Here is the update from the forum I run after the BME MH Carer/SU forum in the afternoons. This forum is aimed at unpaid carers in the borough of Southwark, although mental health professionals are free to attend.
The May carer forum was very well attended with representatives from Southwark CCG, Southwark Healthwatch, Kings Health Partners and nurses from the Southwark inpatient acute wards.
At the start of the forum I presented what a mental health carer is, that being basically an unpaid carer supporting someone with mental health needs.
We then had Eliza Hinchliffe presenting on Kings Health Partners project ” Mind and Body Programme”
She presented on the new Mind and Body programme, which is a Kings Health Partners initiative between Guys&St Thomas, Kings College Hospital and SLaM. The Mind & Body programme looks to close the gap between mental health needs and physical health needs.
The forum discussed ways engagement can be made with carers in mind. There is an offer to promote the forum via the hospitals in Southwark, which means families and Carers can link up on what is going on.
The forum hoped to have Mick Wright Turner – Head of PMIC Southwark Pathway, but he was unavailable. However we were very impressed that nurses from the Mental Health unit attended the forum to speak about the carers pathway progress.
Next up to present was Karen Clarke who is the mental health lead at Southwark CCG. The forum is particularly interested in collaborating with her regarding updates on mental health services in the borough of Southwark, especially services that needs to give more thought/involvement and engagement about families and carers.
Karen spoke about her role and an introduction about Southwark’s mental health strategy. There will also be a IAPTs review, the Southwark wellbeing hub review and more updates. The forum spent some time comparing it to Lambeth’s Mosaic clubhouse. The forum would like southwark CCG to help promote what we do and let carers know there is a place to be heard. Karen aims to continually engage with the forum, so carers and carer champions can be involved and spread the word.
Next was Southwark Healthwatch updating on projects regarding carers?
Southwark Healthwatch spoke about their new initiative to engage with carers about mental health services.
The engagement officers took the time to ask carers on what they think would be a mental health crisis and where would the carers take their loved one during a crisis and would like to interview carers about mental health services in the borough of Southwark.
The forum again would like Southwark Healthwatch to help promote the forum, which Healthwatch agreed via their community board.
The next part of the forum looked into engagement requests Updates
There was a very short discussion on meeting the MP Neil Coyle, the MP has helped promote the forum and there will be a Southwark MH event in Parliament with members of the forum talking about why such a forum is needed. All members noted that this will bring much needed awareness of what carers are trying to do while being empowered to do so.
Members are also excited that MP Helen Hayes is due to visit the forum in June.
Lastly we had an update from Carers involved in SLaM Foundation Trust
I have been helping train staff on the wards, one ward was actually done over at the Maudsley, this is in regards to carers & confidentiality. The training is being done with help from the trusts Modern Matrons.
Another member of the forum attended NHS England’s conference and raised if their 5 year plan includes try Triangle of Care.
This concludes the update for the Southwark MH Carers forum, stay tuned for the Lewisham carers forum update and also the Lambeth Carers forum update.