HSCP/HSAB Newsletter


Welcome to the Autumn newsletter

It’s been a busy few months for the Safeguarding Children Partnership and many of you will have been involved in attending some of the events developing our practice in working together.

Our new programme of Designated Safeguarding Leads’ Twilight Sessions is starting this autumn on ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences’.

The HSCP Safeguarding Adolescent Group has been working hard to develop the actions that the HSCP is responsible for in the Hertfordshire Serious Violence Strategy and held a work shop in July focusing on how we can work together to prevent young people being vulnerable to exploitation and getting involved in violent situations. There is an article in the newsletter about the annual Champions Against Child Exploitation event which was very well attended and will inspire our work over the next year.

The HSCP Learning Hubs are really developing and feedback is being used to shape the work of the HSCP. Supporting families early to prevent neglect of children will be the focus of Learning Hubs events in the autumn. Private Fostering Week took place in July, however do make sure you are familiar with what constitutes a private fostering arrangement and if you are unsure details of where to get advice is in the newsletter.Please do give us feedback on this newsletter and the website as both are important ways for the HSCP to communicate with the children’s workforce and receive your views.

Jenny Coles Director of Children’s Services

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NSUN Bulletin Monday 20 May 2019

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Welcome to the Monday 20 May 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin.

If there's anything you would like to share with the wider network please send to info@nsun.org.uk.

Previous bulletins can be viewed here

Mental Health Awareness Week 

The theme for this year was 'Body Image'. You can follow some of the stories shared over the last week on Twitter via #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and read what was debated in Parliament.

During the week Prince William announced that Heads Together is launching a new campaign 'Heads Up' in partnership with the Football Association next season. The Royals also launched the mental health text support service Shout, a legacy of the Royal Foundation's Heads Together.

Awareness days and weeks and high profile supporters and campaigns have done much to promote the importance of our mental health as well as our physical health. We also need to make sure that the 'hidden world' of mental health is given the exposure necessary to stop inhumane treatment and protect people from harm. Such as the case of Steven Boyd, a Mental Health Nurse 'who showed callous disregard for the safety of patients in his care.' Read a summary of the case on the BBC Website.

An open letter to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has been written detailing concerns about the NMC ruling. You can read the letter and find out how to add your support on the Fostering Change website and @WeCareAboutMH

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Viewpoint Ballyhoo Spring Newsletter


Spring is in the air…

…although being Britain this may not last for long!

Traditionally spring is the time for new beginnings and clean starts and at Viewpoint we will be making what we hope will be some positive and exciting new changes to the way we work.

As Viewpoint Chief Executive, Leslie Billy, explains:

“Viewpoint has been reviewing its services in a variety of ways, as we want to work even more closely with our members, both to better understand people’s views and concerns and to benefit from the great variety of skills and talents our members can offer.

One of the ways we hope to achieve this is with the development of a User Council for those with lived experience to help guide and shape how we do things going forward.

We also very much enjoyed the Dragons Den event we held on the 18th of January - people told us what services they would like Viewpoint to provide and where there were gaps in services for people with mental health and addiction challenges. There were some great ideas pitched and we would like to take them all forward in some way. We’ll be sure to update you as things develop…

Guideposts SW Herts Newsletter September/October 2018


We hope you enjoy reading our autumn newsletter. In this issue:

As always, we have included articles, information, events, outings and things to look forward to. It has been a busy couple of months. There have been changes, various events and fund raising activities. Our new Hertfordshire Community Services Manager Robert Range met a number of clients for a ‘meet and greet’ session which went very well.

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Hertfordshire Community Commissioning May 2018

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Suicide Bereavement Survey 2017
In 2015, 6,188 people died by suicide in the UK.  Research suggests 60 people are impacted by every suicide, that’s 370,000 people affected a year.   
The Support After Suicide Partnership and the University of Manchester are working together to find out what the real impact of suicide is on the UK.  This study is the first of its kind. 
They are asking as many people as possible who have been affected by suicide to complete a 20 minute survey to tell them about how they were impacted. 
The survey is available at https://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/research/ and will be open until August 2018.  The survey collects anonymous answers. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June 2018
The HSAB would like to encourage all partners to raise awareness on this important topic: 
‘Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.  
In March 2012, The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations’ 
Please find attached a flyer detailing some ideas to promote the day.  There will be communications via Hertfordshire County Council but feel free to use your own communication team to raise awareness. 

Loneliness Survey
A survey of loneliness for both lonely residents and carers of lonely residents to complete.. the purpose of the survey is to explore how we can use technology to help tackle social isolation and loneliness.  This could be as simple as promoting all of the support services available for loneliness, from our research so far it is also likely that our target audience is the carers of lonely residents.  
The loneliness survey can be found at  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/loneliness.  However if a resident does not  have access to the internet we’ve also produced some paper versions of the survey, please return to: 
Loneliness Survey CHO310, Web Team,  Room 319, County Hall  Hertford

Library Connected2Work Event
If you need help with work or volunteering come to a Library Connected2Work event  
Finding the right volunteering opportunities or paid work is not always easy and it can be even harder if you have autism, or a physical disability or learning disability. In May and June we are offering a series of employment/volunteering information events in libraries across Hertfordshire.  These are especially for young adults who need extra support due to autism, or a physical or learning disability, but of course everyone is welcome. 
At Connected2Work library events visitors will learn more about:

  • How to find and apply for jobs and volunteer roles 
  • Where you can get extra help if you have a disability or autism 
  • Money and benefits advice 

There will be advisors from Job centres, Volunteer Bureau, HAFLS Skills for Work, Work Solutions, and demonstrations of the new Connected2Work webpage, and much more.  
Some events include FREE Getting a job – skills workshops delivered by Work Solutions on:

  • How to boost your confidence
  • Where to look for work  
  • Writing a good CV, applying and interviewing 

Getting a job – Skills Workshop dates and times

  • Welwyn Garden City Library – 23 May (11.30am–12.30pm and 12.30–1.30pm)
  • Hemel Hempstead Library – 31 May (11.30am–12.30pm and 12.30–1.30pm) 

Library event dates and times:

  • Welwyn Garden City Library – 23 May, 11am–3pm
  • Hemel Hempstead Library – 31 May, 11am–3pm
  • Watford Library – 4 June, 1–3pm
  • Bishop's Stortford Library – 7 June, 1–3pm
  • Oakmere Library – 12 June, 1–3pm
  • Stevenage Library – 13 June, 1–3pm

Please pass this onto any of your contacts who may be interested. More information at  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/connected2work or contact Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4049

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Guideposts Trust Mini May/June 2018 Newsletter


Dear All!    We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter!

In this issue, ………As always, we have included articles, information, events, outings and things to look forward to. 

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 14 - 20 May this year.
To raise awareness about Mental Health we will be organising a sponsored walk in Cassiobury Park in June and invite all our Service Users, Carers and Volunteers to participate. Posters and detailed information will be distributed in the following weeks.

Guideposts Carers Group     

If YOU are a carer for someone with a mental health condition, Guideposts run sessions especially for people like you. They’re at Henry Smith House, Watford, on the last Monday of every month (except when there is a Bank Holiday  Monday) at 6.45pm to 9pm. We are a warm and friendly group of people who try to inform and support each other when times are hard.  If you would like to join our group, please contact Carole or Lin on 01923 223554 for a list of sessions and more  information. If you are with Facebook and would like to join the Guideposts Carer's Facebook group, please send  your e-mail address to Lin Fellows to join us. It is a private group. (Lin: lfellows@guideposts.org.uk)

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Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin

Welcome to the AUGUST Walking in Hertfordshire e-Bulletin.

Explore all that Hertfordshire's green spaces have to offer this month.

Share your Hertfordshire Health Walks snaps

A great photo has the power to inspire and motivate other potential Health Walkers out there! So, if you're a budding photographer or simply enjoy snapping away while you walk - we'd love to see your pictures.
Over 60 Hertfordshire Health Walks take place every week across the county, so there is plenty of opportunity to explore and capture your walks on camera!
Please share your favourite walking, wildlife and countryside snaps with us by emailing healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk, tweeting or posting to our Facebook page.

NEW! Health Walks in Bishop’s Stortford

Try one of our new taster Health Walks in Bishop’s Stortford, in and around Castle Park. We're looking to establish regular walks from 30-minute ‘First Steps’ walks through to 90-minute Grade 4 walks. Lengths of walks and times are to be determined so follow the Castle Park project on Facebook & Twitter for up to date information.

August 18 – daytime walk
August 24 – daytime walk
August 29 – evening walk
September 3 – morning walk
Register your interest by emailing healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk

Thank you to our Rights of Way Surveyors

The newly trained CMS Rights of Way Volunteer Surveyors have been doing a fantastic job, undertaking an ‘Ease of Use’ survey of some of Hertfordshire's paths. In time this will generate tasks for new, self-sufficient, practical Rights of Way volunteer groups who will undertake maintenance work to enhance public access. We are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining one of these friendly teams as a driver from the CMS base in Hertford - using our vehicles to transport tools for tasks across Hertfordshire.
Find out more by emailing northeast.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire

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Walks and More is a programme of FREE outdoor events in Hertfordshire. Why not broaden your knowledge of local history, discover wildlife, explore new areas or even get stuck in with some practical habitat management. Below is just a taster of the events we have in the Walks & More programme. Visit the Walks & More website for full details.

Chorleywood House Estate Discovery Walks

Tuesday August 8, 10.30am-12.30pm

Bring your family on a fun filled tour of the Local Nature Reserve at Chorleywood House Estate. The meadows will be buzzing with busy bees and you can meet the grazing cows which help to conserve these important grasslands. Investigate the invertebrates that live in the River Chess and become a history detective to find evidence of the Estate’s rich past. Please book in advance

Batty about Southern Country Park 

Tuesday August 22, 7.30pm-9.30pm

Join Countryside Management Service on a guided walk around Southern Country Park. We will look out for nocturnal wildlife in the park and hopefully spot a few bats along the way. Bring a torch or a bat detector if you have one. Please book in advance.

Discover Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies at Oxhey Woods

Thursday August 24, 10.30am-12pm

Join us for a family friendly walk around Oxhey Woods to learn about some of the interesting bugs, butterflies and other creatures that call this this important Local Nature Reserve home. We will also talk a little bit about some of the important conservation management activity that takes place here

Final thought

This e-Bulletin is produced by the Countryside Management Service, part of Hertfordshire County Council. If you know someone who might like to receive this e-Bulletin, please ask them to sign up via Update Me on the Hertfordshire County Council website.

We love to hear your comments and see your pictures of the walking events you take part in. Please email healthwalks.cms@hertfordshire.gov.uk



Care Quality Commission Newsletter

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Our next phase of regulation

This month we launched the second consultation on our next phase of regulation.

It includes new proposals for how we'll regulate primary medical care services such as GPs and dentists and adult social care services like care homes and home-care services. We'd love to hear your views.

Take part in our new consultation

Driving improvement: NHS case studies

We've produced a collection of eight case studies of NHS trusts that have shown significant improvement and are now 'well-led'.

These case studies feature interviews with senior level and frontline staff, patients, patient-representative groups and external stakeholders.

Download the case studies now

New ratings map launched

We've published a new map showing ratings for hospitals, GP practices and care homes across England.

You can use this map to search for services in your area, compare ratings and read inspection reports.

View the new ratings map

CQC and WI leaflet now available

Working with the National Federation of Women's Institutes, we've produced a leaflet for family members that care for a relative.

The leaflet sets out what carers should expect from a good hospital and aims to encourage them and the family members they care for to share their experiences of care with CQC.

Find out more

Other news

Professor Ted Baker appointed new Chief Inspector of Hospitals

CQC writes to services to encourage them to review fire safety checks


We're England's independent health and adult social care regulator.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

Find out more about our work: www.cqc.org.uk

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Spot the Signs Newsletter May 2017

Welcome to the first Spot the Signs and Save a Life suicide prevention campaign newsletter.

There's information about the NEW Suicide Prevention Training dates for 2017 and about professional training for GPs and other organisations.

We have a new website and our Twitter account keeps growing with more than 100 new followers in April alone. Follow @SpotSignSuicide to join the conversation.

There's a summary of the fabulous work Spot the Signs did for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 and finally, there is a Latest Headlines of the latest suicide prevention stories, programmes and campaigns.

We will continue to build a stronger campaign throughout 2017 with new resources, training GPs, public and private sector employees, raising awareness and removing the stigma of suicide. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

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Hertfordshire Health and Community Commissioning Bulletin

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Please click here to view the full bulletin or for further information on any of the topics below.

New Leaf Wellbeing College
The college offers a range of free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and provide an opportunity for reflection. It is recognised that people are expert in their own wellbeing and recovery. People who have overcome life challenges help to design and deliver our courses. The courses help to increase knowledge and skills and promote self-management.

Listening, Developing, Transforming: Communities Together
The Community Wellbeing Team has been facilitating meaningful conversations in local communities across Hertfordshire. The aim of community conversations is to bring together key influencers that contribute to the health and wellbeing of their local population.  Discussing the future of community services in the health and social care landscape, our events have explored potential solutions which include local communities taking ownership and making commitments to realistic action in order to bring about sustainable change.  
Events have already taken place at North Herts, St Albans, Broxbourne &  Dacorum. With future events to take place at Welwyn Hatfield (27/4/17), Stevenage (2/5/17), East Herts (11/5/17), Watford (25/5/17), Three Rivers (26/5/17) and Hertsmere (TBC). Should you require any more information about these future events please contact Michael.Longfellow@hertfordshire.gov.uk or Tracy.Webber@Hertfordshire.gov.uk

Mindful Living with Cancer
Living with cancer can be one of the most challenging life events. This programme is designed to help you navigate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the journey with greater ease, courage and acceptance. You will leave with practical tools and practises that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty

Rural Health Conference: 12th May 2017
Public Health England are holding a Rural Health Conference: Identifying the Problems and Finding the Solutions occurring on Friday the 12th of May. 
The event is a free full-day conference to explore rural health issues across the region and to identify actions and solutions to improve health outcomes for our rural communities.
The event is aimed at system leaders in the NHS, local authorities, health education, and the voluntary and community sector with an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of our rural communities.
If you are interested in attending, please register at the following link on the NHS England Events page: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/1114/rural-health-conference

Please direct any questions or queries regarding the conference to Indu Rajasekar (indu.rajasekar@nhs.net).

Barnet Mental Health News - Issue 39

Barnet Mental Health News is aimed at anyone with mental health challenges, as well as carers and professionals.

In this issue…..

PAGE 1-2 Lead Story David Bowie

PAGE 3-7 UK News

PAGE 8 News Stories and comment

PAGE 9-10 Worldwide News

PAGE 11 News Feature

PAGE 12 Remedies for anxiety

PAGE 13-14 Infotainment

PAGE 15- Comment

PAGE 16- 17 Another week in mental health

PAGE 18 -20 advertising

PAGE 21 Back Page contact numbers

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