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Lambeth ‘Carers Voices’ September update

Thanks for stopping by my carer website. This is an update from the Lambeth area. Did you know that Carers Hub Lambeth has several forums? I managed to attend their ‘Carers Voices’ forum which is held at We Are 336 in Brixton on Thursday Sept 19th 10.30 am – 12.00 pm.

So what is Carers Hub Lambeth?

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Carers’ Hub Lambeth is an independent local charity based in Brixton. They are there to reduce the stresses experienced by unpaid carers who live in or care for somebody living in Lambeth. They advocate, refer and provide a wellbeing and empowering resource for carers in the borough.

For the Carers Hub Lambeth forum, we were joined by Stephanie who is busy working on Kings College NHS trust’s Carers strategy. As you know that NHS trust is massive with at least several other hospital sites from the Princess Royal University Hospital in Kent to King’s College Hospital Clinics in the middle east to along with a wide range of NHS services, some I have listed below.

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Acute and emergency care
Critical care, radiology and MEP (medical engineering and physics)
Dental
Haematology and precision medicine
Liver and renal
Neurosciences
Pharmacy
Planned surgery, ophthalmology and optometry
Post-acute, planned medicine and outpatients
Theatres and anaesthetics
Therapy, rehabilitation and allied clinical services
Women’s health

and much more…..

However something critical is missing? Although not all patients may need family support, there is a lack of focus on how the NHS trust involves and incorporates carers. This is why Kings College NHS trust has been engaging with carer groups and forums from Lambeth to Southwark. I was amazed Stephanie from Kings remembered me when she used to work for Lewisham Healthwatch, since I spend a lot of time engaging with the healthwatches (I am sure they must be fed up for me). Still, this is great news that a hospital has managed to employ someone with such a strong engagement background.

We had many detailed and focused suggestions from carers at the forum. Plus we were provided with how the Trust looks to take on the new Carers Passport, which helps to identify carers and gives access to other resources that are useful for families and carers. Guys & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust also provide the carers passport, but might be developing a few other things for families and carers.

After the consultation, the forum were presented with updates from the Lambeth PPG network. We looked into the use of online appointments and digital health applications. There was a good discussion on how carers can influence their GP surgery to provide better engagement and support for carers providing support to a patient.

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It is important carers query how GP surgeries are doing in the borough of Lambeth and if the doctor’s practice even have a Patient Participation Group. This concludes my update for the Lambeth’s Carers Voices forum until the Lambeth Mental Health carers forum

Lambeth MH Carers Forum update August 2019

Welcome to the August update of the Lambeth Mental Health Carers forum. As a reminder the Mental Health carers forums are not primarily focused on discussing mental health benefits, but are aimed at carers supporting those with mental health needs. The forum usually has organisation who either provide mental health services, commission them or oversee the services e.g. Lambeth Council, South London & Maudsley, Lambeth CCG and Lambeth healthwatch besides others.

For the August forum we were fortunate to members and representatives from Maudsleys Older Adults and Dementia Advisory group. They presented to the forum what the group does over at South London & Maudsley and how they work with unpaid carers who are caring for those suffering Dementia, Alzheimers, Parkinson and so forth.

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Before I continue on with a brief update of the work of the older adults Clinical Academic Group, we also had on the August agenda the following.

I updated the member of the mental health Act debate, which focused on the reform of the mental health act and any pressing issues the government needs to take account of.

The debate was led by MP Neil Coyle Labour of Bermondsey and Old Southwark. One of the forums I hold being at Southwark Carers was invited to view the debate, but unfortunately many of the carers could not attend, so it ended up being the members of the Carers Lewisham forum who have visited parliment before.

I did actually update the members of the Southwark Carers forum the next day, particularly one of the Service user SLaM governors who was interested in attending, but most members are not sure what is to happen next. The Lambeth members are pleased to hear that Helen Hayes can attend in a joint Southwark and Lambeth MH carers forum around November.

Going back to the parliament debate, the following MPs took part in the Mental Health Act reform debate.

Nick Thomas-Symonds Shadow Solicitor General, Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Security)
Janet Daby Labour, Lewisham East
Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham
Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth
Julian Lewis Chair, Defence Committee
Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East
Johnny Mercer Conservative, Plymouth, Moor View
Steve Reed Shadow Minister (Education) (Children and Families)
Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North
Barbara Keeley Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care)
Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Many members of the forums are interested in any more updates regarding the mental health act, because obviously whatever the government decides will affect families and unpaid carers supporting their close relatives who have mental health needs.

I also updated the Lambeth Forum on updates regarding the other forums I hold.

Being the following.

Southwark Carers

– Will have an NHS Serious incident investigator in doing a talk tomorrow at Southwark carers from 4 pm. She is a carer herself and could not make last month, but hope she attends tomorrow as she emailed me stating she is available
– I have also emailed Southwark council to attend again updating on their new carers group and any knowledge of the refresh of Southwark’s carers strategy. Southwark council now has a new project manager for the carers strategy.
– Southwark healthwatch are querying each of the 3 NHS trusts (kings, SLaM and G&STT) on their carers strategies and will update the forum

Carers Lewisham

– I have arranged for the past information manager and counselor to do a session next week about the importance of therapy. She is a member of the BACP – British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Which has made me aware of the lack of counselling and therapy for carers and service users.
– I have also arranged for SLaM quality improvement to engage with members for that day, and hope Aaron Brewer who is Quality Improvement Facilitator to attend or send someone else to attend to see who SLaM is doing on their quality improvement.
– I will update the Lewisham forum on the meeting I had with representatives from Lewisham council, Lewisham CCG and Lewisham carers chief exec on a bid we are making to build a Carers Lewisham ‘carers academy’. This bid goes to the governments carers innovation bid scheme and if successful we can train carers on several important aspects at the academy.

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– I have arranged for the PPG chair of the largest doctors surgery in lewisha, to come in and educate the members about PPGs and carer focus at doctors surgeries. She might speak about the Lewisham PPG network.
– I have also arranged with the help from SLaM for a social worker Errol Chambers from the Lewisham Hospital MH unit to speak to members about his role.
– I will update the members on Lewisham putting together a carers conference raised when my MP Janet Daby attended earlier this year. One of the members spoke to Lewisham on how the conference should look like.
– I will probably also update the proposal from the Lewisham Senior commissioner CCG Karin Barthel on planning the Lewishams CCG stakeholder event.

As you can see as a carer I am busy querying lots of updates.

Going back to the Lambeth forum. The older adults advisory group works through the Psychological Medicine and Mental Health of Older Adults and Dementia Operations Directorate (PMOA). On the group are Service Users and Carers Advisory Group (SUCAG) members, over the years they have made many achievements one being project ‘If Only I’d Known’ where they seek to educate unpaid carers regarding for caring for older adults with dementia.

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The Academic group has been involved in contributing to SLaM’s End of Life Pathway, helping in selection and recruiting of staff. Plus having helping and being involved in research at Kings College London. The group have been busy engaging with SLaM’s inpatient wards especially focusing on families and carers there who are unsure of their role.

Lambeth MH Carers Forum update September 2018

20140710_143445Welcome to the latest update from the lambeth mental health carers forum. The Lambeth mental health carers forum seeks to engage and involve carers who provide care and support to those with mental health needs. When I say mental health carers I am talking about those who are unpaid, I am not talking about care workers.

 

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Lambeth MH Carers Forum update August 2018

Here is the update from the Lambeth mental health carers forum for August.

The forum runs every last Thursday of the month. The forum is aimed at unpaid carers who are supporting someone suffering from mental ill health. The forum gives a chance for carers to discuss strategy, become empowered and engage with services.

The forum helps bring involvement out into the community, we also seek to network with other carers and track what is happening to carers welfare in the borough of Lambeth.

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I had a bit of a break this month from charing because we had two new chairs for the August form.

For the month of August, We were lucky to have liason Staff member Tim Allen from SLaM presenting on caring for someone with depression. Tim also told us more about his role and how their team engages with those suffering from mental health crisis.

It was interesting hearing about the inspirations and challenges the mental health team were going through. Tim had a lot of knowledge to pass on and I’m sure the group had benefited from his wisdom.

For the second guest invite, Victoria Cabral from Black Thrive replaced Denis O’Rourke from the CCG, as Denis cannot attend this month but will attend a future forum instead. Victoria mentioned several reasons why ‘Black Thrive’ are active in the borough of Lambeth.

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Here are some of the reasons below

– There is a high rate of black people using the mental health system in Lambeth

– The death of Sean Riggs has shocked the community in Lambeth and things have to change.

– Due to the High representation of black people using the mental health system, there also seems to be a lack of black people taking advantage of mental health services at an earlier stage.

– We need more involvement for black people to be helping to shape mental health services rather than just being the recipient of Health Services.

You can find out more information from their website below.

https://www.blackthrive.org.uk/

There were other things discussed, like trying to keep slam staff motivated and making sure SLaM keep good staff at the NHS Trust.

We also discussed carer experiences at Lambeth Hospital, plus how the trust should be trying to work within the principles of the Triangle of care. A good part of the forum looked into trying to care for someone who does not want to engage with mental health services, which many unpaid carers can experience.

The problems of lack of staff and lack of services or end up putting pressures on families and carers, it was mentioned that it is vitally important carers get a voice and speak up about their difficult role.

Lambeth MH Carers Forum update June 2018

20140710_143445Here is the update for the Lambeth mental health carers forum held over at 336 Brixton road. This forum alternates in time, so that carers can I do attend during the daytime or evening.

For this particular forum we had two people engaging with the members. The first being Steve badger who is the clinical lead for the Lambeth home treatment team. Home treatment teams are very important in regards to introducing is service user or patient back into the community, but how does this work with families and carers?

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Steve badger explained how the home treatment team worked. He took time to talk about the structure of the home treatment team over in the borough of Lambeth. A lot of discussions centered back onto the “place of safety ward”, this is because a lot of the members were interested in how people were introduced to the service especially in Crisis.

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As usual bed management was often talked about at the forum because there’s a lot of worrying on how patients are introduced to the service not just on me how they end up back into the community. A fair bit of discussion was on consent especially when the patient ends up back home with the family how would the home treatment team engage with the carer?

Steve kindly explain other useful support which carers or patients can use especially the 24-hour Slam helpline and also using the “Living Well network”. There was also some discussion on the new structure changes wear Slam is going back to Borough based services. We look forward to hearing more about the new structure in future forums.

The next speaker at the june lambeth mental health carers forum was Bobby Allen from “carers 4 carers”.

Carers 4 Carers is a charity group set up in Lambeth to offer care services for those who themselves care for their disabled, sick and elderly loved ones. Carers 4 Carers was set up by and is run by Carers and ex Carers. Who want to use their skills and experience of caring to support other Carers.

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Bobby explained how carers get together and exchanged ideas we found out that “carers 4 carers” is a great place to relax socialize and network with other carers. The Lambeth charity is running several initiatives one of them is called “inspirational champions”, which looks at confidence building. Another project is called “Viva”, which concentrates on carers you are over 50 and allows them a chance to exercise and go on trips. The charity has one funding from “Sports England” in order to get more carers to become active.

Carers 4 Carers have been running sessions at the Oval and Dulwich Sports Centre. The charity is based at Brixton recreational centre. You can find out more about Carers 4 Carers at the following link http://www.lambethforestnetwork.org.uk/carers-4-carers/

Next was a discussion on the recent Slam Carers listening event. This took place on the 27th of June 2018 over at Coin Street Community Centre in Lambeth. To make it easier have broken down the discussion into bullet points

  • Those who attended liked the main speaker who was speaking about planning for the future and where interested in the pack provided by Birmingham & Soulihill NHS Foundation Trust, which led to a discussion on its content and the empowerment carers got to implement changes with support from the Trust, clinicians and Council.

 

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  • They also enjoyed the workshop so especially on confidentiality and being shown in the short film.
  • Some felt the medication workshop with was good but a bit too presentational.
  • Although I could not attend in the afternoon I heard a lot about what people thought regarding the panel of question and it was good to see the chief exec attend.
  • We felt it was a shame that few carers from the borough of Lambeth could only attend.
  • Plus the events seem to lack a way to discuss on tables with carers and staff.
  • Some felt that the confidentiality film was a bit too staged.
  • One carer was unhappy that her question was not asked during the panel debate.

Moving away from the recent carers listening event, I updated the Lambeth carers forum on a new carers support group being set up over at Lambeth Hospital. We hope that the carers support group can link into the Lambeth carers forum. In regards to other updates for the Lambeth mental carers forum is that members are looking forward to updates from Lambeth Healthwatch, updates from health Locker advisory board meeting and one of the Lambeth MPs attending the Forum in future.

This concludes the update for the Lambeth mental health carers forum for June 2018.

Lambeth MH Carers Forum update May 2018

IMG_20180531_195653Welcome to the May’s update of the Lambeth Mental Health Carer forum. It has been a while since I did an update for the forum, since I could not attend the previous Lambeth MH carer forum and forgot to blog about the other previous forums.

This forum caters for unpaid carers who are caring for someone with a mental health need, e.g. someone suffering from psychosis, eating disorder, depression, bipolar and other MH illnesses.

The forum is strategic and gives carers the involvement and empowerment to query, question and even compliment the mental health services in Lambeth and sometimes beyond e.g. we are hoping to have a representative from NHS england attend in future.

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Lambeth MH Carers Forum update January 2018

Hello again. Welcome to my blog site raising awareness of unpaid carers caring for those suffering mental illness. The site also covers mental health awareness, psychology and more.

This blog post is a brief update of one of the forums I sometimes chair along with a co-chair. The forum is called the Lambeth Mental Health Carers forum, which has been running successfully for some months. I sometimes do not get the time to update on every forum I chair, so since I am not at work this weekend, I thought to try get some info out to members or those who are interested in the carer forum.

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