Welcome to this week's bulletin. We will be launching the new website this week so please bear with us. We will be updating content over the next month.
AGM in Sheffield on 27 september
The office will be closed on 27 September as the team will be talking to the membership at the annual general meeting (AGM). If you cannot join us there, you can still follow on twitter #NSUNAGM2017.
Creating a service user network response to benefit reforms
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue.
Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by firstname.lastname@example.org(please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
Learning disability and Human Rights - Helen Wildbore, Senior Human Rights Officer at the British Institute of Human Rights, shares learning from two major projects on how human rights can help improve mental health and mental capacity services, one working with practitioners and one working with advocacy and support groups
non NSUN material in the e-bulletin
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.
Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
Together are looking for a peer support coordinator, criminal justice
Together are currently developing peer support within our Liaison and Diversion services, and are looking to recruit a Peer Support Coordinator who has personal lived experience of the criminal justice system and of mental distress. Lived experience of the criminal justice system may include, for example, experience of being arrested, being in police custody, prison, and would involve having a criminal record.
The Peer Support Coordinator will work with a team of Peer Supporters, service users, and staff, to develop and embed peer support within the service.
Salary: £21,715 plus £3,630 geographical allowance per annum Hours: 37.5 per week Location: Old Street, EC1V 9BE Deadline for applications: 5pm, 29 September
More information about the position can be found here
A new vision for mental health
Have you ever wondered what mental healthcare would look like if, knowing what we know today, it could be redesigned from scratch?
A New Vision for Mental Health is an innovative website that seeks to answer this question by taking a critical, informed and constructive look at the current mental health system.
It explores ideas, insights and suggestions – from a wide range of individuals and organisations – that might, in time, lay the foundations for a new and quite different approach to mental healthcare.
A New Vision for Mental Health will create opportunities for service users, mental health professionals, trainees and students to engage actively in discussions, debates and events. And, over time, it is hoped that these contributions will comprise a growing resource bank, an expanding knowledge base, and a coherent framework for mental healthcare.
Just some of the subjects covered in A New Vision for Mental Health:
Daniel Fisher to speak at compassionate mental health event
Daniel Fisher is a american psychiatrist with his own personal recovery story to share. As a young biochemist he experienced psychosis, was hospitalised several times and given a diagnosis of schizophrenia.
He is a board-certified psychiatrist who completed his residency at Harvard Medical School, and is currently Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center.
Daniel is an international speaker, activist, trainer and researcher – passionate about promoting recovery for people labeled with mental illness.
Participation in the compassionate mental health conference
eCPR training: 2 and 3 October. eCPR is an approach Daniel took part in in creating.
Presentations: 4 and 5 October
For more information about the conference which takes place in West Wales, please visit the dedicated website.
Have you used digital therapies on the NHS?
Would you take part in a focus group to share your experience?
Date: 26 October
Venue: Mind in Croydon
If you'd like to discuss this opportunity or get an application, please contact:
Zara Sumpton, Policy and Campaigns Assistant, Mental Health Services
Funding from Comic Relief Local Communities programme
This 12 month programme is responding to the growing need of small locally led groups to cover their day to day costs. The aim is to provide funding for groups’ core costs - meaning expenditure that is not connected to delivering projects but focusing on investing in the organisation as a whole, such as basic running costs. Comic Relief know securing core funding can be tough and want to use this programme to help support those doing much needed work in their local communities.
Comic Relief wish to recognise the importance of local community organisations and the pivotal role they play across the UK. That is why they have developed this exciting programme to fund organisational costs only and NOT direct project delivery
Grant Size Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available for organisations with an annual income of £100,000 or under in the last financial year.
Deadlines and Rounds Round 1 Opens: 4 September 2017 Deadline for applications: 16th October 2017
Round 2 Opens: 15 January 2018 Deadline for applications: 26th February 2018
Round 3 Opens: 16 April 2018 Deadline for applications: 28th May
Comic Relief cannot accept applications from the following Boroughs City of London Hackney Newham and Tower Hamlets
You need to contact your local Community Foundation.
Survey: commissioning for better outcomes
This survey contains 17 questions and should take you around 15-20 minutes to complete.
It is aimed people involved in co-production who have some understanding of commissioning. If there are any questions you feel you are unable to answer please simply state this in the response and skip to the next question.
The Local Government Association (LGA) are reviewing the Commissioning for Better Outcomes framework that was originally developed to support council commissioners. They are planning to update it in the Autumn.
Your views are very important to make this a success.
Person - centered care: is it happening?
After two decades of policy promises, National Voices wanted to assess whether health and care services are delivering person-centred care.
This week, the organisation published Person-centred care in 2017. David Behen, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, welcomed the findings, saying that they highlight the need for better personalisation.
Survey: reasons why people choose to take anti-psychotic tablets
(People given a diagnosis of schizophrenia / schizophrenia spectrum)
A student who also works with Rethink invites you to take this survey.
From the student's communication with us, this is primarily for people who use Rethink services but not exclusively.
The student is looking at the reasons why people given these diagnoses choose to take their anti-psychotic tablets. Taking medication can help people to stay well. Through understanding the reasons why people choose to take medication then the way services support people can be improved.
This survey should not take you more than 10 - 15 mins to complete. Please take a look here
World Mental Health Day champions event in MIddlesborough
Free Time to Change & Champions event
Theme: men & mental health stigma
All welcome- individuals, groups, organisations, employers, colleges.
Refreshments & afternoon tea provided!
Friday 20 October
The Resource Centre, Meath Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 4RY
Travel expenses up to £15 available for Champions & people attending not in a paid capacity. Travel receipts required for reimbursement.
NHS Commissioning, the changes, the future
Commissioning was introduced into the NHS in the early 1990s, when reforms separated the purchasing of services from their delivery, creating an ‘internal market’. It was argued that making providers compete for resources would encourage greater efficiency, responsiveness, and innovation.
The Kings Fund have put together information concerning: