NSUN Bulletin 3rd May 2016


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Peer Supported Open dialogue and West Midlands Listening Event: a comparative review - Emma Perry attended the Peer Supported Open Dialogue Conference as well as a listening event in the West Midlands. Both occasions provoked reflections on whether things are shifting (or not) in the mental health world. 

Annual Gathering 2016 - Birmingham 8 June

We are inviting all members to join the team for our annual gathering to take place in Birmingham on 8 June 2016. The theme this year is 'Thrive, Building for a better future'. The event will also see the launch of the Shaping Our Lives report ‘From mental illness to a social model of madness and distress’. Booking essential. Please visit this page

Call for social innovation examples (reminder)

Social Care Strategic Network (SCSN) and the National Survivor User network (NSUN) are looking for practical examples of where people using services have been involved in the co-production of innovative social approaches to mental health from across the country

#NSUNthrive10 campaign

It is 10 years since the 'Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham.  It was at this conference in 2006 that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.

We have survived!  To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. We want to continue to communicate weekly with over 5000 people. Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign.

You can also raise money by shopping online with the  Giving Machine

NSUN is about people 'doing it for themselves' with the right help, at the right time, in the right place.


Previously shared information available online

Please visit our website to find involvement opportunities, jobs and events we shared in previous e-bulletins. This includes our guides to support involvement in reducing the use of restraint in mental health settings.


NSUN members get discount offers on several events

Mental Health in the Young - 21 June, Salford. Please visit here for information concerning the event and your discount code. Organisers originally asked for people to confirm by 22 April but it may be worth checking with them again this week, in case there are some discounted places left.

Healthcare UK (HCUK) events and masterclasses taking place between April and July - please visit here for details concerning many events and a discount code


Mental Health and Human Rights for the Third Sector: London

Date: Tuesday 21 June
Time: 9.45am
Venue: National Council for Voluntary Organisations Society Building, 8 All Saints Street London N1 9RL

The British Institute of Human Rights, NSUN and Wish invite you to attend a learning event about human rights and mental health. The event is part of a project run by BIHR and partners which looks at how human rights can help ensure people using mental health/mental capacity services are treated with dignity and respect. The project is called ‘Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy’ .

The event is FREE to attend but places are limited and only open to those working on mental health or mental capacity for a third sector organisation.

Visit the website to book a place.

Who's Who in the Regions?

The regional VCS network organisations have each developed a regional “Who’s Who” guide to support voluntary and community sector organisations make contact with people in the health and care structures in each region including clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards, local Healthwatch organisations, commissioning support units and CQC in each local authority. Follow the links below to get to your most relevant regional guide:

Who’s Who Guide East of England

Who’s Who Guide East Midlands

Who’s Who Guide South West

Who’s Who Guide Yorkshire and Humber

Who’s Who Guide West Midlands


Visit the Regional Voices website for more information.


St Mungo's launch campaign to stop the scandal of people with mental ill health left sleeping rough

'Stop the Scandal' report and resource page:

Use the free resources to campaign to Stop the Scandal of people with mental health problems left sleeping rough.

You can spread the word by putting up posters in your local area, download templates to raise the issue with your MP or in your local newspaper and read St Mungo's Stop the Scandal report to find out why we're campaigning on this issue.

'Stop the Scandal' petition letter

You can sign this letter to urge the government to take positive action by by leading a new, ambitious national rough sleeping strategy


World Benzo Awareness Day (B.A.D)

Date: 1 July 

This date was designated in recognition of Prof. Ashton’s significant contributions to the benzodiazepine cause over so many decades.

World Benzo Awareness Day seeks to raise global awareness about the severe problem of doctor induced benzodiazepine drug dependency that continues to affect millions of  people worldwide; either directly or indirectly..

Find out more information and download flyers for awareness raising here.

The Serenity House Team invites you and your colleagues to The Delta Recovery Club Conference on

Date: Wednesday 25th May 2016  
Time: 10.30 - 3pm
Venue: Alma Centre, 29 Alma Road, Bristol BS8 2ES.

The Delta Recovery Club  is a detox support group for methadone users, non-opiate/prescription drug users and alcohol dependants.

A light buffet lunch will be served at 12:30pm.

You are also encouraged to invite any friends or colleagues who might benefit from our conference.

Please confirm your attendance by email or call 07411 015 853 indicating any dietary requirement by 23rd May 2016.


Peer Support film released by the Nottingham Institute of Mental Health

The Institute’s Peer Support Training Team is pleased to announce the launch of the new film ‘Peer Support: A Shared Journey’. Following the success of their tandem-inspired film last year, the team has co-produced another exciting instalment in collaboration with Self Help, based in the North West. Having developed a strong working relationship with Self Help, founded on the principles of peer support, the team wanted to take the opportunity to share this with a wider audience, as a celebration of true co-production and the power of peer support.

Co-funded by Self Help and the Institute and produced as part of the Institute’s Peer Support Managed Innovation Network, the film celebrates peer support and the layers of benefits it offers – to peers, trainers, organisations and communities.

Emma Watson from the Peer Support Team said, “We used the idea of building and decorating a marquee to illustrate how we had come together to create something exciting and creative. We learnt so much through working together and everybody contributed some of their experiences in interviews, which really brings the film to life. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did creating it!”

The film will be used as a means of visually communicating the benefits of the team’s approach to peer support to organisations and peers who are interested in learning more.

To watch the film, go to the Institute of Mental Health website: www.institutemh.org.uk  

If you would like to find out more, please contact Marissa Lambert, Peer Support Training Lead on 07766 733179 or email marissa.lambert@nottshc.nhs.uk


Call for papers - Inaugural UK Mental Disability Law Conference

Event to take place on Friday 1 July 2016 (9am to 4.30pm) at the Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD

Call for papers – deadline date is 1 May 2016

Offers of papers for the breakout sessions are invited from scholars of any discipline relevant to law and governance relating to mental disability (including psychosocial disabilities/mental health problems, learning disabilities, and dementia and related disorders of old age). There is no restriction on methodology:  papers may be empirical, policy-centred, historical, analytic, traditional legal, or theoretical, in approach.

If you would like to submit a paper to present at the conference then please complete and return the attached call for papers proposal form and send to Professor Peter Bartlett  If you have any queries with regards to submitting a paper then please send these to Professor Peter Bartlett.

More information and proposal forms here

If you would like to register your attendance then please complete and return a proposal form and send to Karen Sugars 


Participate in research on type 2 diabetes and mental health

Researchers at City University London would like to recruit people with Type 2 diabetes who are aged 18 or over and have a mental health diagnosis (psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder) to take part in a short survey to find out about the diabetes care they receive and their experiences: https://goo.gl/ghxi7q

The research team would also like to invite healthcare professionals to take part in another short survey, which asks about your experience of delivering care for type 2 diabetes in people with severe mental illness.

GPs, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists and Diabetologists are invited to take part in this survey: https://goo.gl/hMYIeO

For more information on either or both questionnaires please contact Frederique: Frederique.lamontagne-godwin.1@city.ac.uk

A £2 donation will be donated to diabetes or mental health charities for each completed questionnaire.


Progression Together evaluation launch event

Together for Mental Wellbeing is launching the results of a three-year independent evaluation of its model of personalised accommodation based support – Progression Together – at an event on 17 May 2016 in London.

Progression Together is designed to support people with complex and challenging mental health needs to move progressively towards increased independence. Funded by the Department of Health, the aim of the evaluation was to measure the impact of the services on those that use them and provide evidence of the benefits of personalised support in this setting more widely.

On the day the Mental Health Foundation will present the key findings from the evaluation and there will be a discussion around what Together has learnt. There will also be the opportunity to hear from people that have used Together’s services.

If you would like to attend the event, or find out more, please email Elveta Bailey at elveta-bailey@together-uk.org.


Employment opportunity: research assistant / service user researcher

Population Health Research Institute - St George's University of London (SGUL)

  • Salary: £25,023 to £30,738 Plus London Allowance of £2,943
  • Closing Date: Monday 16 May 2016
  • Interview Date: Monday 23 May 2016

The post-holder will be a key member of the team from the Population Health Research Institute at SGUL working alongside researchers from City University and Together for Mental Wellbeing. Duties involve undertaking local data collection in the form of questionnaires and in-depth interviews with participants and staff, contributing to analysis and helping set up the study’s online profile. 

For more information and how to apply: please visit here


Petition for general strike on July 2016 against the cuts

Wave of Action UK are calling for a general strike on 4 July 2016 against austerity. You can sign the petition here


Inequalities in end of life care review

Care Quality Commission (CQC) is planning to launch its national review about inequalities in end of life care on 9 May (the start of Dying Matters week).

Following the recommendation of More care, less pathway, the independent review of the Liverpool Care Pathway, the CQC undertook to review how dying patients are treated across various settings. As care in the preceding months has a significant impact on care in the last days, we looked at end of life care from identification through to death and bereavement. In particular, we focused on end of life care for people who may be less likely to receive good care, whether because of diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.

People from the following group were asked about their experience of end of life care, and the barriers which may prevent them from experiencing good, personalised care at the end of life:

  • People with conditions other than cancer
  • Older people
  • People with dementia
  • People from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups
  • People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender
  • People with a learning disability
  • People with a mental health condition
  • People who are homeless
  • People who are in secure or detained setting
  • Gypsies and travellers

The report will include recommendations for the healthcare system and will set out what CQC will do in response.


Mental health: the way forward

The Labour Party Health Policy Commission have published a consultation document Mental Health: the way forward.  

The consultation document has been produced by the Health and Care Policy Commission to seek the views of Labour members and affiliates, businesses and other organisations, and the wider public on this priority issue. The document sets out key challenges in this area that the Policy Commission has identified for further consideration. To download the document and make a submission visit the website.

The Socialist Health Association is organising  a meeting in Norwich on 28th May to discuss it.  For enquiries about the meeting please email Martin Rathfelder or call 07968703740.


Consultation: healthcare student funding

Under the existing system two-thirds of people who apply to become a nurse aren’t accepted for training. The proposals will create up to 10,000 more training places by 2020, allowing universities to accept more applicants with the right qualifications than they currently do. The plans will also offer student nurses, midwives and allied health professionals typically around 25% more financial support while they study - read more hereConsultation open until 30 June 2016.

Labour calls Commons vote to save student bursaries

Labour’s shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has called an “opposition day debate” on the government’s plans to scrap NHS bursaries for student nurses and midwives.

Junior Doctors brand Health Secretery's handling of contract crisis 'abysmal'

Doctors on strike were filmed expressing their views.

Jeremy Hunt parodied by mash up wizards

Video editing duo Cassetteboy have taken inspiration from the junior doctors’ strike to make their latest topical video, which features Hunt singing his own version of “YMCA” by The Village People.