Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin – August 2014

Dear All,

Hope everyone is well!  This is our summer communication.  Obviously, trust that you manage to take advantage of the lovely weather and take good care of your wellbeing!

So I won’t bore you with much details  as usual visit  our ebulleting  at   http://lambethwellbeing.wordpress.com/   The Lambeth & Southwark wellbeing e-bulletin

Among the highlights are:

* The Big White Wall is now avail free for Southwark residents http://www.bigwhitewall.com

 

* The launch of the new website with tools for individuals and comunities- everything about wellbeing! do visit and play, you won’t be dissapointed!   Why well-being matters More and more research is showing us how certain actions, activities and practices can improve our moods, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen relationships, keep us healthy and even add seven years to our lives. We think people need to know more about this, so we have designed a website to spread the word.

Both the Wheel of Well-being and this website are the result of a design collaboration between the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Uscreates, a strategic consultancy delivering social value. http://www.wheelofwellbeing.org

hello@wheelofwellbeing.org   http://www.wheelofwellbeing.org/wow-yourself

 

* The Social Determinants of Mental Health Report.

Cyberbullying report from EU Kids Online

or
The pursuit of happiness: a new ambition for our mental health

 

……all that maybe for a summer reading ????

 

* Grant funding opportunities………

* Advice for parents in Lambeth regarding available activities for young people

much, much more to find out……

*  CALL TO ARTISTS: WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY, VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION by Sharp      Anna.Croucher@slam.nhs.uk, 0203 228 7050 or salomessanctuary@gmail.com,07790 807 314

                       * STORM course a free certified suicide prevention training particular helpful those people who work with people ‘at risk’.

contact :Craig, Claudia-  Claudia.Craig@southwark.gov.uk

 

Happy summer!

Any

 

Anamaria Florin, MRSH
Mental Wellbeing Officer
Lambeth and Southwark Public Health

  1. florin@southwark.gov.uk
    Tel: 020 7525 0272

Location Address:
160 Tooley St, Hub 2 First Floor, London SE1 2QH

Postal Address:
PO Box 64529, London, SE1P 5HY
My workdays are Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday

 

       

 

Note:

We would like to encourage you that within your wellbeing work/ activities to measure wellbeing by using the short Warwick Edinburgh scale. Please, visit for details : http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Wellbeing-self-assessment.aspx

By the way, it may be helpful to have handy the working definiton of wellbeing is  (locally agreed): ‘to feel positive about the present, feeling hopeful about the future; feeling confident about being able to handle life’s stresses and problems; and feeling that mostly life is fulfilled and rewarding’

Why Mindfulness now :   http://lambethwellbeing.wordpress.com/?p=739&preview=true

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Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter

Hello Healthwatch Supporter!It’s been a busy few weeks with lots going on and exciting things coming soon.A sad goodbye and a huge thank you to Alvin, Healthwatch Southwark Manager
Alvin Kinch is leaving us on the 1st August to take up a post with Healthwatch England as the Development Manager. We are very sad to lose Alvin but the new role will be a fantastic new opportunity and we wish her the very best and would like to assure our supporters that the Manager role is currently being recruited for.

Spotlight on Social Care: 22 July, 4.00 – 6.30pm
We look forward to see those of you who can join us at our Spotlight on Social Care event later today. The event is looking at what’s happening in Social Care in Southwark – now and in the future.

Come along to hear presentations from us and Southwark Council, have an opportunity to offer your knowledge and experience of using social care services in the borough and share in some refreshments together.

It’s not too late you can still book a place here and join us!

Our first Annual Report!

Healthwatch Southwark is pleased to publish our first Annual Report 2013-14. You can access it on the website here.

Until next time, enjoy Sunny Southwark!

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo

 

 

 

 

Local News

Local news from across the community

Southwark Manager – Vacancy
We are looking for a motivated individual who can raise expectations, challenge orthodoxies and drive an agenda for change in local health and social care services in the diverse borough of Southwark. You will lead and develop a successful team, and bring enthusiasm and dedication to working with local communities and partners to secure the best outcomes for patients and users of health and social care services. Deadline 4 Aug. Apply today.

Healthwatch Southwark wins national award!
The development of a South East London programme that ensures that local people can monitor health and social care services has won 6 South East London local watchdogs a national award.
The work involves a shared programme and procedure across South East London and has been developed jointly by the 6 Healthwatch from SE London, (Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham).
They won the award for Outstanding Collaborative Project at the national Healthwatch Network Awards of Achievement 2014.
These annual awards are held to recognise the individuals and teams across the network who have demonstrated exceptional impact within local communities. Read more

Personal Budgets
Are you concerned about the impact of personal budgets on your service users? Do you need help from help to deal with the implications for your organisation? Have your say and tell us what we can do by spending just a few minutes completing Community Action Southwark’s (CAS) first Just CASkingquick poll.

CAS are keen to hear from anyone with any experience with personalisation and personal budgets, please get in touch with Rachel, CAS Policy Officer via: rachel@casouthwark.org.uk

Soft Craft Groups at Blackfriars Settlement
With highly respected textile artist Najlaa Khalil. Sessions are every Thursday 10.30 to 12.30 and £20 for Personal Budget holders. Najlaa will help you develop or recover skills in sewing, hand knitting, patchwork and crochet. Use these skills for making simple repairs or to customise your long-worn clothes and freshen up your wardrobe.

Art? Why not? at Blackfriars Settlement
These Art sessions run every Mon, Wed and Thurs from 1.30- 3.30pm, at £20 for personal budget holders. What members say: “Relaxing, sociable, compare artworks, give each other pointers, learn skills, taking you out of yourself, escapism. You feel complete. It grabs you. You can pour it out onto the paper. It’s an energy. Achievement”. Get involved.

Potted History- gardening and reminiscence project
Potted History is a gardening and reminiscence project that makes use of reminiscence and horticultural therapy to improve the self-confidence and wellbeing of socially isolated older people in the boroughs of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
Reminiscence therapy involves the discussion of past activities, events and experiences as a group, by taking part in activities and using objects from the past such as photographs, household items, scents, music and film to trigger the memory. Get involved.

Government consulting on Care Act draft regulations
Back in May the Care Bill became the Care Act. In order to allow you to prepare and understand what this might mean for your organisation, Community Action Southwark (CAS)  have put together a briefing. The government is currently seeking views on the draft regulations and guidance for Part 1 of the Act. The consultation period ends on 15 August. Read the briefing.

Autism 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. 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. Apply today.

Early Action – stepping back from the cliff edge
Anyone who works with vulnerable people thinks preventing things getting worse isn’t a good thing. So why aren’t we, the public, private and voluntary sectors, not doing more together to stop problems from happening in the first place?
As you may know Community Action Southwark (CAS) proposed that the Health and Wellbeing Board consider establishing an independent Early Action Commission. It was argued that early action, as a needs reduction strategy, could lessen future liabilities and foster greater multi-agency working. Read the paper submitted in March.

 

Local Events

Community events and training near you

STORM Training | Dates from 21 July to 17 Feb
This is a 2 day accredited course for Southwark and Lambeth staff. he skills learned are specific to suicide prevention and are transferable to all practices including GP settings. Participants are central to the process of learning and are encouraged to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the group. STORM utilises the most effective, evidence-based methods in skills development training – role-rehearsal and videotaped role-rehearsal with self-reflection and structured feedback. Book today

Digital Inclusion event | 28 July
Southwark Council’s Digital Inclusion event event is taking place at 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 5QH between 10.00am and running from 5.00pm on 28th July. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The event will look at why people are digitally excluded and how we can work together to get more people on line. Please do let me Southwark Council know as soon as possible if you will be attending. Book today

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) dicussion group | 28 July
The Mental Health Foundation is seeking to gather together people who have used mental health services and carers of those who have used mental health services to hear their thoughts, ideas, feelings, comments on the subject of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The group will meet at 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Mental Health Foundation (Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk, London, SE1 2SX). Participants will be paid £25 each, all travel expenses will be covered and lunch is provided. Get involved

Extended access engagement event | 30 July
The Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Event: Extended access engagement event. Building on two previous engagement events, NHS Southwark CCG is continuing to work with you and other local people regarding the development of plans for extended access to a GP or nurse, 8am – 8pm 7 days a week. Join us to hear how we have developed plans with your previous input and to help us ensure that the new services will work for you and other local people. Book today.

Time and Talent’s Summer Party | 6 August
Time and Talents would love to invite you to celebrate with them on Wednesday 6th August at their Summer Party. It is all set to be their biggest and best Summer Party yet. Come and join Time and Talents for an afternoon of fun, food and festivities. Read more

Self Advocacy Training at CoolTan Arts | 5 – 14 Aug
CoolTan Arts are running self Advocay Training, ‘Skills for a stronger voice’ in August. This training is an award-winning series of free classes and talks teaching you the skills you need to have a stronger voice. CoolTan Arts provide an informal but structured environment where you can look at ways to help yourself, pick up strategies for challenging issues, behaviours or situations. Book today.

Stress Management Through Movement & Meditation | 8 Oct
Meditation has many health benefits, including increased immune functioning, improved well-being and reduced psychological distress. It is an especially focused form of mindfulness. For anyone feeling stressed or struggling to keep calm and achieve peace of mind in a busy, often chaotic life, meditation can bring a sense of peace and joy.
This is a series of 8 one hour lunchtime sessions involving some gentle movement based on yoga and tai-chi, followed by a a 20 mintue guided meditation. 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’s a days course with lunch and CPD certification. Book today.

 

National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

 

RLSB Let’s Work it Out employment pack
RLSB has launched their new ‘Let’s Work It Out’ employment pack at the House of Commons. The pack was created in consultation with businesses and the RLSB Youth Forum. The pack aims to make businesses feel confident about employing people with a sight condition and coaches young people to feel more equipped about job hunting. You can show your support by signing the RSLB online pledge to ensure that meaningful jobs for blind young people can become a reality. Read more.

Integrated Personal Commissioning: New Opportunities for Voluntary and Community Sector
NHS England Chief Executive has just announced the piloting of combined health and care personal budgets, and the VCS will be commissioned to support care planning, advocacy and service brokerage. Read more.

NHS in London Focus Groups
The transformation of London’s general practice services is an agreed priority for the NHS in London. To help understand the needs of patients and carers across London NHS London are holding a series of focus groups with different community groups, patient groups, and users of GP services.
The focus groups are one way to collect experiences and information, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) will also be asking about ways in which you think services can be improved. The first series of Focus Groups in August are on GP Services. Get involved.

 

NHS London Immunisation Board
Are you interested in helping us drive the London wide immunisations programme, if so we are looking for up to 4 people ( individuals or voluntary sector organisations) to sit on the London Immunisation Board, meetings are held quarterly and an induction session and support will be available. Travel expenses will be paid. If you would like more information about the Board please email : immunisationsubmissions.london@nhs.net or telephone Kenny Gibson on: 07787 105457. Closing date for expressions of interest is 31 August.

Three Cs launched MaxOut Southwark
On the 9 July 2014, Three Cs launched MaxOut Southwark at Crossways.. MaxOut Southwark is a new web app that links you with mental health news and activities in Southwark. Please try it out for yourself at www.maxoutsouthwark.com and let Three Cs know what you think. They are also happy to talk to people interested in Three Cs developing similar apps in London boroughs for people with learning disabilities or mental health challenges. Read more.

 

 

 

 

Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

Wider use of statins could cut deaths from heart disease
Up to 8,000 lives could be saved every three years by offering statins to anyone with a 10 per cent risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) within a decade, says NICE – Read more

NICE unveils safe staffing plans for nursing care in wards
NICE has published new guidance setting out ‘red flag events’ which warn when nurses in charge of shifts must act immediately to ensure they have enough staff to meet the needs of patients on that wardRead more

Realistic weight loss goals better than quick fixes
Losing even a small amount of weight can help to improve the health of people who are overweight or obese and lower their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer, says NICE – Read more

You can find out more information on the NICE website:
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.

Tackling Long Term Conditions | 29 Oct
At Tackling Long-Term Conditions: Coordinating Care, Transforming Services Open Forum Events expert speakers will explore how to drive improvements in care, coordinate services to achieve quality outcomes and help make life better for people with long term conditions.
A whole system approach is required to tackle the scale and prevalence of long-term conditions. It will require service transformation, integration of care and innovative systems to meet the pressing challenge. Register your interest.

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.


South London and Maudsley psychiatric board to be investigated The Maudsley Hospital

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.

The investigation will look at whether the trust has effective systems in place to identify and solve problems regarding patients’ quality of care.

The trust said it “welcomed” the review and was “delighted” to have the chance to analyse its systems.

Mark Turner, regional director at Monitor, said: “Our focus will be on whether the board is providing strong enough leadership to ensure that patients always receive quality care.”

The organisation provides services in Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and also provides care in Kent.

In a statement, the trust said: “We share the regulator’s aims of providing strong leadership and ensuring our patients always receive quality care.

“SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) provides the widest range of mental health services in the UK and we are delighted to have the chance to work with Monitor in reviewing our systems to ensure they are continually refreshed and improved upon.”

An announcement about the outcome of the investigation will be made in due course.

Last year a Freedom of Information request submitted by the BBC revealed that from 2005-2012 nearly 100 people were killed by mental health patients in London.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust had the highest number of deaths, with 31 people being convicted.


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 trialled by Met officers in Lambeth, Lewisham, Croydon and Southwark.

In Lambeth and Southwark, mental health professionals will also be available to accompany police on visits.

A spokeswoman for NHS England London said the service plans to roll out the project across London.

The Mental Health Police Triage Service for London comes after the introduction of a separate scheme which saw mental health nurses being based in some police stations and courts.

Police in the four boroughs will have access to a 24-hour helpline manned by mental health professionals, who can give advice to officers attending call-outs and also advise if the person being dealt with is already known to the profession.

The pilot was started in April and launched officially earlier, and will run until April 2015.

Kate Davies, NHS England’s head of health and justice commissioning, said: “Many people who come into contact with the police have not committed a crime but are simply ill, and they are often going through some of the most difficult times in their lives.

“This scheme is about supporting police officers to make the right decisions about how to manage these situations, whether that means taking somebody to a place of safety or assisting them in the community with the help of a mental health professional.”


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.


Victim Support and Lambeth and Southwark Mind

Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know about our drop in partnership with Victim Support taking place every Thursday 1-4 at Cambridge House. Please come in for advice and information.

VS&Mind

Earl Pennycooke
Interim Co Director
Lambeth and Southwark Mind
Cambridge House
1 Addington Square
London
SE5 0HF


Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham’s Integrated Psychological Therapies Teams

Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham’s Integrated Psychological Therapies Teams are setting up a new peer support service and would like your help in developing this!

Focus group flyer