Category: News stories

Tree of Life team takes top award

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Life is blossoming for the Tree of Life team (South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, SLaM) following its success at the National Mental Health Positive Practice Awards at the Hilton Hotel, Newcastle. The team won the Diversity and Equality in Service Delivery award and was Highly Commended in the Patient Experience category. The project aims to promote recovery and compassion on wards through growing more positive relationships between staff and service users. In the co-led workshops, service users and staff come together to draw their own tree (a form of ‘narrative therapy’) and create a forest together. The team was set up by Dr Julie Fraser, a clinical psychologist at SLaM who recruited assistant psychologist Laura Williams to train ten service users from the community to co-facilitate the workshops on wards. Maggie Hayes, Ursula Joy and Ubong Akpan have been working on the project since the beginning and run […]

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The Collaborative Borough Wide event 15 December

      The Collaborative will be holding a borough wide event on 15 December 2015 from 10-5pm. The event is open to anyone who is interested in Mental Health Services within Lambeth, whether you are someone who uses services, a carer, citizen of Lambeth, front line staff, voluntary and community sector or a commissioner.    The event will provide an update on the Collaborative workstreams (Living Well Network, Integrated Personalised Support Alliance, SLaM Adult Mental Health redesign). There will also be development workshops taking place on how we grow the Living Well Network through the following areas: 1.    Changing Cultures/Working differently – looking at new ways of working together 2.    Employment – how do we increase employment and vocational opportunities 3.    Crisis out of Hours – what do we do next to further develop options of crisis 4.    Housing – how do we support people to stay in their […]

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Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards 2015

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The Lambeth Living Well Collaborative should be proud that its work was recognised in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards, says Denis O’Rourke, Commissioner and member of the Collaborative – NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group’s mental health flagship. Denis believes the Collaborative was a strong contender for the Innovation in Mental Health category because, “innovation can be a way forward when services are financially challenged”. This was a sentiment reflected in the opening remarks of HSJ editor Alastair McLellan, at an elaborate award ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, on November 18. The awards were a celebration which, “feels all the more important during challenging years”, he said, “an important reminder that, in spite of the difficulties, those working in the health service are dedicated to delivering the best possible care”. The Collaborative nomination was one of 23 categories in what has become the annual celebration of healthcare’s […]

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Carers December dates – book now


There’s lots of interesting events ahead for carers to bring winter cheer in the chilly climes. All you need to do is to call Ruth on 020 7501 8974 at Lambeth Carers Hub if you plan to come to any event below (apart from the advice drop-in, where no booking is necessary). This is so they can cater for the right number of people and send text reminders on the day. What’s on offer? Meditation & Relaxation for families/ friends supporting someone with mental health needs (recent former carers are also welcome) – Wednesday 2 December, 6-8pm in the meeting room at Mosaic (Living Well Partnership) 65 Effra Road, SW2 1BZ. Meditation and relaxation will be 6-7pm led by an experienced practitioner; 7-8pm will be time to talk about your experiences of relaxing and meditating. Advice and information drop in – Thursday 3 December, 1-5pm at 336 Brixton Road, Ground […]

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World Aids Day 2015


December 1 is World Aids Day and residents are again being encouraged to get tested for   HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and to wear a red ribbon, the universal symbol for HIV, uniting with people around the world in the fight against the virus. World Aids Day marks support for the 34 million people worldwide living with HIV and for those 35 million people who have lost their battle against the disease. HIV attacks the body’s immune system and is contracted through infected bodily fluids, most commonly through sex without a condom or by sharing infected needles or syringes. A HIV test – a simple blood test or saliva test can provide essential diagnosis to reduce the risk of serious illness and to stop the spread of the condition. This year the headline from Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group is that with early detection and appropriate treatment “someone living with HIV should […]

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Brixton Reel Film Festival


The pioneering film festival celebrating community mental wellbeing returns to Lambeth with exciting, feel-good FREE events to cheer up November. These include Urban Wotever – a dedicated Black LGBT performance event on Tuesday 10 November at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. On Saturday 14 there is a special free screening and Q&A of the African-Caribbean focused feature Looking for Love (2015) at the Karibu Centre, Brixton. On Sunday 15 we turn up the heat with a Latin American event and screening of salsa dance movie Cuidad Delirio in Spanish with English sub-titles at the Cinema Museum in Elephant & Castle. For more information, online booking and updates click here to check out the website

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The reel recovery story


SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)Recovery College has been captured in a new film. “We hope that, after watching it, you have some inkling of the passion and commitment of our staff and trainers, ” says Kirsty Giles, SLaM Recovery College Manager and Tony Holmes, Operations Manager. “But, more importantly, we hope that it will give you an idea of the positive impact the college is having on the lives of our students. It was shot and directed by Steven Tart and edited by Belal Ladkani. Many thanks to everyone who took part in the making of the film.” You can watch the film here It is also on the homepage of the college website, where you can find out more about the range of fantastic courses on offer click here

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