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.
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 Standardsto 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-productionhere.
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.
'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.'
Mental health activists score victory over DWP chief
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.
Join in an active involvement in research day to take place in London
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).
The venue is wheelchair accessible; for other access or dietary needs, please email Savi by 15 February on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7848 0668.
Community screening of Crazywise film & discussion evening with director 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.
Time: 4pm - 8pm
Venue:Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD
For more information and booking, please visit here
Social prescribing gaining momentum
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 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
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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