Bromley & Lewisham Mind: Administrators

Closing date:
Interview date:
£17.482 per annum (pro rata for part time post)
37.5 or 19 hours per week

Bromley & Lewisham Mind is a local charity, working alongside people with mental health needs and dementia to improve their quality of life. We are looking for one full time and one part time administrator to provide support to our Bromley Working for Wellbeing (BWW) Service. BWW is a busy psychological therapies service supporting up to 5,000 people a year.

This is an exciting opportunity for an administrator who shares our passion for improving access to psychological therapies. You will need experience of admin/clerical work in a similar environment and the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Working as part of a lively team, you will be flexible in your approach and will respond positively and calmly in emergency situations. Organised and with a pleasant and helpful telephone manner, you will enjoy working in a busy team environment.

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Likely interview date: Tuesday 18 March 2014

Staff benefits include a matched contribution pension scheme, 25 days’ holiday, quality supervision and training opportunities. See our website for more reasons to work for Bromley & Lewisham Mind.

For an application pack, please go to our website

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The S.H.A.R.E. Project is a Lewisham-based peer support project located within the Psychological Therapies Team at the Ladywell Unit, Lewisham Hospital.   The project’s aim is to develop a bank of trained volunteer speakers who visit inpatients, recovery groups and community events to share their own personal experiences of living with and recovering from, a long-term mental health problem.

Speakers are trained over a period of 10 weeks to create and structure their own story and to feel confident speaking in public.  The training course covers issues such as sharing personal information, confidentiality and setting personal boundaries.

Sharing personal experiences does not mean telling people your whole life story or disclosing information that is uncomfortable.  Sharing as a peer supporter is about choosing and sharing those things that have kept you going in the difficult times and helped you enjoy the good times.  These things could be your own personal strengths and attitudes to life or they could be experiences of support from other people or interests and passions that make you feel good.

You do not have to be completely ‘well’ or fully recovered.   We are all ‘works in progress!’

By becoming a volunteer you will be developing new skills and confidence in a supportive environment.   The SHARE Speaker training course is designed to help you identify your positive qualities, coping strategies and skills and to develop your own personal history into a story that you can share with others in public settings.  This should be an enjoyable and empowering process in itself.    Your time and commitment will be recognised with a completion certificate and, once your start volunteering you will be supported in your role through regular 1:1 supervision.

All travel expenses are paid and refreshments are often provided at engagements.

In addition to sharing your personal story, there will also be opportunities to volunteer for the S.H.A.R.E. Project in other ways, such as offering assistance with developing the project, administration or steering the direction of the project.

Criteria for volunteers

*        Experience of mental health problems.  This includes problems relating to substance misuse.

*        Motivated to encourage others who might be going through similar experience.

*        Willing to share experiences in mental health settings, including the Ladywell Unit at Lewisham Hospital.

*        Willing to go through the volunteer application process.  This includes an application form, providing two references and undertaking a DBS check.

*        Willing to undertake the S.H.A.R.E. training programme.

What happens after the training programme?

The project is publicised across mental health and other voluntary services in Lewisham.  Organisations are able to book a S.H.A.R.E. project speaker to come and talk at their drop-ins, events, recovery groups and other places.   Each volunteer is offered a debrief session after each speaking engagement and regular 1:1 supervision.

Once a month the project will hold a session at the Ladywell Unit for in-patients. 

Flyer here: SHARE Project Poster 2014MH

Funds cut for mental health trusts in England

By Michael Buchanan BBC News

Paramedic Emma Bardney from Nottinghamshire was diagnosed with complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after a childhood trauma
Mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years, figures show.

The BBC received data from 43 out of 51 mental health trusts following a Freedom of Information request.

The coalition has guaranteed the NHS budget will rise by 0.1% in real terms over the course of this parliament.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning that mental health services are near breaking point.

Separate data for the same period shows referrals to crisis and community mental health teams have risen by 16%.

Care & Support Minister, Norman Lamb said: “It is completely unacceptable for local commissioners to disadvantage mental health in the allocation of funds to local health services.

“This completely conflicts with the government’s clear position that there must be parity of esteem – equality – between mental and physical health. This must be a priority for NHS England to address.”

The revelations come just weeks after one of the country’s leading psychiatrists told BBC News that mental health services are unsafe and in crisis.

Comparing the total 2011/12 budgets with that for this year, 2013/14, there was a reduction of 2.36% in real terms. Of the 13 trusts that were able to provide indicative budgets for next year, 2014/15, 10 are expecting more cuts.

Prof Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said: “Even small cuts at this time can have a disproportionately large effect on the welfare of our patients.

“The services are stretched to their limit and if they stretch any further, the elastic band is going to snap.”

Dr Martin McShane, from NHS England, said: “If you look at the figures, mental health trusts have taken more work on, they’re more productive, they’re delivering better value for the NHS.

“There are other parts of the system that are delivering services that might have been delivered by mental health trusts, such as psychological therapies.”

Paul Farmer, chief executive of the mental health charity Mind said the ultimate consequence of the cuts would be that people do not get the help they need in crisis.

That is certainly the experience of Emma Bardney, who has a complex post traumatic stress disorder, but says she’s been failed by her mental health trust.

“Its been really tough… fighting for the right to get better,” said the 42 year old paramedic.

“There’s been no community mental health support available to me. So my care plan has been sporadic out-patients with a consultant or crisis support and nothing in-between and the only way you can access support is when you are in crisis.

“So you have to get to a very low point before you get any type of support or help.”

The pressure on crisis and community health services is highlighted by information provided to the online journal Community Care.

Using data provided under a separate Freedom of Information request, they found that:

  • Budgets for ‘crisis resolution teams’ fell by 1.7% in real terms compared to 2011/12. Referrals rose 16%. These are the staff who provide intensive home treatment in an effort to prevent acutely unwell people being admitted to hospital.
  • Budgets for community mental health teams shrunk by 0.03% in real terms since 2011/12 but referrals have risen 13%. These teams give ongoing support to patients to prevent their health deteriorating to crisis point.

“Mind hears all the time from people who have lost the community health care that was helping them to cope and who now find themselves unable to get through to their local crisis team,” said Paul Farmer.

“They feel ‘fobbed off’ when they do, because there simply aren’t enough staff to cope with the numbers of people in desperate need of help.”

An analysis of the board papers of mental health trusts and reports from the Care Quality Commission shows the problems in the system:

  • Patients in Cornwall receiving dismissive advice, with one being told “I am the only one working, don’t kill yourself on my shift”.
  • Community health teams in Bradford complaining of “unmanageably high caseloads”.
  • Patients in need of an urgent assessment in Barnet, north London, not being seen for five weeks.
  • Crisis teams in Kent spending as little as 10 minutes with patients. Mental health services in England are facing budget cuts despite the government’s promise to protect health spending.

Via via Andrea

Will you ask the NHS to value mental health?

We’re a member of the We Need To Talk coalition, a group of charities, professional organisations, Royal Colleges and service providers who believe in the effectiveness of psychological therapies.Today we published We still need to talk, a report which tells us that a third of people with the most severe mental illness are not offered talking therapy by the NHS. Yet evidence shows that when people do get help, it improves their health and helps make recovery possible – it can also help prevent people from developing psychosis in the first place.

Take action now – tell the NHS how important our mental health is

One in five people with severe mental illness are waiting more than a year to get psychological therapies. We would rightly never accept this state of affairs for people with physical health problems – it should be no different for people with mental illness.

We want the NHS to offer a full range of evidence-based psychological therapies to anyone who needs it within 28 days of anyone requesting a referral.

Our brilliant colleagues at Mind are putting pressure on MPs and Government Ministers. But David Nicholson, the Chief Executive of the NHS, also has a crucial role to play in making this happen. The NHS has already agreed to introduce waiting times but we’re really worried it isn’t happening quickly enough. If we collectively act we have a much greater chance of making this change happen.

Will you ask David Nicholson to lead the way so that people with severe mental illness have access to the help they need, when they need it? By taking this action you are making it clear that our mental health is important to the NHS.

Thank you so much for your support.

Best wishes,

Charlotte Wetton, Senior Campaigns Officer.

New Handbook for Families and Carers is now online and downloadable

Fantastic booklet.

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SLaM leading the way in talking therapies

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is one of only two trusts in the country to have been awarded funding from the Department of Health to increase access to psychological therapies for people with psychosis and their carers.

The funding means that the Psychosis CAG is an IAPT-SMI (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – Severe Mental Illness) Psychosis Demonstration Site. Expanding access to talking therapies services for people with severe mental illness is part of the Government’s four year plan for talking therapies (2011-2015).

SLaM has a long history of providing innovative and exemplary practice in psychological treatments for psychosis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBTp) and Family Intervention (FI). Indeed, staff members from the Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry were involved in the initial development and evaluation of both treatment approaches.

The additional funding from the Department of Health will be used to increase therapy provision by 50%. The IAPT-SMI service spans three clinical teams: an Early Intervention team (STEP), a specialist recovery service (SHARP), and a psychological therapy team (PICuP).

The benefits for service users and their carers is improved access to NICE recommended psychological therapies for psychosis (CBTp and FI) across all four SLaM boroughs, with clear referral pathways, including self-referral, reduced waiting times and regular assessment of progress to ensure that therapy is helpful.

Philippa Garety, Clinical Director and Joint leader, Psychosis Clinical Academic Group (CAG), said: “We are delighted that the Department of Health has selected the SLaM Psychosis CAG as a demonstration site. It reflects well on all the hard work and commitment of the staff in promoting access to psychological therapies, which we know to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

A demonstration site open day will take place on Monday 1 July for people to find out more about the IAPT-SMI service from clinicians, service users and carers. There will be presentations, feedback on progress and an opportunity for informal discussions and networking. The event is free, but you are asked to book your place beforehand.

When: 1pm to 5pm 1 July 2013

Where: Ortus Learning Centre at the Maudsley Denmark Hill Campus


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Looking for current or recent users of SLaM psychological therapy services

A small group of people with experience of using psychological therapy services are leading some work to develop ‘quality indicators’ (or aspects of a service that matter to people as they experience it).  These indicators relate to things like how staff relate to you, the information you received, what communication was like whilst you were waiting for therapy etc.  These indicators will then be used by the service to check on the quality of people’s experience.

The group would like to get views from more people to check that they are covering the most important things.

We would welcome your opinion, if you are using, or have recently used any of these services:

  • Lewisham Psychological Therapy Services (LPTS)
  • Croydon Integrated Psychological Therapy Services (CIPTS)
  • Lambeth or Southwark Integrated Psychological Therapy Services  (IPTTs)
  • Maudsley Psychotherapy Service
  • St. Thomases Psychotherapy Service
  • Traumatic Stress Service
  • Psychology services within a Community Mental Health Team

There are 2 ways that you can give your views:

1)    By attending a small group meeting or ‘focus group’

2)    Individually via post/email or phone.

You don’t have to have done anything like this before – all views welcome!

Focus group poster (3)

To find out more, please contact:

Alice Glover

Alice Glover
Patient & Public Involvement Lead
 – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959

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