Welcome to the 3rd April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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Making Reform of the Mental Health Act fit the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD)
NSUN, in partnership with Inclusion London, is organising a meeting to put together ideas for letters to the government and Professor Sir Simon Wessely and for a press release which advocate a human rights approach to current plans to reform the Mental Health Act.
In 2017 the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recommended that UK Governments should:‘Repeal legislation and practices that authorise non-consensual involuntary, compulsory treatment and detention of persons with disabilities on the basis of actual or perceived impairment’.
Professor Nimisha Patel (University of East London)
Dr Colin King (St George's University of London)
Dr Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire and Managing Editor: Asylum: the magazine for Democratic Psychiatry)
Date: Friday 27 april Time: 10am - 4:30pm (registration from 9:30am) Venue: Amnesty International 17-25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA
For more information and booking, please visit here
Money and Mental Health: Recovery Space Campaign
Over 20,000 people were battling problem debt whilst in hospital for their mental health last year in England alone – with thousands more struggling at home.
The Government is introducing a new ‘Breathing Space’ scheme, to give people in problem debt a window without fees or charges, and where they won’t be pursued by creditors if they seek debt advice. But this won’t support the tens of thousands of people in mental health crisis who are too unwell to either manage their finances alone, or to seek debt advice.
A campaign by Money and Mental Health is calling on the Government to extend the Breathing Space scheme to allow people in mental health crisis space to recover. We’re supporting them and back their call for #RecoverySpace.
Find out more and add your name here.
Voices for All news (Rochdale)
Guest speaker Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester
Date: Thursday 26th April 2018
Venue: St Andrews Church, Entwistle Road,Rochdale OL16 2HZ
Places must be booked as no admittance on the day if your name isn't on the attendance list.
Venue: Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale, OL16 1XU
The North East takes centre stage for World Health Innovation
The World Health Innovation is a two day festival of health talks will put the North East at the centre of a worldwide movement for health and social care. The focus is on promoting innovative solutions on wellness, preventing illness, and leadership.
Date: Thursday 17th and Friday 18th May 2018
Venue: Gosforth Civic Theatre.
Speakers include Northumbria CEO, Mr Jim Mackey and the Irish Health Services National HR Director Rosarii Mannion. The packed programme which includes both nationally renowned and local speakers will be focused on finding new ways to support existing services. They will be sharing their insight into the future of healthcare.
CHANGE is working with Cancer Research UK. Together, we want to make their online information better. Cancer Research UK would like to find out what information from their website will be most useful to users with accessibility needs and lower literacy levels, and what is the best way to access this information.
If you would like to take part or would like more information please email Jez or Shaunor telephone 0113 242 6619
'One Man in Leicester. One Life with depression. One Year of that Life'
Julian Harrison shares his insights and says,
‘A Year in Melancholia’ is my journey through one year of living with depression and OCD. Of coping (and occasionally not) with mental illness. As a narrative, it is often savage and brutal, sometimes heartrending and passionate, occasionally light and humorous, but always honest and authentic. Beginning on 1st January and ending on 31st December 2016, ‘A Year in Melancholia’ is a no holds barred account of what I have to deal with and how – and crucially, whether – I do so.
Coproduction event on Sexual safety in Mental Health settings
CQC are holding a coproduction event on Sexual safety in Mental Health settings. They are looking to involve public representatives in coproducing a report on the reporting of sexual abuse and/or harassment in Mental Health Inpatient settings.
Date: 26 April,
Venue: Central London.TBC
Pleasecomplete this survey to register your interest, providing as much detail as possible regarding the groups you work with and the engagement you undertake with them.
Are we listening? A review of Children and Young People's Mental Health
CQC's annual report, Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17was published 27 February. The report on the use of the Mental Health Act (MHA), looks at how providers are caring for patients, and whether patient’s rights are being protected.
People in rehab for serious mental health problems more likely to face lengthy stays far from home and local support
Too many people could be being placed in residential mental health rehabilitation services that are far away from where they live, for too long and that are costly for the NHS. The report published 1 March, found through an information request to providers that nearly two thirds (63%) of placements in residential-based mental health rehabilitation services are ‘out of area’, which means they are in different areas to the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) that arranged them. The state of care in mental health services 2014 to 2017 report presents findings from our programme of comprehensive inspections of specialist mental health services.
Independent review of the Mental Health Act - update
You can still share your experiences, which are very valuable to this process - please visit this page
The Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) consultation
The TPC seeking the views on the proposal to amend the Tribunal Procedure (First-Tier Tribunal) (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Rules 2008 in relation to mental health cases under the Mental Health Act 1983 has been published.
New pathway announced to improve access to psychological therapies New guidance from NHS Englandsets out a pathway for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) for people with long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.
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