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 to present at Electronic Prescribing in Mental Health conference
Research 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.
Join us in a deep democracy workshop in Stratford (13 February)
As 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.
Mental health PIP court case: government 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.
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
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
In 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
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.
Manchester research network raises awareness of autism
Autism@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
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.
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
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