Get Together / Use Your Influence
An event for those who use mental health services, their families and carers
Friday 24 March 2017
10.30am – 2.30pm
at Leatherhead Leisure Centre, Guildford Road KT22 9BL
The Independent Mental Health Network for Surrey and North-East Hampshire invites you to participate in this event for those who use Mental Health services, their families and carers.
We work together to help people get better support and access to mental health services now and in the future.
At this event, you can find out how services are changing, and say what you think would make them better.
Find out where to get the right support
Find out about current changes and future plans for mental health services
Share your experiences and suggestions to help us to improve services.
Please forward this invitation to other people you think may be interested.
If you can, please travel together on the day – this event is about being together and talking together.
Follow http://www.useyourinfluence.org.uk for more details.
A copy of the event flyer is below.
North East Hampshire and Farnham Innovation Conference
North East Hants and Farnham CCG invite people living in their area to an Innovation Conference
On Monday 27th March 2017
9.30 to 3.30
At North Hampshire Golf Club
They are looking for creative and innovative ideas to improve health services for local people and also a few people to join their Panel to help them choose the right projects to fund.
If you are interested please email NEHCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 01252 335 154, or Text 0777 555 3574.
Mental Health Network Update
The Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Partnership Board has supported the development of an Independent Mental Health Network, as a clear way for people to influence the commissioners who fund services, and to have their voices heard and be acted upon.
South East Coast Ambulance Service News
The Trust has published the independent review undertaken by Deloitte into our Red 3/Green 5 Pilot. We have been working with our regulator, Monitor, for some months to review the circumstances which led us to implement a change to the way some calls passed from NHS111 to the 999 service were triaged over Christmas and the New Year back in 2014-15. The change meant that up to an extra 10 minutes was allowed for 999 clinicians to assess whether a patient needed a quicker response or less urgent response than the one allocated by NHS111.
This review, (please find attached), looked specifically at the decision-making processes and governance around the implementation of the pilot. It did not look at the impact of the pilot on patients (i.e. whether patients’ conditions were worsened or treated more effectively than usual as a result of the pilot), which is subject to a separate, clinically-led independent review, due to be concluded by June 2016.
The Trust welcomes and accepts the findings of the review in full. It recognises that the governance surrounding the pilot was inadequate, and has already started to make serious changes to the way matters of governance are managed and dealt with to make sure lessons are learnt and a lapse in governance of this sort does not happen again. A joint recovery plan is being agreed with the Trust’s commissioners and Monitor, its national regulator, to address concerns.
We will publish the full findings of the independent patient impact review as soon as it is complete. However, in the preliminary work to date, no clear indications of patient harm have been identified. Indeed, the review has identified a number of seriously-ill patients who received an improved response, due to earlier clinical intervention, as a consequence of the pilot.
The Trust Chair, Tony Thorne, has confirmed his resignation, having informed Monitor in December of his intention to resign once there was a new Chair in place. SECAmb would like to thank Tony for his commitment and clear direction to the Trust during the past four and a half years.
The Trust is pleased to announce that it is appointing Sir Peter Dixon as the Interim Chair, at Monitor’s request and is looking forward to working with him. The process and timetable for appointing a permanent Chair will be agreed in line with legislation and the Trust’s constitution.
SECAmb Chief Executive Paul Sutton is currently taking mutually-agreed leave of absence, while the Trust determines the appropriate actions to take.
Also attached is a summary of the Independent Review, undertaken by RSM the Trust’s internal auditors, at the Trust’s request, into Ambulance Quality Indicators.
SECAmb would like to take this opportunity to reassure our members that the Trust and its staff are, and always have been, committed to delivering a high level of patient care and service. Staff from across the Trust are, as ever, working hard to provide a safe and highly-skilled level of professional care, which patients, quite rightly expect to receive.
DAA – Disability Action Alliance
Dear DAA member
I am writing to you to inform you of some exciting developments in the DAA. I am really pleased to inform you that the Office for Disability Issues (ODI) is providing a 1 year grant to fund the next stage of the development of the Disability Action Alliance (DAA) and its long-term strategy. The strategy will both focus on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the DAA and build on natural evolutions in the way that members are engaging with each other.
As part of this grant the steering group has decided the DAA’s chairing organisation, Disability Rights UK should undertake the secretariat function for the period of the grant. The Steering Group recognises the importance of seeking input from DAA members as this work develops and will be approaching the membership for input from March-May.
For more information, please do visit our news story and the webpages set up to keep you informed and engaged as this work continues.
Head of the DAA Secretariat and Steering Group member
Office for Disability Issues
Department for Work and Pensions
7-12 Tothill Street
London SW1H 9DA
Support the Disability Action Alliance – Join up now and let’s start making a real difference www.disabilityactionalliance.org.uk
Twitter name: @DISactAll
Free Confidence Building
Free Confidence Building with a difference!
Is your mental health not as good as you would like?
If so & you haven’t already attended one of our confidence building days, we would like to offer you the opportunity to attend a Confidence Building Through Lifemusic Training day. Friday 12th February 2016 10.30am – 4.00pm at Dianthus Building, Woking.
Book your place by contacting Alison.email@example.com, or phone 01483 456558 or text 07780 933053. Transport assistance is available if required.
We are excited to be offering this training in 2016 following our successful day in mid Surrey in 2015. Check this link for more information.
Draft Learning Disability & Autism Strategy 2016 – 2020
Surrey’s Draft Learning Disability and Autism Strategy 2016 – 2020 is now on the Partnership Boards’ website.
Please have a look and make your comments and suggestions through the survey on the same page. The survey will be open until the end of January 2016. Please feel free to pass the message on to anyone else you know who may want to respond.