Are you getting the talking therapy you need? Are you waiting to see someone or are you struggling to get treatment? Complete our online survey and let us know what you think of talking therapies available in your area. We’ll be publishing our findings in December.
Our last report on talking therapies was in 2010 and your views and experiences are vital for us to see how things have changed. Has access to talking therapies improved or have things got worse?
The survey will take you 10 minutes to fill out – please help us find out more about talking therapies. http://svy.mk/18pu4cR”
The survey will close on 18th October.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help break down mental health stigma
at the Time to Change Village
Shopping Centre, Lewisham, SE13 7HB
Saturday 26 October 2013
The Time to Change Village – ‘Lewisham-on-Sea’ is a ‘pop-up’ space where
people can learn the truth about mental health in an engaging and fun way!
Village volunteers will challenge stereotypes of mental illness by talking to the
public about their lived experiences of mental health problems. Come and join
us and be part of the social movement to end mental health discrimination!
In your role as a volunteer, we ask you to give up a few hours of your time to
come to the Village and share your experiences. We will provide training in
advance of the day and travel expenses up to £15.
Sign up now: www.time-to-change.org.uk/lewishamvillage
Or find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
07876 500062 (voicemail and text)
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Review & Proposals for changes to The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Trust-Wide Internal Structure & The Involvement RegisterPosted: October 1, 2013
Review & Proposals for changes to:
The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Trust-Wide Internal Structure
The Involvement Register
Summary of Key Changes:
South London and Maudsley Mental Health Foundation Trust is reviewing its Trust-wide Patient and Public Involvement Structures. We want to hear your views on them.
The key proposed changes are:
- The introduction of a new Patient Experience Group with responsibility for overseeing and co-ordinating all PPI (public and patient involvement) activity in the Trust. Trust Wide Involvement Group (TWIG) – Operations and the Trust Wide Involvement Group (TWIG) will be absorbed in to this group. Local CAG Service User Advisory Groups (SUAGs) activity will not be affected by these changes although the development for the new PEG governance should improve Trust wide effectiveness of the CAG’s SUAGs.
- Improvements to the Involvement Register to make it more efficient and to open up opportunities to more people. The key changes are:
- A tightening of the criteria relating to people who are suitable to join the IR
- Clearer definitions on what activities will attract payment via the IR
- Individuals will be allowed to work up to 30 hours a month limit via the Involvement Register. This will not affect most IR members.
- Introduction of two payment rates – £10 an hour for most activities and £15 an hour for more complex work such as chairing meetings.
- To review members every 2 years to assess support and developmental needs.
- Every 2 years review the membership of internal service user and carer meetings. For example, the tenure of Chair or Co-Chair should be assessed every 2 years.
- Strengthening of the support and supervision provided to people on the involvement register
- Developing the availability of training and our links with the recovery college
- Increased signposting to other opportunities such as volunteering and employment opportunities.
- PPI initiative to enable staff across the trust to understand and utilise the re-development of Real Reward and Recognition policy.
These recommendations are first and foremost as a direct result of The Francis Report (2013). However, these recommendations are influenced from a number of engagement/ consultation focus groups with service users, carers, and staff over a considerable period of time, which includes informal discussions and anecdotal evidence from all parties. In principle, the recommendations have been agreed by the Trust Executive following an engagement process
For more detail, please read the full Public and Patient Involvement document. This can be accessed on the SLAM website and the TWIG Ops Blog.
We would now like to hear your feedback. You can do this in the following ways:
– Attend our feedback event on Thursday 14th November, Ortus Centre, 10-12 followed by lunch. Book your place by contacting Mariana Bakewell (Tel: 020 3228 1667/ PPITeam@Slam.nhs.uk)
– Send your written comments to Dr Ray Johannsen-Chapman (Strategic Lead for PPI),
– Talk to one of the PPI Leads – contact details are below.
The dead line for feedback is Friday 22nd November.
Full document here as PDF: ThePPIIRReview-1
Above summary here as a PDF: SummaryPPI&IRReview-1
The Board of Trustees of NSUN currently consists of twelve members from a variety of backgrounds who develop the organisation’s strategy to meet agreed objectives. We are looking for Trustees who identify as people with lived experience of mental health conditions and who are from a variety of backgrounds.
We are particularly looking for people who have the following skills and experience:
- Financial management
- Managing user-led organisations
- Human resources
- Involvement and influencing
The Board of Trustees meets six times a year. In addition, Trustees may be asked to serve on sub-committees, which involves attending additional meetings throughout the year.
The post is voluntary but expenses are paid.
Some previous Trustee or voluntary experience would be advantageous but not essential.
Applicants should be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and the appointment is subject to satisfactory references.
- Application form and guidance for applications: please visit here
- Closing date for applications: 30 September
- All applicants will be contacted on: 4 October
- Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview week starting 9 October.
To apply please complete the application form and return to NSUN either by email or post to 27 – 29 Vauxhall Grove, London SW8 1SY by 30 September.
Do you live in or near to Lewisham in South East London? Would you be willing to talk about your personal experiences of mental health problems to help break down stigma?
Time to Change Needs You!
The Time to Change Village; ‘Lewisham-on-Sea’ will ‘pop-up’ at Lewisham Shopping Centre in Autumn. A new date has been confimed for Saturday 26 October and we’re looking for 60 volunteers from London to join our team.
The Time to Change Village is an interactive space, where the public can have open conversations about mental health, whilst engaging in a range of activities and having lots of fun.
When people meet our Village Volunteers with lived experience they will find out more about the realities of mental health. This helps to challenge the prejudices and stereotypes which often lead to discrimination.
What you can expect?
When you volunteer at a Time to Change Village, our Volunteer Co-ordinators will be there to support you on the day.
You will get the chance to attend a training session before the event, to help you speak confidently to people visiting our seaside themed village in Lewisham Shopping Centre and have lots of fun!
Please indicate on the online registration form below if you would like to be offered a place on a training session.
We can reimburse your travel expenses of up to £15 for attending your training session and up to £15 travel expenses for attending the event. Please keep receipts or your proof of purchase.
If this is your first experience of volunteering at a Time to Change event, at the training session you will also find out how to become a Time to Change Champion too.
Sign up to become a Volunteer
Times to Change Volunteers are people with lived experience of mental health problems who support our community engagement events to end mental health discrimination by talking to people in their communities.
If you are interested in becoming a Time to Change Village Volunteer, please complete the online registration form. We ask all volunteers to complete the form in full.
Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required. All other fields are optional.
If you require further information or would prefer to complete a hard copy of the form please email email@example.com or call 07876 500 062 (voice-mail or text only).
Via http://www.time-to-change.org.uk via Matthew
The Who Benefits? campaign has now been officially launched, and you can find out more about it by visiting the website here: www.whobenefits.org.uk.
The campaign aims to tackle the stigma that surrounds people claiming benefits (e.g., media portrayal as “scroungers”), in particular in respect of claimants with physical or mental health difficulties. It aims to reduce the stigma felt by those who claim benefits or would be entitled to do so, and give a voice to people with personal experience of working age benefits, whose stories are rarely heard. Do have a look at the Who Benefits? website, as it’s a great opportunity to share your stories.
The Mental Health Foundation is supporting the Who Benefits? campaign, but we would also like to hear your thoughts on some specific questions that will help us inform our own work on the benefits system in relation to mental health.
If you have had any contact with the working-age benefits system (e.g. unemployment benefits, disability benefits or housing benefit) we’d like to have your thoughts to these questions:
- What do you think about the media coverage or Government statements concerning people who claim working age benefits?
- What changes, if any, would you like to see in the way that welfare benefits, and benefits claimants, are portrayed in media coverage or Government statements?
- If you are claiming any benefit, how is this supporting your mental health? (It would be helpful to know which benefit or benefits you are claiming.)
As ever, any responses will be treated in absolute confidence, although we plan to anonymise responses to use publicly in our campaigning work. Please let us know if you do not want your response to be used in this way.
With best wishes,
Policy and Project Officer
Mental Health Foundation
1 London Bridge Walk
Do you have contact with people with mental health issues in your line of work? Our training can help you to effectively manage situations involving individuals who are experiencing mental distress. To find out more visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/training-and-development/current/mental-health-awareness-training
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