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We are looking for volunteers to support us with the 15 step challenge across our community bed bases. The 15 step challenge was sparked by a quote from a parent who said” I know what kind of care my daughter is going to get within 15 steps of walking onto a ward” The challenge focuses on seeing care through the eyes of patients and exploring first impressions. As a result staff can understand what is working and where services can be improved. It is nationally recognised as good practice to use the 15 Step regularly to review services.
The 15 step challenge team will be visiting Potters Bar Hospital on Wednesday 30th August from 10 to 2. The day starts with a half hour training session to introduce the 15 step challenge and answer any questions. The challenge involves a walk around the ward with a chance to talk to patients about their experience on the ward. There will be regular refreshment breaks and lunch provided. The visit concluded with feedback to the ward manager about the teams observations.
One of our 15 step challenge volunteer gave the following advice, “ Be prepared to listen to what staff and patients have to say and be observant with all your senses.”
To take part volunteers need to join Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust as a volunteer. A member of staff from the 15 Step Challenge team will meet with you as part of the application process.
Further dates to take part will be available in September.
If you are interested please contact email@example.com by 14th August to allow time to process your application.
Should you have any questions or would like more information please contact:
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been awarded the Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) HIV support services contract in Hertfordshire following a successful bid supported by current provider Herts Aid.
As a result it has been decided that Herts Aid will merge with THT, with a transfer of assets and liabilities. An HIV support service will be delivered by THT on behalf of HCC from 1 August 2018. HCC will no longer be commissioning HIV community testing services.
For over 25 years, Herts Aid has supported thousands of people living with or impacted by HIV in the county, and this legacy of excellence will be continued through this new service.
Herts Aid and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) will work closely together to ensure a smooth transfer of service so that people living with or impacted by HIV can access support without any interruption.
As it currently stands there will be no provision for testing services in the new contact and therefore would like to inform you that we will not be able to carry out any testing at the YMCA going forward.
We would like to welcome people using local services, Carers, members of the public and colleagues, to join us at an opportunity to learn, share and network.
The Stanborough Centre, Watford Monday 8 October (10.00am – 4.00pm)
The Colonnades, Hatfield Tuesday 9 October (6.00pm – 8.30pm)
Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage Wednesday 10 October (10.00am – 4.00pm)
Wodson Sports and Leisure Centre, Ware Thursday 11 October (10.00am – 4pm)
Register your place online or call Divya on 01438 730802
Adult social care and support matters to everyone in the country but decades of failures to find a sustainable solution to how to pay for services, and the Government’s recent decision to delay its long-awaited green paper on the issue until the autumn, has prompted council leaders to take action.
The knock on effect of increased pressure on adult social care services – of which the spend for some councils accounts for over half of their core spending power– impacts on many of the services that keep our communities running in councils across the country.
Today we am writing to let you know that we have launched a nationwide consultation to kick-start a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.
Why are we undertaking a consultation?
Adult social care provides personal and practical support to people of all ages help them live the lives they want to lead. It supports people who have disabilities, mental health conditions or are generally frail, as well as their carers.
It helps bind our communities, it sustains our NHS and it provides essential economic value to our country.
But social care is facing a crisis. It has been underfunded for many years and is facing a funding gap of £3.56 billion by 2024/25. Plugging this gap would just keep services standing still and does not include any funding needed to improve services. The longer-term remains just as insecure. It is time to come together and make case that investment in social care and support for people who need it helps them to reach their, and in turn our country’s, full potential.
Why your views are important?
We are all likely to be touched by social care at some point in our lives, whether that be ourselves or our friends and families. It’s therefore essential that everyone has a say in what the future of social care should look like and how we should pay for it.
We want to start a nationwide debate about how best to fund the care we want in all our communities for adults of all ages - and how social care, the NHS and other public services can work together to support and improving people’s wellbeing.
This is our chance to put social care right at the very heart of the Government’s thinking.
We will reflect on what we’re told through our consultation in a further publication later in the autumn.
Many of you have played a crucial role in helping us pull together this important piece of work, so thank you for all your contributions. We’d be very grateful if as many councils and stakeholders as possible could promote the green paper by sharing it on Twitter and elsewhere with the hashtag #FutureofASC. If you’d rather create your own content you can find resources, including suggested tweets and images, in our toolkit.
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New Leaf Wellbeing College is planning to write a course about living with pain. If you live, or have lived, with pain and have developed strategies to manage we would like to hear from you! We are looking for 2 students to join us at a co-production meeting on Wednesday 8th August at 2pm-5pm at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust offices in St Albans. You can be reimbursed for your time if you wish.
If you are able to commit to the co-production meeting please let us know. If more than 2 students nominate themselves we will draw names from a hat and notify the students drawn.
New Leaf Wellbeing College
Office: 01442 864966
Autumn term is open for booking at www.newleafcollege.co.uk/Courses New for this term are Wellbeing & creativity, Self-compassion for everyday life, Five steps to wellbeing and Introduction to addiction & recovery
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New this term are Introduction to addictions & recovery, Self-compassion for everyday life, Five steps to wellbeing and Wellbeing & creativity.
We look forward to seeing you next term!
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Updates on news, events and all the goings-on at Spectrum cgl.
Charlie's Story: Stevenage Service User Rep
Charlie first came to us 5 years ago looking for help with his drinking. Through persistence and a dogged commitment to working through the Foundations of Recovery programme he is now 1 year into recovery as of June this year!
He is now using that drive and experience to represent the views of Stevenage service users in local and county wide forums and lend peer support to anyone walking through those doors for the first time.
Read the full story here
Watford welcomes visitors to their annual open day
We're very grateful to have had so much interest in our service's open house event this year.
30 people attended from various public and professional services across the Three Rivers and Dacorum areas and had the opportunity to learn more about what our dedicated team do to help tackle substance misuse on the West side of the county.
For anyone who missed the chance they can download a short presentation and find details of the 2 events we're holding this year in Stevenage and Hatfield here
If you read our previous issue of this newsletter, you will know we're immensely proud of our volunteers and peer mentors and always want them to progress further with us.
We want to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our Volunteers and Peer Mentors this year, who have supported our teams to do their jobs that much more effectively, spending their precious time working with service users, doing front-of-house and much more besides.
View our latest volunteer role here.
Professors Schifano and Gurguis present on NPS use and Gabapentin risks - June 5th 2018
This year's CPD training for GPs offering shared care services featured two very special guests: our very own Professor Fabrizio Schifano (Consultant Psychiatrist at Spectrum) and the University of Hertfordshire's Dr Amira Guirguis (Pharmacist, Researcher & Lecturer).
They gave talks on the associated risk of Gabapentin/ Pregabalin use and on multi-use of Novel Psychoactive Substances (formerly 'Legal Highs') with a particular focus on the distribution of NPS, the infiltration of fentanyl in heroin supply and the 150% increase in prescribing of Gabapentin in the last 5 years.
Worker Spotlight: Recovery Worker & LGBTQ Liaison Clara Bartoletti
Clara is a drug worker with our Watford service on Station Road and also acts as the Substance Misuse Liaison for the LGBT Clinic held at Watford town hall.
At CGL she works primarily with opiate users, holding one-to-one psychosocial sessions and giving out harm reduction advice.
When working at the LGBT clinic, she helps to identify problematic use in patients and refer them into community treatment with us as well as giving out safer injecting information and resources and advice around Chemsex.
She can be found at the clinic on the 4th Thursday of every month from 5.00 – 8.00pm and if you have a question about substance misuse, chemsex or getting hold of resources such as PIP PACs you can email her via C-L.Bartoletti@cgl.org.uk
We hold multiple open days, training sessions and information events throughout the year.
Take a look at what's coming up!
International Remembrance Day is an official day held on July 21st to remember those that have lost their lives through drugs and alcohol.
In 2015-16 there were 12,432 deaths related to drugs and alcohol. On this day we remember those we have
lost with dignity, honesty, love and celebration.
This year we are encouraging everyone in the local community to ‘Take a minute to remember’ on Friday 20th July at 11.00 a.m. Our staff and service users will be encouraged to stop what they are doing and remember people they have known through the work we do and who are no longer with us.
We're pleased to be able to once again visit Northwood HQ, this time to give out advice at their upcoming Families Day.
We want to ensure that our armed forces and their families have the same opportunity to access substance treatment and support that the general public have.
We'll be there from 12.00 - 7.00pm. If you're there, don't be shy - come say hello!
July 28th - World Hepatitis Day Read CGL's Hepatitis C strategy here
August 31st - Overdose Awareness Day 2018
This year we will return to the Health and Well being marquee for Hertfordshire Pride where our LGBTQ liaison and Key worker Clara Bartoletti will be on hand to give out specialised advice on chemsex and harm reduction.
All September - Recovery Month
September 10th - World Suicide Prevention 2018
September 27th 2.00 - 4.00pm - Stevenage CGL open day Book your place now!
The number of hospital beds for people with acute mental health conditions, where a consultant psychiatrist is on hand to oversee treatment, has fallen by almost 30% since 2009 despite repeated claims by ministers that improving care for the mentally ill is now a top priority.
New official figures show that the number of beds for those with some of the most serious conditions – including psychosis, serious depression leading to suicidal feelings and eating disorders – has fallen from 26,448 in 2009 to 18,082 in the first quarter of this year.
Read the full article here:
Time is running out!
Visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/nevertoolate or call HertsHelp on 0300 123 4044 before 15 July 2018 to sign up.
FREE activity pass
FREE activity pass (and free hot drink in some districts) for you and a friend to help you try new local activities.
FREE guided walks
FREE guided walks across Hertfordshire every week for all levels and abilities.
FREE activity planner!
FREE activity planner to help you develop a regular routine and build up activity gradually.
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Friendly advisers on the other end of a phone to help you find the right activity. Just call 0300 123 4044 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Win an iPad or FitBit
Complete a simple follow up survey to enter into a prize draw for an iPad, FitBit or clothing vouchers.
Read 83 year old Laurie Kerr’s story to find out why his motto is: “Instead of waiting for the NHS to light the lamp at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself!” http://bit.ly/2KYG6Sf
Malcolm and Sandra’s story
Find out how Malcolm and Sandra White took up bowls in later life and have improved their fitness and social life as a result! http://bit.ly/2ucLScT
Over 3000 sign ups so far!
Watch a short film of the fantastic Daily Mile events held at primary schools across the county to launch the campaign
Prizes for schools too
Read how one lucky local primary school won £1000 through the campaign.
What’s your reason to sign up?
“I want to take part in healthy activities but don't have the willpower and need a bit of a helping hand."
"I get lonely on my own but I think that getting out to take part in a social activity would improve my physical and mental health.”
"I'd like to improve my fitness before I get into bad habits.”
“I'd like to begin making regular exercise a way of life. I’m kept busy looking after grandchildren so it’s more important than ever to be more healthy.”
You can also sign up to email updates on a variety of other topics on our website.
In July we will be celebrating the people working in Hertfordshire's care industry, while promoting opportunities to people interested in joining them.
We challenged schools to get adults involved in their Daily Mile activities as part of our 'Never Too Late' campaign. Three schools chosen at random won some great prizes for their efforts.
Armed Forces Week
This week is Armed Forces Week, and a chance to show your support for the armed forces community. See what we're doing to celebrate and how you can get involved.
A Royal Visit
The Earl of Wessex made a visit to Hertfordshire this week. He was introduced to our Chairman and Director of Children's Services before meeting a range of exceptional young people.
A full list of this week's articles can be found on our news blog.
The boys and men suicide prevention action group have composed two short anonymous questionnaires to help us gain some further insight to drive our work forward:
NB. Links to further support are provided at the end of both surveys.
Completed paper surveys can be sent to:
Jennifer Beer, Farnham House (postal point SFAR232) Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ