providers and service users.
Register today: mental health service users, commissioners, voluntary agencies and other providers are invited to register for a conference pass. For the full speaker line up, please visit the conference page on Eventbrite. A choice of 8 mental health workshops will be offered to delegates, offering a range of learning and interactive opportunities – registered delegates will be contacted by email prior to the conference in September, with details of workshops to choose from at the event.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Tarrant (charlotte.tarrant@equinoxcare.org.uk) or Natasha Kapadia (natasha.kapadia@equinoxcare.org.uk).

Click HERE for the Eventbrite link

IAPT Self Confidence Workshops for women

IAPT Lewisham will be holding Self- Confidence workshops over the next 6 weeks in September.

The self-confidence group starting in September will be held at 37 Marvels Lane Health Centre, Grove Park, SE12 9PN

The course is for 6 weeks and it will run from 11am-1pm – dates are listed below.

Tues 9th September
Tues 16th September
Tues 23rd September
Tues 30th September
Tues 7th October
Tues 14th October

The sessions aim to explore issues and develop skills related to:
Low mood and life pressure,
Stress and work
Heritage and identity,
Gender identity – what it means to be a woman,
Anger and assertiveness,
Relationships and communication,
Relaxation and healthy lifestyles.

Who is eligible:
1) Women aged 18 or above
2) Women experiencing any of the above

For more information please contact
mala.halai@slam.nhs.uk
Local Advice for London

This is a new site containing borough by borough social welfare resources click HERE for the Lewisham site

Working with Men

Working with Men is a specialist charity supporting positive male activity, engagement and involvement. The Young Father’s Initiative aims to remove the barriers that currently inhibit young fathers’ involvement in family life, to ensure that young fathers are informed and have the skills required to father their children well, to support children’s development, by supporting the active involvement of young fathers. WWM also provide professionals with information, advice and training to develop their work with young fathers.

The Expectant Father programme (EFP) is the longest running fully evaluated course of its kind and is only available through Working with Men. The one day course is an opportunity for men to reflect on the changes they will be going through whilst looking at the impact that a baby will have on their lives. The sessions are skills and discussion based, encouraging personal experience with demonstrations and exercises used to provoke reactions.

The programme consists of a 1 day course on a Saturday 10am-4pm thus making it more accessible for working expectant fathers. The programme is based on several theories including social learning; attachment and knowledge of child development, it is built around practical and reflective sessions, such as bathing and changing the baby with an emphasis on understanding both the importance of bonding and of being a father/ role model.

Contact: Anthony Graham 020 7237 5353 / 07810 789 294
Website: www.workingwithmen.org
Follow us: @workingwithmen1
Facebook: Working with men Facebook

Carers Lewisham – Young Carers Service

Click HERE for the latest flyer explaining the Young Carers Service

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust seeking to appoint a Non-executive Director

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director of Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

The Trust is responsible for providing services to the London Boroughs of Lewisham, the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Bexley. We comprise University Hospital Lewisham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and a number of community settings across Lewisham.

In preparation for becoming an NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust is seeking to appoint a Non-executive Director to its board.

For full details click HERE

NHS Bowel Cancer Screening 40.63% take up rate in Lewisham

More than 40,000 men and women are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. The lifetime risk of developing bowel cancer is 1/14 for men and 1/19 for women, with 80% of cancers diagnosed in people over 60 years of age. The NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invites people 60-74 years of age, to complete the Faecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT), in the comfort of their own home (also known as ‘poo test’). Most people who adequately complete and return the test kit will receive a negative result (not blood found in the sample) and be invited again in two years.  A positive test is not a diagnosis of cancer but a sign for further investigation. Information about the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can be found in many languages here http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/bowel/

In Lewisham, 5204 out of the 12893 people invited in 2013 were adequately screened. This is a 40.63% uptake rate compared to the 60% target set by the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes. Challenges to FOBT uptake include social taboos around sampling faeces, a perceived hygienic risk, not understanding the instructions, and fear of consequences of positive results, according to a study published recently in the British Journal of Cancer. Read the study here http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v110/n7/full/bjc2014125a.html

Health professionals and the public may call 0800 707 6060 to request general programme information, instructions for completing the FOBT, replacement test kits, or order a test kit if they are over 74 years of age.

Service moves proposals at King’s College Hospital

• Elective inpatient orthopaedic surgery with the exception of paediatrics, limb reconstruction and complex procedures to be transferred from Denmark Hill to Orpington
• Elective inpatient gynaecology surgery from Denmark Hill to the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)
• Non-complex cataract surgery to be transferred from Denmark Hill and PRUH to an expanded cataract facility at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup (QMH)

For details of proposals and rationale for proposed moves of some services from Denmark Hill click HERE

South London and Maudsley psychiatric board to be investigated 

 

The board of an NHS foundation trust which delivers psychiatric care in south London is to be investigated.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s board will be reviewed by health regulator Monitor.

For details click HERE

Londoners sought to be part of a new scrutiny panel

London Patients Voice (LPV) are currently recruiting a chair and up to 11 members to sit on a new London-wide group – London Patients Voice.The recruitment is being led by the Centre for Public Scrutiny please see the CfPS website for further information click HERE

National Health and Social Care News

 

Help us now – sign and share our petition to fight cuts to children and young people’s mental health services

Thousands of children and young people are under pressure and suffering everyday but can’t get the help they desperately need because mental health services are being cut across the country.

Please act now to stop children and young people’s mental health services from being cut.

Click HERE for more information and to sign the petition

See the Child Change the System

Children’s charity, Kids Company, this week launches a campaign called See the Child Change the System, which aims to rethink children’s social care and mental health services. The public are being asked to text or sign an online petition to put pressure on politicians to make lasting changes. Kids Company will announce a taskforce to create a completely new service structure in which children’s social care and child mental health services are brought together and the key for recovery is attachment to carers, which generates resilience. For details click HERE

NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
A new film commissioned by the NICE collaborating centre for social care will help organisations and people use the quality standard on mental wellbeing of older people

Click HERE to see the video

Wheel of well being site  NOW LIVE!

Friday the 11th of July 2014 marked the launch of the wheel of Well-being website. More and more research is showing us how certain positive actions can improve our mood, reduce risk of depression, strengthen our relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives.

At the heart of the Wheel of Well-being is the  website, a practical collection of free tips, tools, activities and ideas – from a DIY Happiness game to promote well-being at community events, to a Happier at Work programme to improve well-being in the workplace.

Consumer guides to making complaints about health and social care

Healthwatch England has published complaints guides for CAB’s for people wanting to make a complaint  about a health and social care service.
Click HERE for further information

Raising concerns about a nurse or midwife

Click HERE to see a leaflet from the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It describes what you can do if you are unhappy about the care you have received or witnesssed

London Regional Team Participation Opportunities

Over 65, carers, BME and LTC GP Focus group places available

The transformation of London’s general practice services is an agreed priority for the NHS in London. To help to understand the needs of patients and carers across London we are holding a series of focus groups with different community groups, patient groups, and users of GP services to help us understand the full range of needs.

A range of charities are also helping us run focus groups with particular groups of people such as people with sensory impairments, people with Alzheimer’s, Young people and people who are homeless, participants for these focus groups will be recruited separately by the charities who will work with us to ensure people are enabled and empowered to take part in the focus group.
If you would like to take part in any of the focus groups listed in this bulletin, please email s.frater@nhs.net or telephone us: (please note our numbers are changing , we apologies for any inconvenience caused)

0207 932 3196 until the 11th July and,
0113 807 0481 from the 14th July onwards
Travel expenses will be available for more details click HERE

Transport for all
 

Sick of Waiting – a new campaign on patient transport

Transport for All are asking for feedback about patient transport.
Click HERE for more information and to take part in the survey.

The GMC are holding a consultation event

One of our (GMC) key roles as a regulator is to investigate concerns about doctors and where necessary take action to protect patients.  That action includes issuing sanctions. These can take many forms. In serious cases where we find a doctor’s practice is impaired and we need to safeguard patients, we can erase that doctor from the register or suspend them from practice for a period of time. In less serious cases, we can issue warnings, which encourage doctors to change their behavior, or conditions, which restrict the way that a doctor practices (by requiring them to be supervised, for example).

We need to ensure these sanctions and the way that we apply them continue to meet the public’s expectations of how we should act as a regulator. We also need help from patients and doctors to consider a number of questions, including:

  • which types of allegations should result in the most serious sanctions?
  • Should a doctor always have the right to remediate?
  • Should we require doctors who have harmed patients to apologise?

We want to speak to a wide range of patients and patient groups, such as Healthwatch. The session would last up to two hours and would involve us explaining the consultation and getting your views.

Come along and have your say

Thursday 30 October at 12am–4.30pm
At General Medical Council London offices, Regent’s Place,
350 Euston Road, London NW1 3JN

12am–3.15pm: General Medical Council consultation event (Lunch included)
3.15–4.30pm: Healthwatch London meeting

For a place please contact George Bream:
Georgina.Bream@healthwatch.co.uk.

Don’t tell me the mental health system isn’t in crisis – I’ve been in it 

Vulnerable people like me are being put at risk by cuts to essential services, and I’ve already given up trying to get support

Read this article about the state of the mental health system by Sue Bailey, outgoing president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Click HERE

True costs of Mental Health

A new book entitled “Thrive” by Richard Layard and David M Clark examines the true costs of Mental Health and promotes the efficacy of psychological treatments.

Click HERE for the Independent’s book review

National Survivor User Network

NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

Lots of interesting articles in their latest newsletter click HERE
or see their website HERE

Use the links below for some very useful information from SLaM

Crisis leaflet for self harm
What to do in a mental health crisis
Slam’s work on personality disorder services

Let’s B Well is a community resources website aimed at providing information to people with mental illness, their carers and other healthcare professionals in the South East London area. Our information is updated regularly. We are funded by charitable organisations, primarily NHS’s Maudsley Charity.

Service moves proposals at King’s College Hospital

  • Elective inpatient orthopaedic surgery with the exception of paediatrics, limb reconstruction and complex procedures to be transferred from Denmark Hill to Orpington
    • Elective inpatient gynaecology surgery from Denmark Hill to the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)
    • Non-complex cataract surgery to be transferred from Denmark Hill and PRUH to an expanded cataract facility at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup (QMH)For details of proposals and rationale for proposed moves of some services from Denmark Hill click HERE

    South London and Maudsley psychiatric board to be investigated 

 

The board of an NHS foundation trust which delivers psychiatric care in south London is to be investigated.

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s board will be reviewed by health regulator Monitor.

For details click HERE

Londoners sought to be part of a new scrutiny panel

London Patients Voice (LPV) are currently recruiting a chair and up to 11 members to sit on a new London-wide group – London Patients Voice.The recruitment is being led by the Centre for Public Scrutiny please see the CfPS website for further information click HERE

Stay Connected

You can stay connected with Healthwatch Lewisham on Twitter or Facebook, by visiting our website, or by emailing us directly at info@healthwatchlewisham.co.uk. If you would like to speak to someone in person please call our office on 020 7998 7796.


Healthwatch Southwark enewsletter 26 Feb 2014

  Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
  Hello Supporter!1000 Lives – let’s talk about your health and wellbeing

As you know, Healthwatch Southwark has collecting health stories for the 1000 Lives piece of engagement work, read more here:

We have been busy working with a variety of organisations, do you want to get involved?
If you have a health story to tell about accessing your GP, a Mental Health Service, Sexual Health Service or if you no longer have a personal budget – we particularly want to hear from you!

Contact Chip: Chithmini@casouhtwark.org.uk / 020 7358 7256

Delayed roll out of Care.Data Programme

NHS England have agreed to delay the roll out. This follows on from local concerns raised through local Healthwatchs to Healthwatch England, with Healthwatch England writing a letter to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Exec of NHS England.

Read more in ‘Local news’ below.

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo


Representation Update

 

Alvin Kinch, Healthwatch Southwark Manager, has attended many meetings across health and social care with the latest representation report available now on our website here (click on ‘Representation’).

We are also pleased to say that David Cooper and Chipo Maendesa have taken up two of these roles. Watch out for their rep reports in the near future.

Board Recruitment update
We had a good response to our call for new Healthwatch Southwark Board members including the recruitment of Chair for Healthwatch. Look out for further news on our progress in the next few weeks!

Upcoming Meetings in Public


Local News

Local news from across the community

NHS England announces hiatus over fears patients are in the dark

Top clinical bodies have blasted the plans to share medical records (via their Care.Data Programme). NHS says it wants to improve ‘understanding’ of the scheme.
Controversial plans to share medical records will be delayed until later this year ‘to allow more time to build understanding of the benefits of using the information’, health officials have said.
Pressure has been mounting on NHS England, the body behind the scheme, after doctors leaders said patients need to know how their data will be used outside the NHS. Read more.

NHS Care.Data programme – Healthwatch’s response
You may have seen headlines BBC online  Daily Mirror last week stating that NHS England have agreed to delay the roll out of care.data until  the Autumn instead of April 2014. This follows on from local concerns raised through local Healthwatchs to Healthwatch England, with Healthwatch England writing a letter to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Exec of NHS England, and media pressure from us and other orgs over the last fortnight calling for the delay.

Thank you to all who raised your concerns about this programme with us. Without this evidence we/Healthwatch England wouldn’t have been able to exercise our statutory powers and force the NHS to listen to what patients and the public had to say.

Summary:
From April 2014, NHS England were due to roll out their data collection programme called care.data. It aimed to compile a central anonymised database by taking records from GP Practices and linking them with hospital records. Currently, information has been available from hospitals, but not what happens in GP surgeries. By collecting and linking this information, it would help to assess disease, examine new drugs  and other performance monitoring areas.

Improving health services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas – update!
In September last year we agreed plans for a new health centre in the south of the borough, serving Dulwich and the surrounding areas, and our preferred location is the Dulwich Hospital site. The health centre will be a base for the provision of a wide range of health services in the community, especially for people with long term conditions. To be added to the stakeholder database contact SOUCCG.southwark-ccg@nhs.net. Read more.

Pharmacy notification
Relocation of Pharmacy  DP and SP Ltd (Mr PH Patel) from 309 East Street to 303 East Street, London, SE 17 2SZ. There will be no significant change in services. To make any comments or to find further information click here (and scroll down to Pharmacy news).

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.
Call 0203 299 7601 for more information.

The Bowel Cancer Screening team at Kings College Hospital will be hosting a number of Health Promotion sessions in the Golden Jubilee Wing at Kings College Hospital on 1st, 8th, 22nd and 28th April from 0900-1200. Please come along.

Finally, if anyone would like to arrange for us to come and have a chat or hold a short discussion, please contact us. Find out more

New exhibition – Rainbow Through the Lens | 25 Feb – 7 March
For LGBT History Month 2014, HERON’s South East London Photography group (SELPh) has collaborated with Four in Ten for this new exhibition a photographic exhibition by members of Four in Ten, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Peer Support Group of South London and Maudsley NHS (SLaM) takes place at the Morley Gallery at Morley College.
This exhibition brings together a collection of images taken over the summer of 2013 around themes of identity, wellbeing, light and places of tranquillity. Find out more.

Walk leaders and researchers needed for new walks project in Southwark
CoolWalks is a wellbeing public walks project in association with Southwark Libraries and CoolTan Arts running from February until June 2014. The libraries involved are: Camberwell, Blue Anchor, Brandon, Grove Vale and Newington.
We are looking for volunteers to research the walks, plan the routes, contribute to our blog and train as walk leaders. If you are interested in researching local history, photography, blogging or graphic design please get in touch. CoolTan Arts offer free walk leader training to all participants. Find out more.

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.

 
   
Local Events

Community events and training near you

Blackfriar’ Settlements’ Feb Job Skills and Career Month
Following on from the success of the UK Online healthy living days, Blackfriars are holding an ongoing February Job Skills and Career month. These sessions are available to anybody. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, see what’s out there and get some expert advice. Find out more

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.

Blackfriars  Settlement events | Mon 3 March
Personaliasation – general information day
It is open to everyone to attend. It will be an event for organisations to inform everyone about what they do with regards to Personalisation as well as a general day of fun and refreshments. Attached is the flyer with all the information for the event.

Access Network event | Thurs 6 March
This is at 1:30-2:30 at the resource centre SDA, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Focus: Sports Inclusion.
Details: – vision to provide a place where people with seen and unseen disabilies can find out about accessible venues, products and services, provide a forum for people to air their views on access and find solutions to problems whether that be an issue with transport, housing, public services or just attitudes. Read more.

Free Money Advice
Tuesday 9am – 1pm, at Southwark Resource Centre with Leonard Cheshire. Money advice including setting up your own business -0845 671 7173 mobile 07951 530 032 Find out more: www.lcdisability.org/southwarkadvice

Mental Health Act event for service users and carers | Tues 11 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

Southwark Pensioners Forum – Date of next meeting | Thurs 20 March
This event will run from 1.30 PM TO 3.30 PM (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME!!). A sandwich lunch will be provided.
Getting the best from your medicines
Catherine Nestor, Interim Communications Manager at NHS London Commissioning Support Unit, will talk together with a Community Pharmacist on how to ‘Get the best from your medicines’. This is to be held at InSpire at the Crypt, Liverpool Grove, St Peter’s Church.
Come along and find out how to make your medicines work for you!. Read more.

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 CCG:
Skills for successful meetings | 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.

Free Self-advocacy skills training CoolTan Arts | March 2014

  • 4 March Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits? 11-1pm
  • 5 March World Read Aloud Day 2-4pm
  • 6 March International Women’s Day 1-6pm
  • 11 March How to Develop your Self Esteem 11-1pm
  • 18 March Panic Attacks by Karen Unrue 11-1pm
  • 20 March Guest Speaker (watch this space!) 2-4pm
  • 25 March Managing your Anxiety Part 1; 11-1pm
  • 27 March Housing benefits, under-occupancy rules & mental health with Sally Causer, Citizens Advice Bureau – 2-4pm.

Find out more

 
 
  National News
 

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

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.
The Older People Partnership Board, which Healthwatch attends, is hoping to set up a local dementia alliance initiative, If  interested contact info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk.

Sign up today.

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


Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

NICE recommends NHS funding for new cancer treatment – read more

Keeping communities healthy through NHS Health Checks – read more

NICE delivers “wake-up call” to NHS on domestic violence –
read more

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


National events

Latest events from across the country

This Mental Health and Faith Communities
and launch of the Friendly Places Pledge
| 4 March NCVO

We believe there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of those with mental health problems, both within their own congregations and in the wider community. We invite you to join us to explore mental health in the context of faith communities; Raise awareness of how faith communities can respond to mental health issues; Launch the Friendly Places Pledge; and Highlight existing good practice. Book today.

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 14 March. Book today.


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.


Supporters Club Open Meetings – Monday 10th February & Monday 3rd March

Hello all,

I would like to let you know about two Open Meetings at the Supporters Club that is for anyone to attend.   Please see the attached flyer.

7 Open Meetings Feb & March 2014

As you may know, the Supporters Club is centred around Personalisation, Personal Budgets and Support Plans; including information, wellbeing  and life planning.

The first meeting on Monday 10th February is all about Personal Assistants and will be delivered by Barbara Wilson, Self Directed Support Coordinator from Age Uk.  Barbara will be explaining all the ins and outs of Personal Assistants.   There will also be NHS Health Ambassadors from Kings College Hospital that will be on hand to signpost and answer individuals questions.

On the 3rd March there is an General Information – Open Meeting Day where there will be a mix of information and services for everyone.  More information on this is to follow.

I would be grateful if you can spread the word about the two meetings and distribute the attached flyer to anyone you know.

Thank you for your help and support.

Kind regards to you all.

Look forward to working together in 2014.

Valerie Oldfield

valerie.oldfield@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk

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Supporters Club Facilitator

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Kate Hoey “furious” about plans to merge local hospitals

Vauxhall Labour MP Kate Hoey has launched a blistering attack on plans to create the biggest NHS trust in England by merging Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals with King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley mental health trust.

Speaking in a Commons debate on transparency in the NHS on Thursday afternoon, Ms Hoey said: “What has been called the King’s Health Partners has sought to bring together the research work at King’s College medical school with others, and the body is now growing to be almost an entity in itself, making decisions, sending out publicity and getting further and further away from the foundation trust.”

She added: “One thing the King’s Health Partners are doing in the name of foundation trusts is steamrolling ahead to bring about a merger of Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospitals, which is a huge trust, King’s College Hospital, which is another huge trust, and the South London and Maudsley trust. It is believed that the merger will somehow lead to a “world-class” – I do not know how many times members have heard the term – hospital.

“I am furious and angry – as are, I think, all five of the MPs representing the area – at how this merger has been handled.

“The lack of openness has been appalling and there has been no public board meetings or disclosure of information about the proposed changes. The proposals have been either badly put forward or not put forward at all.

“The board at Guy’s and St Thomas’ has an occasional surreal meeting as a showcase for public involvement, but it never discusses the real issues. It opens meetings for the public only when it suits the board.”

Ms Hoey said she had recently received a letter from their chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’, Sir Hugh Taylor, who “wrote to say that the project is forging ahead with a full business case”.

“William McKee, who brought together trusts in Northern Ireland, has been appointed and we are told that he is going to spend at least £5 million to bring about the business case to show why this will be such a wonderful idea,” said the MP.

Simon Hughes and I have written back asking who is actively responsible, how the money from the different bodies is being allocated, what the precise budget will be and how it will be spent by whom. The whole accountability thing is there in a nutshell. Who is actually accountable?

“Does the Secretary of State have any say whatsoever? No. Apparently he is only interested if the move will clearly not be good for patients in clinical terms.

“I know that the establishment of such a large trust will be totally against the interests of people. Trusts cannot operate on such a large scale. One chief nurse cannot be responsible for all those hospitals.”

Health think tank The King’s Fund recently carried out a review of the merger proposals. It warned that if the merger does not proceed then the status quo may be unsustainable as the pressures on the NHS increase. The report also noted that the anticipated benefits of the merger needed to be better explained in order for local stakeholders to feel confident that they would be achieved.

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Kate Hoey MP urges caution on hospital super-merger plan

Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey has appealed for caution on plans for a super-merger between Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospitals, King’s College Hospital and local mental heath services.

The MP was speaking at the annual public meeting of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust held on Wednesday evening at St Thomas’ Hospital.

This summer King’s Health Partners – the umbrella group for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London – said that the organisations could merge as soon as 2014.

“All five of the members of Parliament across Southwark and Lambeth have written to the [trust] chief executives expressing our concern not just at the way this has been handled but also asking for some very careful consideration as to whether a merger … is really the way forward to achieve what we all want to see,” Kate Hoey told the public meeting.

“I’m not interested in being the world’s most famous international academic centre of excellence. I’m interested in what is happening to the people I represent in Lambeth and the people other members of Parliament represent in Lambeth and Southwark.

“I would urge a little bit of caution … this is not something that should be rushed into.

“It is not something that should be led by the academics … this should be led by the hospitals and you have to engage with the community.”

She added: “The community has not been involved in any way whatsoever.”

To applause, Ms Hoey concluded: “On behalf of all the other MPs, we will not allow this merger to happen unless we are absolutely clear that it is really going to benefit the people we represent and the wider interests of the National Health Service.”

Sir Hugh Taylor, chairman of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust replied: “None of this is going to happen in haste. We’ve a long way to go until a concrete decision is taken to go in this direction.

“We’ve effectively manoeuvred ourselves into a position where all the King’s Health Partners – the local trusts and the university – see, as we set out in the strategic outline case, potential benefits of doing this but I recognise that these have got to be articulated much more crisply and explicitly in terms of benefits to local patients.”

He added: “Kate’s words of caution are well taken. They are echoed in the council of governors and they are echoed in our board. We are not running headlong into this with our eyes closed but we do see potential benefits.”

The Vauxhall Labour MP also questioned hospital bosses about their plans to hand over the running of the outpatient pharmacy service to Sainsbury’s, describing the move as “the thin end of the wedge”.

Sir Hugh said: “I think it is important to remind colleagues that local pharmacy services in the NHS have been provided by retail providers and pharmacists since the inception of the NHS. There’s nothing new about organisations outside the NHS providing pharmacy services.

“The reasons we have made this decision are partly financial. We expect to make, between ourselves and the commissioners, a saving of around £3 million as a result of doing this because of the different treatment for VAT purposes of local pharmacy providers and hospital pharmacy providers.”

He said patients would also benefit from longer pharmacy opening hours and a wider range of services as a result of the new arrangements.

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King’s Health Partners: hospital merger could be completed in 2014

Plans to merge Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust with King’s College Hospital and the South London and Maudsley Trust have moved a step closer.

The boards of Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trusts have each agreed to continue exploring plans for an organisational merger and a strengthened partnership with King’s College London, their joint academic partner.

The proposal is set out in a strategic outline case which was approved by each of the boards and King’s College London, although the college would not be a legal partner in any merger.

“The new organisation would mean better care for our patients, a faster translation of research into treatments and an integration of mental and physical health rarely seen elsewhere,” says Professor Sir Robert Lechler, executive director of King’s Health Partners.

“It would give us the opportunity to create a world leading institution, capable of attracting the best clinicians, that our patients, communities and staff can be proud of.”

If a full business case for this proposal is approved by the boards of the organisations and the regulators, the merger could take legal effect in 2014 – though the partners have warned that uncertainty created by the Government’s NHS reforms could delay the process.

The new organisation would have a turnover of about £2.6 billion and around 29,000 staff, but – it is claimed – would be structured so that decisions were taken locally, giving staff greater autonomy and making the organisation more accountable to its patients and commissioners.

The partners have also made clear that key services such as accident and emergency and maternity units would still be provided at both St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital.