Nascot Lawn Stakeholder Briefing Outcome

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Briefing for Stakeholders - Nascot Lawn - Outcome of Judicial Review

21 February 2018

The Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) finance and performance committee unanimously concluded at its meeting on 16 November that the CCG would not continue to fully fund the respite service at Nascot Lawn.  This difficult decision was made in the context of a very challenging financial environment, and having to assess priorities in order to meet the financial requirements placed on us by statute.

Our decision was reached after a period of extensive engagement. We had these discussions with, for example: Hertfordshire County Council, Carers in Herts; Herts Parents Carers Involvement; Healthwatch; and of course the families of children using the service. We also conducted detailed assessments of children’s needs, and a wider consideration of the CCG’s challenging financial position was also important in our decision-making.

To read the full review please click here

Urgent Notification: Flu Pressure on Local Hospitals

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HCPA recently received an urgent alert from both Herts Valleys and East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Groups regarding increased pressure on local hospitals due to 'Flu like' symptoms in service users, which they would like for us to share with all our members.

Please see below for the full message: 

We are asking all care providers to refer any ‘Flu like’ symptoms in service users to your GP or OOHs doctor in the first instance, wherever possible, instead of A&E departments due to increased pressure on local hospitals.

As you are aware, cases of Flu cannot be confirmed until after swabs are taken. The District nursing service are working in conjunction with PHE to undertake this role,  and 111 or OOH Doctors are coming out to prescribe medication during the weekend period.

Your help in this matter, wherever possible, is much appreciated. 

Lived Experience Working Group for NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit

Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.

The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.

We are offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU.  Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.

You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.

Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/vacancies/mh-pru_lewg_brief-text

The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25th February 2018

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March 2018

We look forward to hearing from you.

Young Advisors on the Criminal Justice System

Great opportunity for young adults with CJS experience to join a new national panel

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We are currently recruiting young adults aged 16-25 to join a national panel and become Young Advisors on the Criminal Justice System. This initiative is supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust as part of its T2A initiative.

The Young Advisors project is aimed at young adults aged 16-25 years with personal experience of the criminal justice system – including policing and arrest, youth offending, courts and custody. We’re looking for a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and life experiences.

This is brilliant leadership opportunity for young adults who wish to develop their skills and experience, and make a positive difference. Young Advisors will travel to events in London (expenses paid) to work with decision-makers and experts. They will also play an important role in helping to gather the opinions of other young adults about the justice system. 

All the documents needed to apply for this opportunity are available via the links below. We’ve tried to make this simple and accessible for everyone. We would very much appreciate it if you could encourage any young person who you feel would benefit from this experience to apply, and support them to fill out the application if needed.

Young Advisors Consent Form

Young Advisors Application Form

Young Advisors Poster

Young Advisors Application Guidance Notes

If you have any questions about the application please contact kaytea@leaders-unlocked.org

Please note, the deadline for application forms is Wednesday 14th March 2018                                      

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - Information

GOV.UK: Mental Health Act Review - Service user and Carer survey

We want to listen to views from people with experience of being sectioned or of caring for someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as part of the review.

Our survey will enable us to take account of their views when we make recommendations for change.

You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February 2018:

Independent Review of the Mental Health Act
39 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0EU

Click to download the Carer Survey

Click to download the Service User Survey

Further information on the Mental Health Act Review can be found via the links below:

Royal College of Psychiatrist

 Centre for Mental Health

 MIND – Mental Health Act Review

Contact details: MHActReview@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Lifegeta Emotional Support Group Wednesday 7th February 2018

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Congratulations for getting through January one of the emotionally challenging months of the year

In February’s meeting we will be focussing on how to get motivated with a talk from New Leaf College who provide a range of courses and workshops to help you to take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills to build on your strengths.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Wednesday 7th February 2018

Anxiety, Panic, Fear, Frustration!

How do you cope with the emotions that come with finding yourself in a body that doesn’t do what it used to because of a sudden disability or a life changing diagnosis?

Why not come-

Monthly Meeting

Lifegeta Emotional Support for

Acquired life changing conditions & Diagnosis

(Hitchin Based)

Lifegeta is a support network for all types’ people with life changing acquired conditions + friends, family & carers.

Addressing the emotional effects of finding yourself in a body that doesn’t do what it used to do because of a life changing condition or disability (like head injury or stroke) or diagnosis (like MS or Fibromyalgia).

Lifegeta isn't just about disability!... It's an empowering night in the company of inspiring people, who despite the odds are getting on with it! ... 

Times: 7pm till 9pm ~ Cost: £2 (to cover outgoings non-profit)

Held at The Canary Club (@ Hitchin Town Football Club opposite the Swimming Pool)

Fishponds Rd, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1NU

The 1st Wednesday in every month

For more details Contact: Sue Ross - sueross@lifegeta.co.uk  Tel 07715 707488

2018 Dates

Wed. 3rd January - Intention Setting – SMART Goals part 1  

Wed 7th February - Intention Setting Part 2  

Wed 7th March - Emotion focused Coping - way of thinking           

Wed 4th April - Exploring the emotional effects of a Fibromyalgia diagnosis TBC

Wed 2nd May - Fatigue & The Spoon Theory TBC

Wed 6th June - Brain Fog           

Wed 4th July - Assuming – Not every disability is visible             

Wed 1st August - Listening Skills  

Wed 5th September TBC      

Wed 3rd October TBC      

Wed 7th November TBC      

Wed 5th December TBC      

 

 

NSUN 5th Feb 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 05 February 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 05 February 2018
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 05 February edition of our weekly ebulletin.
 
You can engage with the independent review of the Mental Health Act...take a look at the survey if you haven't already responded, and there are stakeholder events being set up - all the the Gov.uk news section.
 
Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
 
It is now two years since the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (FYFV-MH) was published. In February 2017 NHS England produced the One Year On report which reflected on progress made against the implementation plan.
 
NSUN is a member of the FYFV-MH Independent Oversight and Advisory Group. We have been keen to see that the intentions set out around involvement and co-production are upheld. Over the last few years we have seen the language of co-production more widely adopted, however the practice has not always followed.
 
What's been interesting is to hear people talk about the language of 'involvement' as being old fashioned or irrelevant now. Sadly this is often coming from organisations that haven't had the greatest track record of even the most basic of 'good involvement'.
 
For those who have been involved in 'involvement' for any length of time you will know that without meaningful and effective involvement the vision and intentions of co-production can not be realised.
 
NSUN lobbied for the 4Pi National Involvement Standards to be included in the FYFV-MH as a main recommendation to underpin the principles and practice of co-production. Although not making it as a recommendation in its own right the framework was included as an example of good practice to draw on.
 
At the last meeting we raised our concerns about a proposal to change the specific recommendation on 'Co-production evaluation' NHS England should work with NHS Improvement to run pilots to develop evidence based approaches to co-production in commissioning by April 2018 (FYFV-MH p73). This was based on the realisation that this would be difficult to achieve. 
 
Instead of changing the goal posts we challenge services and commissioners to change to really embrace the principles of  co-productions, to develop equal partnerships between people who use services, carers and professionals.
 
See TLAP's (Think Local, Act Personal) Ladder of Co-production here.
 
 
NSUN news 
 
 
Join us in a deep democracy workshop in Stratford (13 February)
 
Deep democacyAs a member of the Win-Win Alliance (one of the member partnerships for the Health & Wellbeing Alliance), NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session  Tuesday 13 February  in Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people.
 
This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
 
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Download invitation here
Email info@nsun.org.uk or call Sarah 07778 659 390 for more information.
 
 
Selected blog 
 
neo liberalismHow neoliberalism is damaging your mental health
 
'Perhaps most wearying are the invasive yet distant commands from media, state institutions, advertisements, friends or employers to self-maximise, persevere, grab your slice of the diminishing pie, “because you are worth it” – although you must constantly prove it, every day.'
 
Read the full blog by Ruth Cain here
 
Mental health PIP court case: Disability Rights UK update PIP guidance 
 
mental health PIP court case - gov backs downDisability Rights UK's PIP Guide has now been updated to include changes to regulations following the High Court decision RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, 31 January 2018.
 
You can find the revised guide here
 
Mental health activists score victory over DWP chief 
 
Esther McVey stands down from Samaritans
Victory for mental health activists as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey stands down from the Samaritans Advisory Board.
 
Furore erupted last week when it was confirmed that McVey, whose benefits sanctions policy has been blamed for suicides among claimants, was part of the advisory board of a carity that offers a listening ear to suicidal people.
 
Read more here
 
Suicide, society and crisis symposium calls for papers 
 
Suicide Society and Crisis symposium
Globally and at many times in history, instances and rates of suicide have been hugely symbolic resources for making statements about society.
 
The key goal of this symposium is to investigate the links between suicide and socio-political crisis, at macro and micro levels.
 
Please send paper proposals of approximately 250 words and a short bio by 9 March, as the symposium will take place in the Humanities and Research Centre, University of Sheffield, on 18-19 May.
 
More information and contact details here
 
 
Join in an active involvement in research day to take place in London 
 
Kings College An  'Active Involvement in Research Day' will bring together researchers (including service user-researchers), service users and carers across a range of health issues, and wider public.  Many people living in south London face a mixture of health and social problems, including living with more than one long-term condition, and facing poverty or other inequalities which affect their wellbeing. 
 
How can research involving local people help to improve health?  What areas should researchers be prioritising?  How can people get involved? 
 
The event will allow those taking part to share knowledge and ideas and together make a difference.

Date:Saturday 17 March 2018
Time:10am to 4pm (sign in from 9.30am)
Venue: Franklin Wilkins Building, King’s College London, Stamford Street, London SE1 9NH (very close to Waterloo station).
Cost: free and lunch will be provided
 
To book your place please visit this page.
 
The venue is wheelchair accessible; for other access or dietary needs, please email Savi by 15 February on savitri.hensman@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 0668.
 
Community screening of Crazywise film & discussion evening with director in Bristol 
 
Crazywise and discussion in Bristol The event (supported by UWE Africa Week) is aimed at bringing together health and social care students/professionals from the university, several health related sectors and the community to discuss the challenges facing Africans, all people of ethnically diverse origin, students and, indeed, the global population concerning issues of emotional distress/altered states of mind.
 
Date:14 March
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue:Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD
Cost: free
 
For more information and booking, please visit here
 
Social prescribing gaining momentum 
 
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Social Prescribing is a means of enabling GPs and other frontline healthcare professionals to refer patients to a link worker - to provide them with a face to face conversation during which they can learn about the possibilities and design their own personalised solutions, i.e. ‘co-produce’ their ‘social prescription’- so that people with social, emotional or practical needs are empowered to find solutions which will improve their health and wellbeing, often using services provided by the voluntary and community sector.
 
The Social Prescribing Network consists of health professionals, researchers, academics, social prescribing practitioners, representatives from the community and voluntary sector, commissioners and funders, patients and citizens.
 
GPs should start prescribing activities like gardening, tango dancing and fishing - instead of doling out a pill for every ill, health chiefs say.
 
 
Mental health and wellbeing activities at Blackfriars Settlement 
 
Blackfriars Settlement Blackfriars Settlement promote well-being through person-centred personal development.
 
Whether you are looking for a training and development pathway or prefer a less structured environment including peer support, there will be something here to help you develop skills and confidence. Thriving art sessions come as standard!
 
For more information and a list of activities, please visit Blackfriars Setlement's website
 
Mental Health Policy Research Unit 
Lived Experience Working Group
 
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Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.
 
The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
 
PRU is offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU. 
 
Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.
 
You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
 
The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25 February
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March
We look forward to hearing from you.
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GOV.UK news 
 
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
This includes the Service User and Carer survey.
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You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February:
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 
39 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0EU 
 
Stakeholder workshops
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act is in its initial scoping phase, seeking to identify priorities for further work later this year.
To inform this process we are holding workshops in London and Newcastle in late February, and will shortly share details of a further workshop in Cardiff.
The aim is to bring together interested parties of all types (e.g. service users, carers, professionals) to share their views on how the Act and associated practice might be improved.
 
To book your place at the workshops please click here:
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor info@nsun.org.uk
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West Herts Urgent Care Consultation

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Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  is looking at how people access urgent care services in west Hertfordshire and specifically walk-in services at Hemel Hempstead Hospital including the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) and West Herts Medical Centre (WHMC). To help us make decisions about these services we will be seeking your views.

All of the information for the consultation is available here:  www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/urgentcareconsultation

Details of the consultation public meetings are below – to help with arrangements it would be useful if you could confirm attendance by emailing communications.hvccg@nhs.net

Monday 12 February

7 – 9pm

Berkhamsted Civic Centre, 161 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HB

*

Wednesday 21 February

7 – 9pm

South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1JF

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Tuesday 20 March

7 – 9pm

Hertsmere Borough Council, Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, WD16 1 WA

*

Wednesday 21 March

7 – 9pm

St Albans Patient Group public meeting,

St Albans District Council Offices, St Peters Street, St Albans, AL13JE

More information: www.sapg.org.uk

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Thursday 22 March

7 – 9pm

West Herts College, Watford Campus, Hempstead Road, Watford WD17 3EZ

 

 

BACP petition for access to trained counsellors to be provided in schools

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In December 2017 the Department of Health and Department of Education in Westminster jointly published their green paper on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision.

Applying to England only, the paper sets out the Government’s ambition for children and young people’s mental health. It pays particular attention to the roles that schools and colleges can play in both providing services and improving outcomes.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) are particularly disappointed that the Government has not included a commitment to universal provision of school-based counselling. That is despite these being services available to all children across Wales and Northern Ireland and the Department for Education’s own expectation, set out in Counselling in schools: a blueprint for the future, that all schools should provide access to counselling services.

They would like people to contact their MP to let them know that the Government is missing a golden opportunity to give all children and young people equal access to effective counselling interventions in our schools and colleges. The same rights as children and young people in Wales and Northern Ireland enjoy.

Please click here to sign the petition:

 

NSUN 29th Jan 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 29 January 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 29 January 2018
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 29 January edition of our weekly ebulletin.
 
Gentle reminder - you can engage with the independent review of the Mental Health Act...please take a look at the the Gov.uk news section.
 
 
NSUN news 
 
NSUN to present at Electronic Prescribing in Mental Health conference

electronic prescribingResearch Co-ordinator Emma Ormerod is speaking at this conference, which will focus on planning, developing and implementing clinically led electronic prescribing systems in a mental health setting – both inpatient and community.
 
Through national updates, and practical case studies from organisations with a proven track record of effective implementation the conference will support you to improve patient care through delivering and improving the effectiveness of electronic prescribing systems within your mental health service.

Date: Friday 23 February
Venue: De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
Follow this conference on Twitter #eprescribingMH

There are free places availble - booking code is hcuk00nsun and it’s first come, first served.
 
To book your place, please click here
 
 
Join us in a deep democracy workshop in Stratford (13 February)
 
Deep democacyAs a member of the Win-Win Alliance (one of the member partnerships for the Health & Wellbeing Alliance), NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session  Tuesday 13 February  in Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people.
 
This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
 
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Download invitation here
Email info@nsun.org.uk or call Sarah 07778 659 390 for more information.
 
 
Member's blog 
 
blogNSUN member Vanessa Yim reviews Lynn Tang's latest book 'Recovery, Mental Health and Inequality: Chinese Ethnic Minorities as Mental Health Service Users'
 
The full review is here
 
Mental health PIP court case: government backs down 
 
mental health PIP court case - gov backs down The DWP will not appeal the High Court ruling in the case won  by the Public Law Project and their mental health client RF in December.
 
This means that many mental health survivors will now be eligible for higher rates of Personal Independence Payments, after the High Court said the Government’s changes were 'blatantly discriminatory' against them.

This is a huge victory. More than 160,000 people to access funds that they are rightly entitled to.
 
The decision to backdate these payments will restore the sense of independence to all those from which it was unjustly taken.
 
Please read more here
 
March for the NHS 
 
NHS is broken - fix it now The #NHSWinterCrisis has now descended into a perpetual year round  crisis. A crisis that has brought staff to their knees and patients languishing and even dying in overcrowded waiting rooms and hospital corridors.

On the 70th year of the NHS we created - demand that #ourNHS is given back! Let's must end the NHS crisis now.

Join the demonstration, called by the People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together, on Saturday 3 February, 2018:

NHS IN CRISIS - FIX IT NOW
March and Demonstration - Saturday 3 February
12pm,  
Assemble Gower Street Central London WC1
 
For more information (leaflet, route, accessibility) please visit this page
 
Time to Talk Day 
 
time to talk Time to Talk Day is taking place on 1 February.
 
Where will you have your conversations?
If you’ve yet to decide here are some ideas based on what people are doing on the day:
  • A night in with friends
  • A mental-health themed quiz
  • Posting on facebook
  • Running and talking to clubmates
Want more inspiration?
Download the communications pack – it’s full of ideas and tips for running and promoting your own activities.
Share where you’re having your conversations on Time to Talk Day with as many people as possible to encourage more people to talk about mental health.
Share your activity on social media and include @TimetoChange and #TimetoTalk, or email info@time-to-change.org.uk
Good luck with anything you decide to do!
 
Mental Health Employee Group day in Leicester 
 
leicester Last year the group held the first ‘Time to Talk’ event in the workplace, it was attended by over 60 employees.  
 
The group are proposing to do the same this year but on February 5 not the 1st as they could not get a venue on this day.

Date: Monday 5 February
Time: 9.30am - 1pm incl light lunch
Venue: Leicester City Council, City hall, Charles Street, Leicester.

Most organisations that attend have a stall at the event with details about their organisation, this enables attendees to engage with you during the break time on the support you offer. 
 
In addition, at the event last year several organisations in attendance mentioned they’d appreciate the chance to deliver a talk or presentation on the work of their organisation to participants.  
 
The organisers would also like to offer you 10 minutes on the agenda to talk to participants about your organisation and the support you provide.

If this is something you would be interested in participating in could you please let me know as soon as possible so we can ensure you have a stall and space on the agenda. 
 
Interested? Please contact:
Sonya King, Equalities Officer, Delivery, Communications & Political Governance Division, Leicester City Council, City Hall, 4th floor, Halford Wing, 115 Charles Street, LE1 1FZ
 
Internal: 374132
External: 0116 4544132 
 
Alice's Mad Hatter tea party in Oxford 
 
mad hatter Enjoy afternoon tea with interesting people
 
Date: 13 February
Time: 3pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Richard Benson Hall, St Mary & St Johns’ Church, 271 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1UR

More details from Alice 0789 5576 398
 
Survey - Mental Health Action Week North Tyneside 
 
north tynesideIn May 2018, North Tyneside will be hosting an alternative to Mental Health Awareness Week, Mental Health Action Week. We say awareness raising isn't enough, people's lives are getting harder and action is needed.

The organisers want to hear from a wide range of people to identify the key issues negatively impacting mental health. They will use this information to ensure the ‘actions’ are focusing in the right areas.
 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to take this survey.
 
Second UK mental disability law conference to take place in Nottingham 
 
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The second UK Mental Disability Law Conference is due to take place at the University of Nottingham.
 
Date: 26 - 27 June 2018
Venue: School of Law, University of Nottingham
 
Call for papers and registration now open!
 
Mental disability law (including both mental health law and mental capacity law) in the UK has come into its own in recent years, and there is now a wide range of researchers active in the field, in a variety of disciplines, along with people with lived experience.
 
Please see flyer for further details
 
To submit a paper please complete the submission form and return to Peter Bartlett by 1 May.
 
To register to attend please complet the registration form and return to Karen Sugars by 19 June.
 
Manchester research network raises awareness of autism 
 
Autism@manchesterAutism@Manchester brings academics and clinicians together with members of the autistic community. The network has recently produced the following:
 
Series of films to raise awareness about what it is like to live with autism
The researchers would be grateful if you could click on this link to watch the film, then fill out the short survey (the whole activity should take ~10 minutes).

Guidelines for conducting research with the autistic community
This guidance covers the considerations that researchers should take into account when  conducting research with the autistic community and is particularly valuable for those researchers who are just starting out in the autism field or would like to increase active involvement of autistic people in their research.
 
Mental Health Policy Research Unit 
Lived Experience Working Group
 
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Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.
 
The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
 
PRU is offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU. 
 
Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.
 
You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
 
The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25 February
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 March
We look forward to hearing from you.
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GOV.UK news 
 
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
This includes the Service User and Carer survey.
.
You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February:
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 
39 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0EU 
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Walking in Hertfordshire - February

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Welcome to the FEBRUARY Walking in Hertfordshire
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Many more reasons and opportunities to MOVE MORE & FEEL GREAT in 2018

Sign up for the Workplace Challenge

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Motivate your colleagues by joining today for FREE! Just 10 minutes of activity a day can help you feel better, improve mood and concentration and help improve sleep. Organisations across Hertfordshire will be taking part in the challenge, which lasts for 8 weeks, and encourages staff to build activity into and around their working days. This is for ALL abilities and everyone is encouraged to do a little bit more activity than usual.
To sign up, visit www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/signup. Once registered, you will need to log your activity each week and everyone can gain activity points, with prizes to be won throughout the challenge. The challenge runs until March 4, 2018. Get set, GO!

Discover the Hertfordshire Way - a new guide

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Passing through peaceful fields, quiet footpaths and lovely villages, The Hertfordshire Way is a long-distance waymarked path that guides you all the way around the county. It’s now easier than ever to enjoy, thanks to a new full-colour edition of the official guidebook which divides the route into 16 manageable legs of between 9 and 15 miles. Each starts and ends as close to public transport as possible and is clearly described with a detailed map, delightful watercolour pictures and photos of highlights along the way. The whole route itself is clearly marked with distinctive green and white roundels and signposts.
Cost: £10 (+ £1.50 postage) and is available from the Friends of the Hertfordshire Way. Contact hertfordshireway@gmail.com or visit www.fhw.org.uk.

Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity - February is Volunteering Month

Get active while giving something back to your community. The Countryside Management Service has plenty of opportunities across the county to help you get started, with several FREE training dates in the pipeline (see below).

Midweek Practical Conservation Volunteers Tasks run every week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; email for more details.

Rights of Way Surveyor Next training date: Saturday February 10, 2018 in Hitchin.

Guided Walk Leader Next training date: Thursday March 8, 2018 in Hertford.

Hertfordshire Health Walk leaders Next training date: Wednesday February 21, 2018 in Watford.

Hertfordshire Health Walk Ambassador Next training date: Wednesday February 28, 2018 in Welwyn.

For more information call 01992 588433 or email northeast.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk or healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

 

Walks & More

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The CMS promotes a calendar of FREE outdoor events called Walks & More. These events are the great opportunity to enjoy exploring Hertfordshire's beautiful countryside, learn local history, or have a fun family day out. Below are some of February's top picks

Maisie's Walks - North Herts

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Monday February 5, 2018 - 10.30am-12.30pm
An easy stroll around beautiful North Herts countryside, identifying wildlife, fauna and flora. Pocket sized books for each subject--birds, animals, insects butterflies, trees wildflowers fungi - are provided. Meet at the former Windmill pub in the middle of the tiny hamlet of Charlton, SG5 2AE. No need to book, just turn up.

NEW Watton at Stone Health Walk

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Every Tuesday 10am-11.30am
Join Hertfordshire Health Walk leaders for a circular brisk walk. Meet at the Nigel Poulton Community Hall, SG14 3SF. No need to book, but please register as a Health Walker online beforehand.

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Talk to us at our Learning Disability Service Watch Group

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The Learning Disability Service Watch Group is a chance to speak up about health and social care services

Anyone who is interested in health and social care services can attend

Our meetings run from 12pm to 3pm every other month

There is a free lunch included before the meeting from 12pm to 1pm

For more information call: 01707 275978
 
Or visit our website: www.healthwatchhertfordshire.co.uk

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NSUN bulletin 22nd January 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 08 January 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 22 January 2018
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
A group of psychologists have launched an alternative framework to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
 
Whilst the survivor movement welcomes the framework and identifies with a lot in its approach, there are ambivalent feelings, as reflected in our featured member's blog.
 
Besides other features,this bulletin also brings you news about the Mental Health Act review and how NSUN is engaging with it.
 
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - service user and carer survey
The review is seeking views from people with experience of being sectioned or of caring for someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as part of the review.
You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February 2018:
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 
39 Victoria Street 
London 
SW1H 0EU 
 
NSUN news 
 
NSUN to co facilitate Deep Democracy session on disability employment
 
Deep democacyAs a member of the Win-Win Alliance (one of the member partnerships for the Health & Wellbeing Alliance), NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session  Tuesday 13 February  in Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people.
 
This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
 
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Download invitation here
Email info@nsun.org.uk or call Sarah 07778 659 390 for more information.
 
 
Survivor researchers influencing mental health act review
service user researchers influencing mental health act review
 
Members of the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) have met with Steven Gilbert (one of three Vice chairs for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Panel) to discuss what support and guidance could be provided to organisations who will be selected to facilitate focus groups.
 
Read more here
 
Member's blog 
 
Power Threat Meaning Threat Power Power Power!
A blog by Scheherazade, on the launch of the Power Threat Meaning Framework.

''2018 has started with a bang. Well, at least within the small islands of UK’s mental health activism....''
 
To read the full blog, please click here
 
Mental Health Policy Research Unit 
Lived Experience Working Group
 
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Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.
 
The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
 
PRU is offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU. 
 
Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.
 
You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
 
The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25th February 2018
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March 2018
We look forward to hearing from you.
 
Psychologists launch alternative framework to psychiatic diagnosis models 
 
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A group of senior psychologists (Lucy Johnstone, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, David Harper, Peter Kinderman, David Pilgrim and John Read) and high profile service user campaigners (Jacqui Dillon and Eleanor Longden) spent five years developing the Power Threat Meaning Framework as an alternative to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
 
They were supported by researcher Kate Allsopp, by a consultancy group of service users/carers, and by many people who supplied examples of good practice that is not based on diagnosis.
 
Read the full framework's creators introduction here
 
Do we still need the diagnosis of 'personality disorder'? 
 
Lucy Johnstone Viewpoint in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (School of Health & Social work) are delighted to invite Dr Lucy Johnstone (a clinical psychologist, writer, trainer and speaker) to come to Hertfordshire to speak about critical perspectives on 'Personality Disorder'.
 
Dr Johnstone led the group which produced the Power Threat Meaning Framework.
 
Date: 7 February
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Prince Edward Hall, (Main Building), University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB
Cost: free
 
To book your place, please click here
 
Legendary BME mental health activist launches book 
 
Suman Fernando
 
Legendary BME mental health activist, academic and former psychiatrist, Suman Fernando, has launched his most recent book entitledInstitutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health”
 
 
The book is designed to act as a conceptual framework to help activists and practitioners analyse institutionalised racism including within psychiatry.
 
Read more here
 
Come and see artist activist Tara Fleur, Woman of Bones, in Peckham 
 
woman of bones The next Mental Health Resistance Network/ SolidariTEA event will be held at The Field in Peckham on 1 February 2018.
 
It's a spoken word event featuring the phenomenal Tara Fleur, Woman of Bones.
 
Tara will also be showing her Digital Art, and bringing Friends Made of Bones. Tara identifies as a survivor, and has recently returned to work in the NHS after 17 years of bohemian living.
 
Her work is redolent with passion, bitingly satirical and searingly funny. 
 
Date:1 February
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Venue:The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross, London SE14 5HD
Cost: free
 
Event information on the Field website here
 
Social media campaign raises voices of women who have experienced abuse 
 
this is my storyAgenda, is an organisation that exists to ensure women and girls at risk of poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need. Agenda’s social media campaign  is raising women’s voices by sharing their experiences in their own words.
 
 
Around 1.2 million women in England and Wales have experienced extensive violence and abuse as both children and adults. As a result, they are often deeply traumatised and go on to face multiple problems like poverty, homelessness, poor mental health and using drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
 
To get involved, read the stories, share the campaign's messages, please click here
 
Policy Manager recruitment
Agenda is also recruiting for a Policy Manager, based in London. The deadline is 31 January. Find out more about the role here.
 
Race Equality Foundation seeks trustees 
 
Race Equality Foundation Race Equality Foundation is a dynamic and forward thinking Charity that promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and public services (what 'workers' do with people who need support).

The Foundation have a board of eight Trustees. Several tenures are coming to an end and there is a need for new people. The foundation is interested in individuals with expertise in finance, social media, IT and human resources. However, applications would be welcome from all who care passionately about bringing an end to race discrimination and its negative impacts.
 
Applications by CV and supportive statement.
Deadline: 31 January.
 
For more information, please read this page
 
Shape the future of the 50+ LGBT community in Rochdale 
 
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Voices for All will be runnning a workshop in partnership with the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) for members of the LGBT community who are aged 50 plus. Shaping, designing and delivering age friendly projects for the LGBT communities in Rochdale.
 
 

Discuss ideas and have a say in the future direction of the health and wellbeing support in the borough. Make a difference for over 50s!
 
Two workshops:
  • Friday 16 February, 1pm - 3pm, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
  • Thursday 22nd February, 5pm - 7pm, Petrus, 64 Long Street, Middleton M24 6DN
Contact:
Adrian Palmer – Operations Manager, Voices for All
T: 01706 510826
M: 07486433066
 
'A disorder for everyone!' February event in Brighton 
 
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AD4E is coming to Brighton and is in association with Hearing Voices Brighton
 
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Anne Cooke, Hearing Voices Brighton, Film maker John Richardson, Poet David Gilbert, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney.
 
AD4E events offer as many free places as possible to people with lived experience,  as well as discounted rates for other groups.

Please contact jowatson03@aol.com if you would like to negotiate a cheaper rate for group bookings of more than five people.
 
Date: 16 February
Time: 09:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Online booking here.
 
To find out about other AD4E events in Birmingham, Cork and London, visit the AD4E website.
 
CQC news 
 
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CQC, CEO Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Read more here.
 
Expert by Experience re-procurement process
CQC has been undertaking engagement activity around the pre-procurement process for the Expert by Experience programme though surveys, focus groups and stakeholder co-production meetings. You can register an interest in the procurement here.
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
PM commits to government-wide drive to tackle loneliness
The government is accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. For the full press release, please click here
 
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
This includes the Service User and Carer survey. Closing date 28 February.
 
Department of Health and Social Care
Last week the Department of Health rebranded as the Department of Health and Social Care
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NSUN Bulletin 8th Jan 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 08 January 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 08 January 2018
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
NSUN has now moved out of the office in Vauxhall. There may be some disruption to our phone service but other than that it's business as usual. Thank you for all your support over the last year. We're looking forward to continuing our work with you in 2018.
 
If you are willing and able, you can make a small donation to support the continuation of our bulletin service here or via our Total Giving page.
 
If you shop online you can also raise money without it costing you anything extra through the Giving Machine.
 
NSUN news 
 
Progress with Kindred Minds Manifesto
 
One of the 18 consultations that Kindred Minds undertook to inform the Manifesto
Kindred Minds Manifesto progressThe Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led manifesto and report needs funding for copy editing, design, publication and launch.
 
Currently, the NSUN London Co-ordinator, Raza Griffiths (who led on writing the manifesto) is exploring various avenues with Maudsley Charity, Institute of Psychiatry and other funding sources.
 
Help sought can also be in kind, such as: free venue and catering.
The Manifesto recommend changes to policy and practice to improve the mental wellbeing of BME mental health service users.
 
NSUN is lobbying for a Mental Health Act which is fully compliant with human rights
 
A model letter for MPs is available, electronically and in a hard copy on the campaigns page, together with information about how to use it. Don’t forget to contact your MP with it, if you share NSUN’s concerns about current plans for reforming the Mental Health Act.
 
It would also be helpful if you make sure that your MP is aware of the very important report which the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sent to the UK government during October, after examining the government earlier this year about its human rights record. You can find it here.
 
The points and recommendations under Articles 1-4, 12 and 14 are especially relevant to moving beyond purely medical models and to the need to end detentions and compulsory treatment.
 
Please also contact as many other individuals and organisations as you can and encourage them to lobby MPs and join NSUN’s campaign about Mental Health Act reform.
 
Please send NSUN information about:
  • Contacts you have had with your MP
  • Any reply from your MP. (It would be helpful if you can send a copy of this to NSUN at info@nsun.org.uk)
  • Any individuals/organisations who have expressed a willingness to join NSUN’s campaign about Mental Health Act reform.
Mental Health Leaders awarded in New year's honours 
 
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Mental Health leaders awarded in New Years Honours
 
Kathryn Livingston FPP
 
 
Kathryn Livingston was awarded British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours  as founder of First Person Plural for Services to People with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
 
Kathryn says: 'I can't believe I've received a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours. Its an amazing honour recognising the work of First Person Plural, the charity I co-founded way back in 1997.
 
I suspect this is the first time ever that an honours listing has cited "For Services to People with Dissociative Identity Disorder". I don't see this honour as mine alone but for everyone involved in First Person Plural over the last 20 years and for all those who live with DID. It is a great recognition for the field of Dissociative Identity Disorder as a whole.

I've been keeping this secret for about six weeks on the orders of the Cabinet Office. Its a great relief to be able to share widely at last. '
 
Congratulations to Kathryn and First Person Plural.
 
 
 
The field of mental health featured in another new year's honour, an OBE, awarded to Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England CEO, Poppy Jaman.
 
You can read more about this here.
 
Congratulation to Poppy!
 
Member's blog 
 
The wound is he place where the light enters you - crazywisdom explored by Nicky Hayward.
 
 
The truth about Blue Monday 
 
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Blue Monday (date) - Wikipedia
Blue Monday is the name given to usually the third Monday of January awhich is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
 
 
Read Mental Health Foundation's Isabella Goldie's blog about Blue Monday and the attempt being made by mental health charities to dispell this PR campaign created in 2005 to sell holidays by looking at the evidence
 
Read the full blog here.
 
Re-writing psychosis: crazywise screening and discussion 
 
crazywise How can people who experience psychosis, those close to them, health professionals, activists and researchers build a new narrative where thriving and resilience are a potential outcome, rather than hopelessness and stigma?
 
 
 
Date: 20 January
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: The Station Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
Cost: free

Join in for a community screening of award-winning film
C R A Z Y W I S E followed by speakers, debate and snacks.
 
There will be other screenings screenings in Bristol and Bath on 14 and 15 March, with director Phil Borges there to answer questions and where there will be extended discussion time, details TBC
 
For more information please contact oliver.watson@bristol.ac.uk
 
Take part in the development of '6 ways to wellbeing' web app 
 
6 ways to wellbeing app
A company called Uscreates are working with Maudsley International to run a research and design project around creating a free wellbeing digital app.
 
The aim of the app is to encourage people to use the 6 Ways to Wellbeing to carry out simple tasks in their day-to-day routine to feel more positive and stay healthy.Service users are invited to participate and also to discuss if they’d rather have 1-2-1 interview in February instead
 
Date: 17 January
Time: 5pm - 7pm, (drop in for an hour)
Venue: Vauxhall 
To say thank you: £20 Love2Shop voucher. 
RSVP: Please email thomas.1.canning@kcl.ac.uk a.s.a.p if you would like to attend
 
Dance performance explores relationship between black father and son 
 
Father and sons
Dance company Body Politic have made a dance theatre show called 'Father Figurine'.
 
It's about a black father and his son's broken relationship, and how they both struggle with mental illness but fail to communicate with each other after a traumatic event.
 
The show is happening alongside two other dance companies sharing their own work, one of which explores the divisive effect of Donald Trump on American society.
 
Date: 19 January
Time: 8pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Place, 17 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY (near Euston tube and mainline stn)
 
For more information please visit this facebook page
 
Workshop uses photos to explore service user's experiences 
 
Synergi
Synergi is a national initiative which aims to develop and promote the knowledge base around race based mental health inequalities and to include service user knowledge as part of this.
 
Synergi is holding two half day workshops for which they would like to use photos of BME service users as a focal point for greater reflection on the service user journey, in order to better communicate the realities of having what they term  ‘severe mental illness’ diagnoses and treatment for mental illness as experienced by ethnic minority people.
 
N.B NSUN doesn't  necessarily endorse the term “mental illness” or the bio medical perspective it enshrines.
 
Date: 16 - 29 January
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: Second Home, 68 – 80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL
 
Mental Snapp launches 
 
mental snapp Mental Snapp is a new way to manage your mental health using private video diaries.
 
Now, after a year of beta testing, Mental Snapp ready to launch to the world. Mental Snapp is now available free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and its creators want to celebrate with you!
 
Come and find out more about how it works, chat with creators and active users of the app, as well as trying the features of the app for yourself! 
 
Date: 24 January
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Bethnal Green Ventures, 14 Elder Street, London E1 6BT
Cost: free
 
To book your place please visit this page                   
 
Opportunity: lived experience facilitators, maternal mental health 
 
motherMind and McPin Foundation will be working in partnership with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Comic Relief to develop a set of Peer Support quality assurance principles for local providers across the UK.
 
As part of this project, Mind are recruiting four women who have experienced mental health problems whilst pregnant or after the birth of their child.
 
Those recruited will work with Mind and the McPin Foundation to co-facilitate three consultation events and a number focus groups in order to help us co-design a series of maternal mental health peer support principles with members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and women with lived experience.
 
For more information about this opportunity, please visit this page
 
Side by Side peer support project launches tooltkit 
 
Mind toolkit
The Big Lottery funded a programme led by Mind called ‘Side by Side’, which involved online and face-to-face peer support, by and for people with experience of mental health problems, in nine areas of England. 21,191 people took part in peer support and the projects were coordinated by 43 partner organisations.
 
Working alongside 9 groups and organisations expert in peer support, a team led by NSUN Trustee Dominic Makuvachuma-Walker at Mind have developed a toolkit which was launched last week - week of 20 November 2017.
 
The toolkit will be useful for people wishing to set up peer support for the first time, people wishing to further develop their peer support and also those commissioning peer support.
 
The toolkit is based on a set of core values emerging from interviews with almost 100 people involved in the Side by Side programme.
 
About a third of those who took part in these interviews were people involved in peer support by and for people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The toolkit can be found here
 
The evaluation was led by a partnership of St Georges, University of London, McPin Foundation and the London School of Economics. The summary, Early Findings and full reports can be found here
 
People involved in the programme have shared their experiences in a couple of films you can watch here and here
 
'The world is never quiet', a play on voice-hearing 
 
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Durham City is the setting for The World is Never Quiet, a new play by David Napthine.
 
Spend a summer’s day with a cast of characters inspired by visitors to the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that took place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017.
 
Drawing on his experience as writer in residence for the exhibition, David provides a compelling insight into what it is like to hear voices, with a play that takes its audience on a journey through the streets of Durham and the lives of its residents.
 
A rehearsed reading of The World is Never Quiet will be taking place on 26 January 2018. Join in at  Durham Town Hall at 19:30 for an hour of stories about Durham and its voice-hearers, and help develop this ground-breaking piece of work by providing feedback in a relaxed session after the event.
All are welcome to this free event, but pre-booking is essential.
 
Beyond the therapy room 
 
beyond the therapy room The conference will focus on ways in which health professionals and services can improve physical and emotional wellbeing and help to build a more psychologically caring society, in broader ways than traditional 1-1 psychological therapy.
 
The day is aimed at people with or without formal training in psychology or healthcare, including qualified or aspiring clinical psychologists, other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and people who have become experts through their own experiences of distress or mental health problems.
 
Date: 19 January
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Venue: The Temple of Peace King Edward VII Avenue Cardiff CF10 3AP
Cost: £11.35-£22.10
 
For more information and booking please visit this page
 
Vacancy: public involvement in research co-ordinator 
 
McPin Type: Fixed-term
Duration: 2 years
Location: London Southwark
Salary FTE: £30,201.26 (including £4,000 Inner London Weighting)
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week) but part-time working will be considered
 
McPin are developing our Public Involvement in Research team and are looking for a post holder to work on a portfolio of studies ensuring high quality public involvement and engagement is provided.
 
For more information and an application pack, please visit here
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
Open consultation
 
Over the counter (OTC) medicines
NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The consultation is open until 14 March and you can take part in face to face events or / and webinars. For more information please visit this page.
 
Independent Review of Mental Health Act
 
The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve. 
 
Approach to gathering evidence
The first phase of work, to spring 2018, will identify the review’s priorities. These will be set out in an interim report. The focus will be on the following sources of evidence:
  • engagement with service users and carers, through a survey, focus groups and a Service Users and Carers group
  • engagement with professionals and advocacy organisations, through meetings, workshops and governance groups
  • a call for evidence
  • commissioning bespoke analysis, including academic literature reviews and data analysis
A general call for evidence relating to the terms of reference and wider issues with the Act and associated practice is currently live. Please submit any evidence to MHActReviewEvidence@dh.gsi.gov.uk using the subject ‘Call for evidence submission’ by midday 22 January 2018.
 
Visit the GOV.UK website for more information.
 
Government plans for Mental Health Act reform: don’t forget to lobby your MP about these if you share NSUN’s concerns
As you will know, NSUN is concerned about the government’s current plans to reform the Mental Health Act. That is because, although the Act clearly needs reform, government plans seem to rest on a continuing dominance of the medical model and on reducing, not ending the use of detentions and compulsory treatment.
 
For further information about the points above, see NSUN’s Mental Health Act campaigns page.
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Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service Redesign Bulletin

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Please click here for the latest redesign bulletin outlining the changes we’ve made so far across Hertfordshire and the upcoming switch to community working in Letchworth Garden City.

We are moving in to Jackman’s Community Centre on January 29th  and offering appointments on Mondays (1.30 - 5pm), Tuesdays (9am – 5pm) and Wednesdays (12pm - 8pm).   

We will cease to use our service in Solutions House on that date and where possible could you direct all enquires to the Stevenage service via Stevenage@cgl.org.uk or 01438 364 495.

For further details vew the flyer here

 

Increase to Charges for Social Care ePetition

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Petition by Carers in Hertfordshire

Petition Overview:

Reject the proposals to increase charges for social care for severely disabled people who are being supported to live in their own homes, either alone or with family, as we believe that such increases will impact negatively upon:

  • the quality of their lives and consequently on their health and well-being,

  • the health and well-being of their family carers leading to potential carer breakdown,

  • the sustainability of their home  placement resulting in higher costs across the health and social care system.

We note the additional monies provided by Government and raised through the social care precept but we recognise the ongoing pressure on social care budgets and welcome the announcement that a Green Paper will be published this summer 2018.  However, we consider that these proposals if enacted would cause hardship and stress to the most severely disabled people in our community and their families.  We therefore call upon the County Council to reject them.

Click on the link for more information "Increase to charges for Social Care" ePetition

This petition closes on Tuesday, 20 February 2018

NHS Over the Counter (OTC) Consultation

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Please find below dates for the patient and public face to face meetings and webinars for the Over the Counter (OTC) consultation. 
These can also be found on the consultation webpage https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/over-the-counter-items-not-routinely-prescribed/

Face to face

Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: consultation meeting

Webinar’s

Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: consultation webinar

Lister hospital under extreme pressure – please keep A&E free for genuine emergencies

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The Lister hospital in Stevenage is under extreme pressure, due to the number of very sick patients needing to be admitted.

Emergency department doctors are asking people not to go to A&E unless it’s a life or limb-threatening emergency, or if they have been advised to go there by a healthcare professional.

People who have an urgent need for medical advice have three options:

  • Speak to a local pharmacist; many pharmacies have private consulting rooms
  • Call NHS 111 – a free 24/7 service accessible from any phone, where you can get advice over the phone from a range of clinicians
  • Consult the online NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk 

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is working very closely with its colleagues in community and social care to do everything possible to ensure patients attending the Lister get the care they need.  At the same time, they are making sure that those who are well enough can be discharged home or on to the next stage in their care.

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is working very closely with its colleagues in community and social care to do everything possible to ensure patients attending the Lister get the care they need.  At the same time, they are making sure that those who are well enough can be discharged home or on to the next stage in their care.

Across the country, the NHS is under extreme pressure.  The Trust is prioritising the welfare of the very sickest patients who need immediate life-saving care, and have brought in all available additional staff to help, in line with locally agreed winter plans.  Anyone coming to the Lister’s emergency department with a minor illness or injury is very likely to face a very long wait.  Please use alternative services and keep A&E for those who are gravely ill or injured. 

The release is jointly issued by East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.