Why people leave hospitals without consent

I am looking for information about why people leave hospitals without consent, or as nurses and doctors call it going AWOL or absconding, as part of a project to reduce the number of people absconding from inpatient services.  I would like to hear from people who people who have recently (within the last 2 years) been admitted to an inpatient wards and absconded from the ward during their admission.   I would appreciate it if individual staff or services were not mentioned in your responses.  The information gained from your experiences will to help develop training for inpatient teams.  I would be grateful if you could answer the following 3 questions

  1. Why did you  leave the ward without consent from the nurses or doctor?
  2. Where did you go & what did you do whilst you were off the ward?
  3. Was there anything that the ward team (Drs, nurses, OTs etc.) could have done differently in the days or hours before you left that meant you would have stayed on the ward?

Please respond to Polly.Ragoobar@slam.nhs.uk by 29th August.

Community Action Southwark Fundraising masterclass

Community Action Southwark are running an Introduction to Fundraising masterclass on the 11th Sept.

If you want to understand the key aspects of fundraising and where to look for funding you will find this event very useful http://bit.ly/1nQC0HK

Via Matthew

Family Carers’ Workshop

Dear All

I have attached details of a Family Carers’ Workshop that Andre Geel and I are running on Saturday 11th October as outlined below. Please do pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. This workshop is for any family member looking after someone with a mental health illness. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica


A Skills Workshop for Family Carers


Andre Geel – Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Veronica Kamerling – Experienced Carer – Trainer

Saturday 11th October 2014

Registration: 09.00am Start: 0930 Finish: 16.30

The Fitzrovia Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre,

International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN

Cost: £63.00 per person to include morning tea and coffee



Veronica Kamerling

Eating Disorders & Carers

01256 704117

07733 260 475

  1. eatingdisordersandcarers.co.uk
  2. londoncarersgroup.org.uk


What is Image Making?

Join our creative, fun and vibrant Graphics training department and discover your creative side

Hello everyone,

Please find attached details of our brand new Image Making course taster session on Thursday  July 24th.  These courses are for people recovering from mental health problems and cost only £20 a session for people with a personal budget.  The course proper begins July 29th and runs on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons for 5 weeks.  Students completing the Image Making course at Blackfriars MHWBS have joined our Art2print social enterprise to get hands on work experience of being in a design team.  Others have accessed full-time courses.   It has helped nearly all to boost their confidence, “ It gave me inspiration to be creative and not to be afraid to try new things”.

Image making 2 

Discover your creative side!

Best wishes

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio www.art2printstudio.co.uk

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

Find out more about what we can do for you:


Follow us on Twitter: @BlackfriarsSett

Like us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/BFSface


Upcoming Southwark CCG events


I hope you have been able to enjoy some of the recent good weather. NHS Southwark CCG has a couple of up-coming events that we wanted to make sure you are aware of and that hopefully you will be able to join us to take advantage of these opportunities.

Free training sessions

  1. Role of patients in shaping the NHS – If you want to understand how the NHS is working following the national reorganisation and how the patient voice is making a difference in Southwark come along and join us for this interactive session on 16 July at Cambridge House, 6.30 – 8.30pm. Book your place online directly.
  2. Skills for effective meetings – Do you want to be able to have productive and useful PPG meetings? This session has been designed to help provide practical skills that you can use in patient groups and meetings with your practice. Join us for this session on 23 July at Cambridge House, 6.30 – 9pm. Book your place for this event online.

Extended access engagement event

Building on two previous engagement events, NHS Southwark CCG wants to continue to work with local people  regarding developing 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 – Wednesday 30 July, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Inspire Centre, Crypt at St Peter’s Church, SE17 2HH. Book directly online.

Extended access flyer July 2014

Role of patients in shaping the NHS – 16 July 2014

Skills for effective meetings – 23 July 2014

Details about all of these events and more are available under the ‘Our projects and events’ section of our website.

Take care,

Daniel Blagdon

Membership, Engagement and Communications

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group

Postal Address: 1st Floor, Hub 5, PO Box 64529 London SE1P 5LX

Base: 160 Tooley St London SE1 2QH

Email: souccg.southwark-ccg@nhs.net

Telephone: 020 7525 7888

Media: 020 3049 3333

Out of Hours Media07876 448 602



The best possible health outcomes for Southwark people


Free Creative Workshops from May 2014

Would you like to take part in a free CoolTan workshop? We have an exciting new programme of 12 week workshops starting from May 2014.

Come along, gain new skills, meet new people and explore your creative side. Friendly and relaxed environment, with small groups and professional tutors.

**Book your place now**
For more info speak to Olivia in the CoolTan office, call 020 7701 2696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk
Workshops are open to people 18+ who are unemployed with experience of mental distress (self defined), who are not receiving a Personal Budget.


Art – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th.
Empower yourself through creativity with our unique art workshop. Experiment with different themes and styles, and  explore various art techniques, such as acrylic, watercolours, charcoal etc. Meet like minded people in this small friendly group with a professional and supportive tutor. Suitable for all levels. Embrace the opportunity to exhibit in CoolTan and beyond!

Film – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th.
Learn how to do your own film-making and editing. Use some of the latest cameras and sound microphones to make your own creative piece of work for internet or DVD. Along the way you will gain a good working knowledge of the Final Cut Pro editing programme. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

Creative Writing – Wednesdays 11-1pm – Start May 14th.
Explore techniques, find inspiration and learn how structure your writing to make it exciting and engaging. Come along, learn, create and enjoy!

Textiles – Thursdays 2-4pm – Start May 15th.
Learn how to make your own piece of clothing, from creating a design to pattern cutting to making up your finished piece. Gain skills in batik, embroidery and beading. Suitable for beginners as well as those who want to build on existing skills.

Photoshop – Thursdays 11-1pm – Start May 15th.
Edit and retouch your photography to a professional standard. Learn how to cut out and combine images. Use layers, filters, text and drawing tools to create artistic effects. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

With thanks to our funders: Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund

Psychosis Workshop, 14 June, Bowlby Centre

Dear All,

Please see the attached flyer for a “Psychosis Workshop from an
attachment perspective” event in the Promoting Attachment and Inclusion


It is being held at the Bowlby Centre, 1 Highbury Crescent, London N5
1RN on Saturday June 14th, from 10.30 to 4.30; and is being led by Kate
Brown and Bob Johnson.

The cost is £140 for Organisations, £120 for Individuals, and £100 for
Bowlby Centre members.

All the best,


Dr. Craig Fees, RMARA
Planned Environment Therapy Trust Archive and Study Centre: “Archive of
the Year 2013”; “Most Impactful Archive 2012”
Church Lane
Toddington near Cheltenham
Glos. GL54 5DQ
United Kingdom

PHONE: 01242 620125
WEBSITE: http://www.pettrust.org.uk
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/ThePlannedEnvironmentTherapyTrust
TWITTER: @pettconnect

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Via Hanne