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March and April 2019 FoCUS meeting dates

March and April 2019 FoCUS meeting dates

Disruption to the Surrey & NE Hampshire services provided by Virgin Care

Due to an IT issue there is temporary disruption to the Surrey and North East Hampshire community wheelchair and specialist dental services provided by Virgin Care. There is some specific advice for people who use these services below.

Wheelchair Services – the Virgin Care team is currently unable to carry out home visits as they cannot access the appointment information. If you have a clinic appointment please phone 0300 303 8539 to check whether the clinic is taking place. Please also ring this number if you have any problems or queries.

If you need a repair to your equipment, please phone A.J mobility direct on 020 8641 6173.

Specialist Dental Services – if you have an appointment please call your clinic on the usual number to check if the clinic is taking place. If you are unable to get through then please ring 01483 783309.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank patients for their understanding while IT teams work urgently work to resolve this issue.

This information is also being shared and regularly updated on Clinical Commissioning Group websites and social media channels across Surrey – example here

Meet the IMHN Chair and Co-Chair

Don Illman was elected Chair of the Independent Mental Health Network in May 2017, and was re-elected for a further year in May 2018.

Eleanor Levy was elected Co-Chair in July 2018, having been the Chair from May 2016 to May 2017.

Meet our new Independent Mental Health Network Coordinator

Please see below a message from our new Independent Mental Health Network Coordinator, Guy Hill. Guy joined Surrey Coalition in December 2018 and is now a very valuable member of our team.

photo of guy

“I’m Guy Hill the new Network Co-ordinator, I worked for Surrey Disabled Peoples Partnership as the Volunteer Development Worker at Godalming Hub for 4 years, where I recruited and trained 18 volunteers with disabilities including some with Mental Health issues. I have volunteered for Mind at a charity shop in London for several years, I have also worked for Mole Valley District Council at Park house Leatherhead as an administrator for the Telecare service.

I have depression and personal experience of Mental Health services both as a service user and Carer

I’m also a qualified Personal Trainer so If you need any tips let me know. In my spare time I like kickboxing, going to the gym, cooking and I love sports cars (Petrolhead).

I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can either at the Focus group about Physical health checks or the Section 75 reference group or later at the IMHN Network meeting on 18th January.

See below my contact details,

Best wishes

Guy Hill

Independent Mental Health Network Co-ordinator

Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

Tel:       01483 456558

Mobile/SMS Text: 07305 009869


Website :

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January and March FoCUS meeting dates

January and March 2019 FoCUS Meetings Poster

Feedback from Joint Event run by the Independent Mental Health Network and Community Connections on 7th November

Dear All,

It’s been almost a month since our joint Independent Mental Health Network and Community Connections event at Leatherhead. We would like to thank all those that came along and contributed to the day – it certainly generated lots of discussion about mental health services in the community.

We are pleased to say that we have now collated the table discussions’ content and highlighted key themes, as well as the overall feedback from the day. Please see the attached documents to download and view the results.

While there are many points which can contribute to an even better event next year, overall the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the event stimulating and successful.

We will action some of the points raised and have shared the results with the Commissioners, giving them an opportunity to address and discuss the key themes. We will continue to share their responses and any additional information when it is available, so please keep checking the website.

Once again, thank you for supporting the day and we look forward to the next event.

Kind Regards,

Community Connections Partners (Catalyst, Mary Frances Trust and Richmond Fellowship) and the Independent Mental Health Network

Table discussions feedback

HOW DID WE DO – Feedback form – Results 4

Some photos from the event are below

December and January 2019 FoCUS meeting dates

December and January 2019 FoCUS meeting dates