NSUN Bulletin 6th August 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 06 August 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
NSUN Bulletin Monday 06 August 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 06 August edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
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NSUN News 
mental health act reviewHelp us lobby the Mental Health Act Review
Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review,  NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups.
Can you help with suggestions?
To get involved, please click here 
Alternatives to detention/sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983 - can you help with suggestions?

Dorothy Gould is still taking suggestions as part of her work for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act. Please click here for more information
Reigniting the SpaceReigniting the Space project steering group: on-going recruitment 
The steering group has nine positions, six of which have been filled. 
We are in the process of recruiting more members from Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands and the North East. 
In the first round of recruitment, we have representatives from East of England, London, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.
The steering group members have extensive connections within their regions and interest and experience of addressing intersectional issues. They will act as regional links to the project and support and advice the project manager and the researchers on the project.
Please see Role Description for further details. To apply, please fill in the Application Form.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 10 August 2018
Interviews: mid-August
Contact NSUN (info@nsun.org.uk) or Jayasree Kalathil (jayasree@survivor-research.com) for further information about the project and how to get involved.
Selected blogs 
Joy Hibbins writes about taking calls from distressed people who cannot reach inundated NHS crisis teams.
Why Mandating Mental Health Education in Schools is a Band-Aid on a Gaping Wound
Leah Harris reflects on how mental health education is being (mis) handled, as a person with a history of suicidality, a concerned parent and a suicide prevention advocate.
Regional network's involvement project is a success 
North East together
North East together (NEt), a regional network for people with lived experience of mental health conditions, has been running ‘A Weight off Your Mind’, a project to support people in secondary services manage their weight.
NEt Secreatry, Mish Lorraine reports on how focus groups led to drafting a plan which results from true service user involvement.
Read more here.
Mental Health Support in North Tyneside 
North Tyneside
This leaflet offers a list of groups and services that you contact to self refer for support with your mental health needs.

Most of the services provide free support.
However, some may incur charges. Please contact the service directly.
To download the leaflet please visit here
Plans for a free volunteer advocacy training course 
Mental health Advocacy training plannedNSUN member Wendy Micklewright is thinking of setting up a free volunteer advocacy training course, similar to one she attended years ago, which really helped her.
Wendy is considering the Richmond Library Space as location.
Before she embarks on working on the course, Wendy would like to know if you'd be interested in attending.
To let her know, please email Wendy
Universal Credit - how is it for you? evidence needed 
Inclusion London
Inclusion London is sending written evidence to the Social Security Advisory Committee’s consultation on proposals to move all people claiming working age income-related benefits to Universal Credit (UC).
Please send your experience to inform our evidence.  For instance:
  • How you found applying for Universal Credit, including whether you found the process accessible or not.
  • How long you had to wait for the first payment of UC and whether you could manage financially while you waited.
  • Are you receiving the same amount of money or not?
  • Any problems that occurred and also if UC has any advantages for you over the old system.
Please send your information to  Henrietta.Doyle@inclusionlondon.org.uk by 15 August at the latest.
You may wish to respond to the consultation directly to the inquiry. The deadline is 10am on Monday 20 August.
More information about the inquiry is available here
Involvement Lead (part-time) needed in Worthing 
Worthing Churches
Worthing Churches Homeless Projects (WHCP) is a multifunctional, complex needs homelessness organisation that works in Worthing, Adur, Littlehampton, Horsham and Mid Sussex. It has over 100 staff and 300 volunteers.
Its mission is to end the need to sleep rough.
WHCP are looking for a motivated individual with lived experience of using support services, and a passion for the value that this can bring to an organisation. The role will work in partnership with people who use WCHP services and our staff to integrate a co-produced way of working.
Salary £23,230 (pro rota £13,938.00 per annum)
Hours 22.5 hours per week
Closing date for vacancies: Midday on Wednesday 08 August
Interview date: Wednesday 22 August
For more information and how to apply, please click here
Join Black Thrive in Lambeth 
Black Thrive
Programme Delivery Director, Lambeth Black Thrive
Lambeth’s Black Thrive is seeking a Programme Director with strategic leadership, facilitation and programme management skills, who is committed to promoting race equality in mental health and wellbeing at both population and service level.
The successful candidate will be responsible for delivery of Lambeth’s Black Thrive vision and its core strategic objectives including ensuring that its activities are co-designed and directed at achieving the agreed programme goals.

Location: Brixton, Lambeth with some local travel
Salary: £55,000
Hours: 37.5 per week
Benefits: 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, pension contribution
Deadline for applications: Monday 03 September 12 noon
For more information and how to apply , please visit this page
Thrive LDN campaign 
Thrive LDN
Thrive LDN is the summer campaign which gets Londoners talking about mental health and wellbeing.
Since the start of July, Thrive LDN has been:
  • asking Are We OK London? with how inequality and discrimination can negatively affect mental health and wellbeing.
  • sharing details of Right to Thrive, a ground-breaking research project (more info below)
  • using social media to share stories from Londoners who have experienced adversity and are standing up to say #WeAreLDN
  • taking to the streets to ask Londoners whether they're thriving and what the challenges are (you'll find the short videos on thriveldn Instagram)
You can learn more and take action at Thrive LDN's website and, if you haven't already, follow them on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for all the latest updates.

Why not put your own spin on the campaign graphics and messages?

Or share your own #WeAreLDN
National Voices are looking for trustees 
National VoicesAs two members of the Board are stepping down, National Voices are looking for trustees.
All full members of National Voices are eligible and are encouraged to nominate a representative to become a trustee. 
National Voices are particularly encouraging candidates who can evidence experience of one or more of the following:
  • CEO or senior manager at a small charity
  • Expertise in inequalities
  • Specialist skills such as IT, digital, communications and organisational development
For more information, please click here
SOLIDARITEA at the Field  
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Mental Health Resistance Network 
Date: Thurdday 3rd August
Time: 7pm
Join the film screening: "Hands2Mouth: Caring for claimants on Universal Credits", followed by a discussion.
DPAC news 
DPACDPAC report that international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has been forced to retreat from her government’s repeated claims that the UK is a “global leader in disability rights”.
DPAC have been protesting the Global Disability Summit 'to show the true nature of what the UK government are doing to disabled people with their austerity agenda.'
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Care Quality Commission (CQC) news 
Experts by Experience - invitation to tender now live. New contract to deliver Expert by Experience services, starting in 2019. 
Experts by Experience are people who have personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses services we regulate. During inspections, they speak to people using services and their family or organisations that support them. They may also observe how the service is delivered and speak to staff. Their findings are used to support the inspectors’ judgments on services and may be included in inspection reports.
CQC are seeking a contractor to continue the delivery of the Experts by Experience programme  enabling us to have members of the public from diverse backgrounds to take part in inspections and other aspects of our work.
The invitation to tender is now live and more details can be found on the website
If your organisation is interested in applying read more here.
Inpatient Survey results for 2017 published
CQC's 2017 inpatient survey reveals what over 70,000 adults are saying about their stay in hospital. They surveyed people who stayed in hospital for at least one night during July last year. Amongst other things, people were asked to give their opinions on:
  • the care they received
  • how well staff communicated with them
  • whether their privacy was respected
  • if they were supported enough to eat and drink
  • and how well their discharge from hospital was handled
CQC will use what people have told them to keep an eye on the quality of hospital services, and find out what is important to people using these services. The results will also help to spot changes in quality so future inspections can be targeted as well as help providers know where they need to improve.
Find out what people had to say by clicking here.
You can also view the A-Z list of inpatient survey results by NHS trust.
Keep up to date on Twitter too  #InpatientExperience
Get plugged in to resources direct from the Care Quality Commission
Did you know that the CQC sends out a monthly bulletin to all  regional stakeholders? Information includes latest publications, resources and consultations. If you’d like to be added to the distribution list for the monthly bulletin you can fill in your details here.
Reminder - previously shared and still relevant 
previously sharedYou can still help shape a new national programme on ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness in the UK (the survey closes Oct 2018) and help to improve the service and environment at Places of Safety in North West London
For previously shared opportunities, please visit this page
You can also still sign / share the petition calling for people who feel sucidal to have somewhere to go 
To sign this petition please click here
The deadline is 24 November - please share this as it has to garner 10,000 signatures to get any response at all from the government.
GOV.UK news 
New Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill introduced
The Government has introduced the new Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill, intended to replace DoLS following the Law Commission’s recent report. The text of the 2nd reading debate can be read and the Bill’s progress tracked here.
The British Institute of Human Rights wrote about the Bill on a blog here.
The Committee stage will begin on 5 September
Mental Health Act Review - August workshops
The review will be running three workshops during August to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far, on potential options for change and on what those options might result in for service users and professionals.
The feedback gathered from attendees will help inform the review’s final recommendations that will be published later in the year. The review’s aim is to bring together interested parties of all types, but we are particularly committed to capturing the views and expertise of service users, carers and professionals with direct experience of the Mental Health Act.

The workshops will run from 9.30am-1pm
Reasonable expenses and adjustments can be provided for those attending in a service user or carer capacity.
Places are limited to 100 per event.
For more information and to register, please visit:
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