The Wandsworth Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Mental Health Forum met on the 17th of March and as usual was hosted by Malik Gul from the Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network (WCEN).
There was an update on developments at the Trust, including the expansion of the children's eating disorder service and the arrangements that are being made for the self-referral of young people ages 16 and 17.
There were a number of lively discussions around important mental health topics that affect minority groups in Wandsworth. For the full update, see the attached report.
Wandsworth Mental Health Provider Forum - 14 March
Posted on 18/03/2016
This meeting of the Forum discussed the work that has begun on projections for future inpatient demand and capacity. Although this works is still at an exploratory stage, the CCG and the Mental Health Trust are discussing the possibility of a single point of access for referrals and self-referrals to the Community Mental Health Teams. These issues have still to be resolved.
MIND representatives reminded attendees of their Wellbeing event which will take place on Tuesday the 22nd of March at Earlsfield Library.
Battersea Befriending Network mentioned that they are looking for more volunteer befrienders - if you would like to become a befriender or would like more information you can visit the website.
For more about this meeting, please see the attached summary report.
The Public and Patient Involvement Reference Group (PPIRG) met on the 24th of February and spoke about the progress towards delegated commissioning to CCGs of GP services and how the Men’s Health forum is successfully engaging with a range of individuals and groups.
More information on this meeting is available in the attached report.
The SWLStG Mental Health Trust Board meets monthly and the first part of the meeting is open to the public.
One of the more interesting items on the agenda was the increased demand for the treatment of traumatic stress for refugees, following the recent influx of immigrants. Additional funds have been made available for this and the Trust is working along with the NHS to help as many as possible.
Read more from this meeting via the attached summary report, attached.
Feedback from the Joint South West London Healthwatch Meeting - 17 February
Posted on 19/02/2016
Representatives from Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth Healthwatches met with the Chairman and Chief Executive of the South West London Mental Health Trust on the 17 of February.
A number of issues currently affecting the Trust were discussed, including the pressure for more inpatient beds. An inpatient ward that will increase capacity at Springfield Hospital is currently being refurbished and will be ready by April/May 2016. Temporary provision of additional beds at a location in East London is also helping the Trust cope with this pressure.
Read more about the issues the Trust is currently facing, including an upcoming CQC inspection and how the Trust plans to involve service users more in its decisions making processes in future, in the attached report.
This meeting of the Adult Care & Health OSC (Overview & Scrutiny Committee) looked at the consultation on St George's Urogynaecology department, which could close, despite a high demand for the service by local patients.
The group also discussed the hospital's financial recovery plan, following the announcement of a large overspend at the end of the last quarter.
For further information on this meeting, please see the attached summary sheet.
South West London Emergency Care Network - 27 January
Posted on 01/02/2016
The South West London Emergency Care Network met on the 27th of January and was chaired by Dr Angelo Fernandes, the assistant Clinical Chair at Croydon CCG.
The network was set up last November to implement changes to urgent and emergency care (UEC), which will take about three years to implement. The aim of the new UEC system is to simplify and streamline services so that users are able to get the right care at the right time, with minimal waiting times.
The Network is still in its early stages and its members are fully aware that their work over the next three years will have a considerable impact on patients, so they are keen to make decisions that take patient needs into account and that result in an improved and more usable service.
See the attached report for more information about the Network and the work they are currently carrying out.
The Black & Minority Ethnic forum was held on Thursday the 21st of January and was attended by service users, carers, voluntary sector service providers, representatives of the CCG, the Mental Health Trust and Social Services.
This meeting's agenda focused on the potential negative impact on those suffering with mental health issues caused by the withdrawal of social workers from community mental health teams, along with the increase in the number of mental health assessments being carried out, which reflects the current national trend. The mental health trust is currently trying to identify the underlying causes of this increase and will report on their findings when the work is complete.
To read the full report from this meeting, click the link below.
South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust Board Meeting - 14 Jan 2016
Posted on 20/01/2016
The first meeting of the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust Board meeting for 2016 dealt with a number of outstanding issues that have been ongoing for some time, including in-patient bed pressures, and excessive waiting times.
Looking ahead, there was a discussion of the new Patient Quality Forum - another avenue that the Trust plans to use to listen to the voice of service users.
Healthwatch Wandsworth Monitoring Reports - Year 3, Quarter 3
Posted on 18/01/2016
Every three months all local Healthwatches have to submit information on their performance.
The information in our monitoring reports covers the types of people we speak to in our local community, the number of likes we get on Facebook and how many people visited our website. We also report on progress against our Annual Plan.
Our reports for the third quarter of 2015-16 are attached.
Healthwatch Wandsworth Report on the Health Visiting Service
Posted on 15/01/2016
From 1st October 2015 the management of the Health Visiting service transferred from the NHS to local authorities. Healthwatch Wandsworth wanted to give local families the opportunity to share their experiences which will help to shape a new service tailored to the needs of the local people.
In order to gather these experiences, we developed a questionnaire and then visited different childrens' centres in the community to get their feedback.
Our findings have now been compiled and will be sent to the health visiting commissioners for information/action. The report is attached for information.
St George's Hospital CCG Clinical Resilience Group - 7 January
Posted on 15/01/2016
On Wednesday 7th January one of our representatives attended the St George's Hospital tripartite CCG clinical resilience group which was formed to ensure that St George's is prepared to for every eventuality.
One of the things discussed at this meeting was the new cancer access standards, which the hospital will be required to meet by April 2016. A plan for implementation has been drawn up and will be implemented asap.
More from this meeting is available on the attached report.
Report on the Enter & View Team's Visits to Harding & Huguenot Care Homes
Posted on 16/12/2015
In August, the Enter & View team visited Harding and Huguenot care homes in Wandsworth, as part of a work stream involving visits to homes without nursing provision as these often come under less scrutiny.
Their findings and recommendations are included in the attached report. We are now awaiting action plans from each of the homes, based on our recommendations.
If you would like to volunteer with our Enter & View team, or you have suggestions regarding facilities in Wandsworth that you think would benefit from a vist, then please get in touch with us - email@example.com.
Beginning in 2014 our Enter & View team decided to visit care homes for older people and for people with learning disabilities. They wanted to talk to the residents to find out if they were happy with the care they receive at the home, and what might be improved.
The team collected lots of really good feedback from residents and staff at the homes, but as time went by it became clear that there were a number of common themes emerging from the visits, and also examples of good practice that could be shared between homes.
The commonalities and areas of good practice from both sets of visits have been summarised in two brief reports, which are attached for information.
Feedback from the BME Mental Health Forum - 3 December
Posted on 07/12/2015
The BME Mental Health Forum met on the 3rd of December to discuss the re-commissioning of the IAPT (psychological therapy) service. The meeting was well attended by service users and providers, community groups and the local CCG.
Those present were particularly concerned with the need for greater diversity and cultural sensivity in the new model and with increasing awareness of the service and what it can provide.
More from this meeting can be found in the attached summary.
Feedback from the Mental Health Providers Forum - 30 November
Posted on 02/12/2015
About 15 people from Wandsworth social services, the CCG and a variety of voluntary sector service providers attended the Wandsworth Mental Health Providers Forum, which took place on the 30th of November. The meeting was chaired by Susan Hasler-Winter, the mental health commissioning manager for Wandsworth Council.
Among the agenda items was the effectiveness of the Wandsworth Wellbeing Hub, a local signposting service that was launched in March 2015. So far the service has received over 300 telephone requests for information and members of the public have been referred to a variety of services. As yet, the full impact of the service is not known, although the number of calls to GP surgeries has been reduced.
A report on the service will be submitted to the CCG at the end of the year. Healthwatch Wandsworth has requested more information on the service for members of the public.
For more from this meeting, see the attached report.
Healthwatch recently became aware of local concerns surrounding young people and healthy eating, when Wandsworth Council proposed closing three local chicken shops. We decided to consult on the issue ourselves and enlisted the help of a group of young people aged between 15-17, as part of the NCS Challenge programme.
Our survey included 6 questions which aimed to find out what young people like to eat that is healthy and affordable, what attracts young people to healthier foods and whether it is important to them to have a healthy diet.
We included our findings in a report which is attached and was also sent to Wandsworth Public Health for information.
HIV Awareness began on Saturday the 21st of November and runs until Sunday the 29th of November. Part of the week will be spent raising awareness about HIV and how to get tested if you're uncertain about your health.
There are HIV testing sites all over Wandsworth - see the attached schedule for further information regarding locations and times.
The 2 Brewers in Clapham will be a focal point of testing for HIV over the week, along with many other sites.
Feedback from the Mental Health Interest Group - 19 November
Posted on 23/11/2015
Wandsworth's local Mental Health Interest Group took place on the 19th of November at Earlsfield Library and was chaired by John Morrill from Voicing Views.
The main focus of this meeting was the re-tendering of the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) contract. IAPT provides quick access to psychological therapies for people suffering with milder forms of mental illness.
Some of the main issues discussed at this meeting were the need to reach out to the different ethnic and cultural groups in our community. There is also a need to minimise the shame and stigma traditionally associated with mental illness so that people feel comfortable asking for help if they need it.
A brief but comprehensive report from this meeting is attached.