Here is the June 2018 update for the Lewisham mental health carers forum. We had a visit from the involvement lead for Croydon and Lewisham. With support from south London and Maudsley NHS trust, the purpose of this forum is to see who will engage with the forum throughout the year and beyond.
The Forum looks forward to the Deputy Director of the Crisis Services Psychological Medicine Management lead attending the forum in July. Members of the forum were also pleased to hear that in future in Lewisham Execitive would also drop by to explain about service updates and engage with the members.
We were also pleased to hear that a lead from the “Centre for Anxiety disorders and Trauma” would engage with the forum in October.
In regards to Triangle of care policy launched for NHS trusts, no new applications are taking place for Trusts to join. We hope that in September there will be a review and an update regarding applications to join the policy.
Last month the forum members were interested in the staffing structure at the NHS Trust particularly in Lewisham. Due to the recent structure changes the NHS Trust will update the forum once job posts have been filled.
Members of the forum also wanted a carers handbook to be placed at GP surgeries across the borough of Lewisham, however due to funding issues this cannot be possible although Lewisham CCG have kindly put information about carers in the GPS newsletter.
After the discussion with the involvement lead carers had a group discussion regarding problems carers are currently facing. We discussed the following issues:-
1. GP not always understanding carers in regards to the ‘cared for’ being referred to services.
2. The lack of respite and breaks for carers.
3. The lack of emergency respite.
4. The lack of carer activities.
5. Limited education on carers rights.
Members of the forum were wondering what on earth happened to the borough of Lewisham carers strategy considering other boroughs have their own carers strategy.
Lastly members were very pleased with the involvement lead working so hard to support the forum. We hope to hear from the lead soon.
This concludes the update for the June 2018 Lewisham mental health carers forum.