NSUN 29th Jan 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 29 January 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 29 January 2018
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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:

March and Demonstration - Saturday 3 February
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 
uni of nottingham
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.
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 
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