Posted: August 12, 2014 Filed under: Events | Tags: carer, health and well-being, INVITATION FROM NHS ENGLAND, NHS Citizen's Assembly and AGM, Patients, Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre
We would like to draw your attention to the NHS Citizen’s Assembly and the NHS England AGM in London on the Thursday 18th September 2014, (below is the invitation). The event will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE.
NHS England AGM NHS Citizen Invitation
NHS Citizen has been at the drawing board stage for over a year, and it is now time to get people together to see how an NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting will work in practice.
NHS Citizen allows members of the public to put forward their thoughts, concerns and vision for the future of the NHS. These ideas will then be discussed at the NHS Citizen Assembly Meeting, where Members of the Board of NHS England, NHS senior managers and members of the public will work together to shape the future of the NHS.
The day will contain lots of opportunities for patients, carers and members of the public to debate, deliberate and work together to explore solutions to issues important to health and well-being in England.
Since registration opened, we have had a huge interest, however we are keen to ensure that those that are the ‘hardest to hear’ are given the opportunity to attend and get involved.
The event will be driven by what is important to the patients and the public – you, a partner organisation, stakeholder or citizen could flag the issue by completing this google.doc form and submitting it to be published on the gather space. Throughout August we will be encouraging discussion on the flagged issues to highlight those with the greatest support, evidence and participation. Five issues will be selected in early September.
Further information on how to register for a place is here – Please note places are limited, to ensure we have voices from different age groups and areas of England we reserve the right to allocate places accordingly. Should you require any help with registering please phone either 0113 8248486 or 0113 825 1338.
If you require support to attend the event please contact Mary Newsome: email@example.com – 0113 825 1338 and we will discuss how we can help you. Please note that NHS England will only pay travel, expenses and accommodation for patients, carers and volunteers to attend the NHS Citizen Assembly, the NHS England Assembly which follows on from this is a public event and will not be covered by our expenses policy.
We do hope that you are able to spread the word and also join us for what will be an exciting and innovative day.
The NHS Citizen Team
0113 824 1338
Patient & Public Partnerships Account Manager
Directorate of Patient & Public Voice & Information
Posted: May 31, 2014 Filed under: Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark | Tags: Carers, Clinical Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), Clinical Executive Group, community care, Community health services, equalities and diversity, healthcare planning, maternity services, mental health services, NHS, Opportunities, Opportunity, Partnership Group, Patients, Shaping health services in south east London, south east London’s communities
The NHS has six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south east London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark). They are working together with commissioning leads from NHS England – London, and in close partnership with local authorities, hospitals, community health services, mental health services, patients, carers and local people on a five year strategy to improve health services across south east London. We are inviting people who live or work in south east London to apply to join our patient and public voices, who are at the centre of shaping and informing this clinically-driven strategy for local health services with us.
There are opportunities to join one of the groups working on planned health care, maternity services, children and young people, long term conditions – physical and mental health, primary and community care, cancer, and urgent and emergency care. Or to work with one of our strategic (planning) groups – Partnership Group, Clinical Executive Group or Clinical Commissioning Board – providing overall governance and direction for the local health strategy. All these groups meet regularly at central London venues and usually during daytime working hours.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can bring the perspective from south east London’s communities whose voices are seldom heard in healthcare planning, and people who can contribute our strong commitment to equalities and diversity.
If you are interested in knowing more about any of these roles, please contact Laura Luckhurst on 0203 049 9916 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for completed applications is 5 pm on Friday 27th June 2014.
Posted: May 9, 2014 Filed under: News | Tags: a&e, A&E services, British Medical Association's, Daily mail, GPs, GPs to vote on charging patients for appointments, Health campaigners, healthcare, National Voices, Patients
Health campaigners criticise plan to deter patients from failing to turn up to surgeries as ‘profiteering from the most vulnerable’
The proposed fee is seen as an incentive for patients to turn up to appointments and a way of helping to fund cash-strapped surgeries.
Health campaigners have expressed alarm over plans by GPs to vote on charging patients for appointments.
The proposal is aimed at saving the NHS tens of millions of pounds a year by deterring patients from failing to turn up to appointments.
It will be discussed and voted on at the British Medical Association’s annual local medical committee conference later this month in York, despite opposition to the idea from doctors’ leaders and the general public.
Under the plan, patients could be charged a flat fee of up to £25. The proposed fee is seen as an incentive for patients to turn up to appointments and a way of helping to fund cash-strapped doctors’ surgeries.
The BMA’s Wiltshire local medical committee, one of the doctors’ groups backing the proposal, said a national charging system should be explored. It said the idea that healthcare should be free at the point of delivery – one of the key founding principles of the NHS – was no longer viable.
The Gloucestershire committee agreed. In the conference agenda [pdf], it said: “The time has come to impose a national charge for consultations as part of a strategy of demand management.”
Health service campaigners accused supporters of the idea of trying to exploit vulnerable people. Dr Mike Smith, the chairman of the Patients Association, said it would push patients to seek help from already oversubscribed hospital A&E departments.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “A move to charge for routine appointments will have a devastating impact on many vulnerable patients. This will put pressure on already stretched A&E services as people would be reluctant to pay to visit their GP.”
He added: “There are many people today who cannot afford to pay for every GP appointment. This practice can be seen as nothing less than profiteering from the most vulnerable as they attempt to access healthcare which is theirs by right.”
National Voices, a coalition that campaigns for better health and social care, questioned why the BMA was re-examining an idea that it had already rejected. It successfully campaigned against government proposals to charge migrants for GP appointments.
The general public is against paying to see a GP, even if it would help save local practices, according to a recent opinion poll. A ComRes poll in March found that while one in four (27%) people said they would be willing to pay £10 to visit their GP visit rather than see the practice shut down, more than double that – 56% – were against any charges.
Posted: March 26, 2014 Filed under: News | Tags: e-HOST-IT, electronic medical records, healthcare professionals, Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King's college London, Mental Health, Mind, Patients, Predicting suicide attempts, Psychological Medicine, South London and Maudsley NHS, stigma, suicide attempts
Approximately half of people who take their own life have previously made a suicide attempt. People who survive are therefore at high risk of ending their own life later.
A new project, led by Dr Rina Dutta at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), King’s College London, will aim to predict who is most at risk, and when, by analysing data from electronic medical records. Identifying warning signs may then allow healthcare professionals to intervene before a serious suicide attempt is made.
The project, called e-HOST-IT (Electronic health records to predict HOspitalised Suicide attempts: Targeting Information Technology), is being led by Dr Dutta, from the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoP at King’s. The funding was awarded by the Academy of Medical Sciences, as a Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
Dr Dutta will use data from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust’s anonymised electronic mental health records system, CRIS, developed by the National Institute for Health Research Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London.
Dr Rina Dutta says: “What we know about why people make suicide attempts lags behind our understanding of other life-threatening problems. One reason is stigma. Studying risk factors in detail has also been difficult, because health records have been handwritten and kept in paper files. Predicting who is most at risk and when is the riskiest time is a huge challenge.”
She adds: “The NHS aims to be paperless by 2018. Now is the ideal time to see whether warning signs of a serious suicide attempt could be picked up early using anonymised electronic medical records. These warning markers could be changes in symptoms, behaviours or healthcare service use, which happen before a suicide attempt.”
With help from Mind, Dr Dutta has actively involved patients in the design and planning of the research to ensure it is patient-centred. The aim of the project is that the information be used to help health professionals personalise care for people most at risk. The long-term goal is that as professionals use the electronic records system in their day-to-day work, they will be directly alerted to high risk times for their patients. Finally, Dr Dutta also aims to develop prevention strategies and self-management tools by feedback of patterns indicating risk to individual patients.
Via Bridget via http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/news/records/2014/March/Predicting-suicide-attempts-with-electronic-medical-records.aspx
Posted: January 10, 2014 Filed under: BME, Events, Opportunities - Voluntary | Tags: bme, Care Quality Commission, Dentist, Discrimination, events, GP, Lankellychase Foundation, London Connect, Mental Health, mental health service, mental wellbeing, Msaada Volunteer, NHS england, Opportunities, Patient forum, Patients, Pharmacy services, SpeakOUT, survey, Time To Change, Training, Voluntary
Dear colleagues and volunteers
A Msaada volunteer is promoting the following, (Please make BME Service Users aware of the ‘Do the Survey’):
BME Volunteer Coordinator
0203 228 9827
Happy New Year!
Survey on ethnic inequalities in mental health
The LankellyChase Foundation which tackles issues causing severe and multiple disadvantage, wants to hear the mental health service experiences of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, to inform its work. Do the survey by 31 January.
Call for organisations linked to marginalised groups
SpeakOut, a national network of community groups supporting the Care Quality Commissions inspection programme, is looking for new member organisations to ensure the needs of marginalised and disadvantaged groups are addressed in CQCs work. Closing date for applications: 31 January. Contact Lorna Burrow, tel: 01772 893 452, email:email@example.com
Wednesday 22 January
London Connect Patient Forum
3rd Floor, 170 Tottenham Court Road, WIT 7HA, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Second forum meeting enabling patients, carers, the public and patient representatives the chance to contribute to the work of London Connect, which aims to improve the use of patient information. Book your place.
Time to Talk Day: Thursday 6 February
The Time to Change campaign tackling mental health discrimination is calling on people to make a pledge to have a conversation with someone on 6 February about mental health. The day aims to highlight the importance little things like a chat over a cup of tea can make in maintaining mental wellbeing. Take part.
Patients wanted to join NHS procurement project teams
NHS England London Region is looking for patients to help develop documents for buying GP, dentist, optician and pharmacy services, and evaluate potential service providers. Training is provided. Contact Selina Frater for details, email: firstname.lastname@example.org