Westminster Care Awards 2018

Nominations open for Care Awards 2018 Say thank you to someone who cares and nominate them for a Care Award. Do you have a friend, neighbour or family member who is looking after someone with a long-term illness or disability, or has provided outstanding support for carers? Please take a moment to recognise them, and let …

Healthwatch Annual Meeting 2017

On the 7th November we welcomed 100 Healthwatch members to our fourth annual meeting.

Across the evening we heard from Healthwatch staff, volunteers, and trustees talking about the work we have achieved in the past year. This included updates from each borough, and focused presentations around Grenfell Tower and Charing Cross Hospital.

We were also very pleased to be joined by three special guests.

The first was Jane Mordue, Chair for the Healthwatch England Committee, who took part in our Q&A session and closed our annual meeting, saying “people have got something to say, listen to them!”

Councillor Michael Cartwright, mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, also joined us. As well as opening the annual meeting, he also announced the winner of our Running Pencils competition.

Running Pencils was an art competition that we ran throughout October, asking school children to draw a healthy activity they liked doing. We then asked local art group ArtWest, to judge the entries. We were delighted to have Penelope, the winner, collect her certificate on the night, and her school will receive a £150 voucher for sports equipment as a result. View the gallery below to see some of our favourite drawings.

Penelope’s Winning Drawing

It was great to see so many of you there and we look forward to working with you in the coming year. If you want to find out more about work go to Our Work, or to find information on local health and social care events go to our Events page. 

Birth Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital Reopens

In late august Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust had to temporarily close St Mary’s Hospital Birth Centre due to unforeseen building work in the Cambridge Wing. The Birth Centre at St Mary’s Hospital has reopened this week after the temporary closure due to the external building works. Further information is available on the maternity and …

Let’s Talk Mental Health in Hammersmith & Fulham

This year mental health was identified as a key focus area for Hammersmith & Fulham. Therefore, we decided to hold an event that would facilitate a dialogue around mental health services, as well helping us to find a more specific mental health focus.

After running a survey asking people what they would like a mental health event to look like, a planning group for mental health emerged, with representatives of local organisations and residents. Together we worked on the agenda, attendees, communications and other details of the event.

Let’s Talk Mental Health in Hammersmith & Fulham, took place on 18th October and brought together over 100 people, including those that use mental health services, those that might want to use services, carers, mental health professionals, voluntary organisations, providers and commissioners.

As well as presentations from Like Minded and Hammersmith & Fulham CCG, and West London Mental Health Trust, we also had complementary therapies, the winner of the national poetry competition #healingwords, and a raffle, presented by MP for Hammersmith, Andy Slaughter.

 

 

In the afternoon we also had group discussions on four main themes, that linked to future changes:

  1. Crisis support
  2. Carers support
  3. Living a full and health life in the community
  4. Employment and mental health

This provided people with an opportunity to share their views and experiences of what is working well, and where the gaps in services are, with the aim to help improve services and future commissioning.

Next Steps

We are now in the process of putting together a report that will be shared with Hammersmith & Fulham CCG, West London Mental Health Trust, and others decision makers, in order to influence future changes.

We are also planning to create a list of services that can be of benefit to people’s mental health, including statutory and voluntary organisations.

Lastly, in 2018 we will look to identify a specific issue around mental health in Hammersmith & Fulham, to focus our work in the coming year.

Find Out More

If you want to find out more about work go to Our Work, or to find information on local health and social care events go to our Events page. 

Event Documents and Files

Mental Health in Hammersmith & Fulham Presentation