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A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Sessional Interviewers Required

We need interviewers to carry out a survey on inpatient wards across the North East London NHS Foundation Trust.

The aim of the project is to obtain direct feedback from service users and their carers concerning the quality of care received during their hospital stay.

You can find out more about the job as well as an application form on our website.

Alternatively, please call Anthony Williamson on:0844 600 1204 ext 7888 or via email:

Closing Date: Friday 15th May 2009, 5pm

Redbridge Workers Network Forum (Carers), Wednesday 20 May 2009

The theme for the next network forum is: Carers of People with Mental Health Support Needs.

There will be a number of speakers attending including:

Bob Edwards, Operational Director (Redbridge) North East London NHS Foundation Trust - Support for Carers in Mental Health Services;

Lesley Hambling, Service Manager, Redbridge Respite Care Association - Respite Services for Carers

Dr Hilary Kinsler, Consultant Psychiatrist (Older Age Group)North East London NHS Foundation Trust, - Services Provided by Grovelands Day Hospital

Steffan Dawkins, Service Manager, Speaking Up - Advocacy Services In Redbridge

The event is on Wednesday, 20 May 2009, from 11am to 1pm at Redbridge Carers Support Service, 3rd Floor, 17 Station Road, Ilford, IG1 4DW

For further information and to reserve a place email: or call: 020 8708 5573.

NICE clinical guideline - Schizophrenia

The updated NICE guideline states that people with schizophrenia should be offered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (more than 16 sessions) and/or family therapy (more than 10 sessions) and possibly art therapy, and that these can be started during an acute phase if appropriate.

The guideline also emphasise that healthcare professionals should offer carers their 'carers assessment' and provide carers with information about schizophrenia, including how they can help and where they can get support. Also, health professionals should be able to negotiate confidentiality and information sharing between the service user and the carer.

Key priorities for implementation state that health professionals must be competent in understanding different cultural approaches to mental illness and expectations around treatment.

You can download and read the guidance here.

Equality in later life (national study of older people's mental health services)

This is a report of a national study of mental health services for older people in England. The study combined an analysis of national data with visits to a representative sample of mental health trusts.

It covered four themes: age discrimination in mental health services; quality of inpatient care; how comprehensive services are; and how organisations work together to provide services.

There are 14 recommendations for the Government, the Care Quality Commission, NHS trusts and service providers, to ensure that there is a coordinated approach to improve mental health services for older people.

You can download and read the report here.

Jon Abrams
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