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Recent news

16/09/2019

The manifesto sets out some of the key issues that children have told the Children’s Commissioner’s Office are affecting their lives, and reflects many of the subjects the Children’s Commissioner has been shining a light on in recent years – children growing up in chaotic families, inadequate children’s mental health services, children’s safety and children living in poor quality housing such as B&Bs, converted office blocks or shipping containers.

The Children’s Commissioner’s manifesto focuses on six key themes: supporting stronger families, providing decent places for children to live, helping children to have healthy minds, keeping children active, providing SEND support for those who need it, and creating safer streets and play areas. It also sets out some of the likely costs involved alongside the policy proposals, including the Children’s Commissioner’s argument that existing statutory services must be put on a sustainable financial footing.

11/09/2019

This report assesses how well pupils with special educational needs and disabilities are being supported.

Background to the report

At January 2019, 1.3 million pupils in England (14.9% of all pupils) were recorded as having special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). A child or young person has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Pupils with SEND are among the most vulnerable in the school system.

The government substantially changed the system for supporting children and young people with SEND in September 2014, under the Children and Families Act 2014.

The aims of the reforms were for: children’s needs to be identified earlier; families to be more involved in decisions affecting them; education, health and social care services to be better integrated; and support to remain in place up to the age of 25 where appropriate.

The government has also made clear the importance of mainstream schools providing good support for pupils with SEND. During our work, we heard concerns from stakeholders and directly from parents and carers about whether children with SEND are being supported effectively and about the impact of shortcomings in support.

Content and scope of the report

The National Audit Office report assesses how well pupils with SEND are being supported. They examined:

  • the system for supporting pupils with SEND and the outcomes it is achieving (Part One);
  • funding, spending and financial sustainability (Part Two);
  • and the quality of support and experiences of pupils and parents (Part Three).

Report conclusions

How well pupils with SEND are supported affects their well-being, educational attainment and long-term life prospects. Some pupils with SEND are receiving high‑quality support that meets their needs, whether they attend mainstream schools or special schools. However, the significant concerns that we have identified indicate that many other pupils are not being supported effectively, and that pupils with SEND who do not have EHC plans are particularly exposed.

The system for supporting pupils with SEND is not, on current trends, financially sustainable. Many local authorities are failing to live within their high-needs budgets and meet the demand for support.

Pressures – such as incentives for mainstream schools to be less inclusive, increased demand for special school places, growing use of independent schools and reductions in per-pupil funding – are making the system less, rather than more, sustainable. The Department needs to act urgently to secure the improvements in quality and sustainability that are needed to achieve value for money.

For more information click here.

11/09/2019

Advancing Dental Care (ADC) is looking to hold a patient feedback session on is Advancing dental Care. They are keen to collaborate with relevant local stakeholder across geographies in England. 

Refreshments will be provided. 
 
A video and some further information can be found here: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/advancing-dental-care

 

10/09/2019

The UK's four Chief Medical Officers published updated physical activity guidelines emphasising the importance of building strength and balance for adults. 

The guidance states that adults are advised to undertake strength-based exercise at least 2 days a week. This can help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density that starts from around age 50. 

As part of the 'Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s' consultation, they'd like to hear your views on what would help people to do more exercise and how local schemes can support. 

Have you got examples of ideas that would help people to do more strength and balance exercises? Share your views 

Can you give any examples of any local schemes that help people to do more strength and balance exercises? Share your views 

10/09/2019

CNWL’s summary to the annual report has been produced in time for the annual general meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, 17 September at the Wellcome Collection. 

The document can be read on CNWL’s website as can an Easy Read version which can also be read on CNWL’s website.  Hard copies will be available at the meeting.

This is packed with interesting statistics:

  • CNWL treated 357,222 patients in the community and 4,612 in hospital
    • 93,534 were mental health patients and 3,504 were mental health inpatients
    • 147,992 were physical health patients and 1,025 were physical health inpatients
  • CNWL has 6,982 staff, including 2,202 nurses
  • CNWL has a diverse staff – 13.23 per cent are of Asian heritage, 22.69 per cent are of black heritage and 53.77 per cent are of white heritage
  • Three quarters of CNWL staff are women

Registration opens at 4.30pm (teas and coffee available), the meeting opens at 5pm and will conclude around 7pm to be followed by light refreshments.

You can book your spot at: Eventbrite.

09/09/2019

Healthwatch England have published a new report which focuses on the experiences of over 1,700 women who experienced mental health problems during and after birth. The report draws on national research, as well as the work undertaken by seven local Healthwatch.

Mental ill health was often triggered by a combination of issues, such as severe sickness in pregnancy, traumatic births, physical illness and a history of mental health problems.

The NHS is committed to providing maternal mental health support for more than 300,000 extra women by 2020/21. So they're calling on health professionals to make space to talk about mental health and check on the wellbeing of women during and after pregnancy.

Download the report to read the findings and recommendations in full

13/08/2019

Just under a quarter of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay. This green paper will focus on a number of measures to make sure children are healthy and happy from birth and throughout development. Have your say by filling it in

12/08/2019

Central and North West London NHS Foundaiton Trust have launched a new Supportive and Palliative Care Forum for residents in Camden and Islington to improve care services within these boroughs.

They’re looking for patients, family members, carers or members of the local community who have experience of, or are interested in improving supportive and palliative care services.

This new forum is being set up to help us capture the views and experiences of local people to make sure that services best meet their needs.

The first session will take place on 19 June 2019, 2pm to 4pm at St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, London NW1 0LB. To attend please see contact information below.

 If you would like to find out more information or have an informal chat please contact Agi or Maria on 020 3317 5777 or email palliative.islington@nhs.net /palliative.southcamden@nhs.net or if you are linked to the North Camden Community Palliative Care Team you can also contact Kaye on 020 7830 2905 or email rf.palliativecare@nhs.net 

The forum is in collaboration with North Camden Community Palliative Care Team, Royal Free Hospital, Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead and Marie Curie Research Department, University College London.

Dates/Times/Venues

Camden

19/06/2019 14:00-16:00

23/10/2019 14:00-16:00

04/12/2019 14:00-16:00

 

Saint Pancras Community Association

67 Plender St.

London,

NW1 0LB

 

Islington

17/07/2019 14:00-16:00

25/09/2019 14:00-16:00

20/11/2019 14:00-16:00The Gallery Room, Islington Central Library

2 Fieldway Crescent 
London
N5 1PF

 

12/08/2019

A new road which leads to the main entrance of Chase Farm Hospital opened on Friday 9 August.

Patients and visitors to the hospital will be able to use a new 15-minute drop off area outside the main entrance, in addition to the existing drop off zone outside the side entrance (opposite car park 2).

Please note, access to the multi-storey car park and car park 2 has not changed. These cannot be reached by the new road. The bus route and shuttle bus arrangements also remain the same. 

See more information here

12/08/2019

The next CPPEG open meeting is on the 13 August 2019. See the agenda here

The main topics of discussion will be the NHS Long Term Plan and Integrated Care

  • Public consultation on proposed move of Moorfields Eye Hospital’s (City Road) Services
  • Public Health prevention strategy
  • Conditions for which over the counter (OTC) items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: Guidance for CCGs - Implementation

The open meeting will be held on

Date: Tuesday 13 August 2019

Time: 14:00 – 16:00

Venue: St Pancras Hospital, Conference Centre, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE

 

 

 

05/08/2019

            

Two patient/ public representatives are needed to join an important new steering group supported by the North and East London Cancer Alliance. Working alongside members including GPs, commissioners and public health teams, you’ll help us to drive improvements in cancer prevention, population awareness and screening attendance across north London over the next 3 years.

By joining the group, you’ll ensure that the needs of community members direct the delivery of several Cancer Transformation funded projects, all of which are aiming to improve cancer prevention and screening uptake over the next 12 months. We want to find out what works when it comes to supporting people to stop smoking, for example, and increasing the number of women attending cervical and breast screening appointments.

In the longer term, we will work together to develop and deliver a 3-year plan which identifies and addresses gaps in prevention, awareness and screening initiatives, with a special focus on reducing variation in services/increasing support across north London.

 

Who is this opportunity for?

-        This opportunity would be particularly suited to people with an interest in public health, health promotion, and/or inequalities in cancer screening.

-        You do not need to have personal experience of using cancer services to apply – much of our work is focussing on cancer prevention and population awareness, so we are keen to involve people who have not had a diagnosis of cancer.

-        You do not need to have taken part in this kind of opportunity before – you will have a key point of contact within the group who can give you a full briefing before the first meeting and any information you need between meetings. Our patient involvement team will also be available to give you support as needed.

 

Practical details

-        Meetings will take place bi-monthly, for a duration of 1.5 hours. They will take place between 9-5pm in an accessible venue (the venue is awaiting final confirmation, but it will most likely be in either Islington Council offices or Islington Town Hall).

-        Ideally we are looking for someone who would be able to commit to joining 80% of meetings for at least 1 year (this could be in person or via phone)

-        All your travel expenses will be reimbursed, in line with the UCLH Travel Expenses policy.

 

Get involved

If you think you’re interested or you have any questions at this stage, please send Zoe an email on uclh.getinvolvedwithcancer1@nhs.net before Mon 5th August 2019. We’ll reply with some more information about the steering group, along with a brief Expression of Interest form for you to complete.

 

05/08/2019

Exploring Potential Stem Cell Donors’ Perspectives Surrounding the Use of their Donations

 

Lancaster University and the charity Anthony Nolan are working together to explore the views of members of the public towards the use of donated cells.

 

We wish to understand how members of the public feel about how donations facilitated by Anthony Nolan might be used in the future, for whom and for what purposes, and whether these preferences alter depending on the type of cells donated.

 

We wish to involve members of the public with a range of demographics and different backgrounds e.g. gender, age, and ethnicity.

 

We are holding focus groups in August in London. You do not need to have scientific, medical, or healthcare knowledge or experience to participate in the focus group discussion.

 

Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed through Anthony Nolan. You will also receive a small gift voucher to thank you for your participation in the focus groups.

 

Please contact Eva.Zoubek@anthonynolan.org to express your interest in finding out more about participating in an upcoming focus group.

 

Your involvement in the focus groups will inform the future lifesaving work of Anthony Nolan. This study has been reviewed and approved by the Faculty of Health and Medicine Research Ethics Committee at Lancaster University.

31/07/2019

Announcement: 


It's that time of year again. Our next Board Meeting in public and our Community Forum is just around the corner. Come along and have your say on health and social care in Camden. The time and further information will be shared closer to the time.

Date: 8 October 2019
Venue: Greenwood Centre, 37 Greenwood Pl, London NW5 1LB

Seats are limited so book early please at: info@healthwatchcamden.co.uk

17/07/2019

A new IBD Patient Survey has launched, encouraging everyone with Crohn’s or Colitis to make their voice heard and feedback on the care they receive.

Make your voice heard and complete the new IBD Patient Survey today.

There are variations in care for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and IBD UK want to ensure that everyone receives safe, consistent, high-quality, personalised care. Last month, IBD UK launched the new IBD Standards, which set out the care people with Crohn’s and Colitis should receive at every point of their journey.

Alongside an IBD Benchmarking Tool for services, the patient survey will help them to understand the full picture of Crohn’s and Colitis care, measured against the new IBD Standards.

This survey will highlight where IBD teams could improve to give the best possible care.

Complete the survey before the 23rd September to make your voice heard.

If you require a paper copy, a different language or have any questions, please contact info@ibduk.org

09/07/2019

Camden's Mental Health Supported Accommodation Pathway Evaluation Panel need 5 Service User Representatives to help decide who is best placed to deliver the service in Camden. Interested? Contact Katja for more information and a discussion. Find out more about the roles here.