Free training: literature searching using databases


Have you always wanted to know how to carry out an effective literature search using databases such as Medline? The NHS OpenAthens database search screen will be completely changed in September. Come along and find out how to use it. Please contact the library to book yourself a place on either of the training sessions listed below.

These courses are open to all staff groups served by Reay House Library

Basic/introductory sessions Monday, 26 September, 10:00-12:00   More advanced session (for those with some experience) Friday, 28 October, 14:00-16:00   Venue: Reay House Library, Lambeth Hospital, 108 Landor Road, London, SW9 9NT   Please also contact the library for individual training if the above dates do not suit you.   Reay House Library Lambeth Hospital | 108 Landor Road | London | SW9 9NT Telephone: 020 3228 6141 Email: Web: Search our catalogue at:






The Kent Mental Health & Wellbeing Index is out!

The Kent Mental Health & Wellbeing Index is out! constructed from 70 measures of a wide range of individual, household and area aspects of wellbeing.  It has been constructed at Ward-level, and provides an assessment of the relative assets and vulnerabilities of an area in respect of the mental health and wellbeing of the population within it. It has a range of applications including assessing need, providing of focus for preventative action and supporting strategic decision making with regard to service provision.   The accompanying technical report (PDF, 2.2 MB) provides a detailed description of the approach, the framework used, the indicators selected and the construction of the final index

Kent Council

Stay Alive: Grassroots Suicide Prevention App

Stay Alive is a suicide prevention app which offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. The app can be personalised to tailor it to the user.

Key features include:

  • Quick access to national crisis support helplines
  • A mini-safety plan that can be filled out by a person considering suicide
  • A Life Box to which the user can uploads photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Online support services and other helpful apps
  • Suicide bereavement resources
  • Click here to link to more information on the Grassroots website.#Stay Alive 


AIMH 20th birthday celebratory conference 2016

The Association for Infant Mental Health (UK)’s 20th Birthday Celebratory Conference will be a great opportunity to think about the work achieved to date, reflect on the last 20 years and focus on infant mental health needs in the future. The event will offer excellent networking opportunities and includes a host of highly respected guest speakers

Radcliffe Conference Centre, Warwick University Campus Friday 30th September 2016. 10am – 4.30pm   AIMH (UK) Members £65.00, Non AIMH (UK) members £75.00 Stands £150.00 (includes one conference place)    Expressions of interest to:


Health Matters: Getting every adult active every day

One in four women and one in five men in England are physically inactive, doing less than 30 minutes moderate physical activity a week- says Health Matters

The guidelines recommend muscle strengthening activities twice a week, but only 34% of men and 24% of women are achieving this.

So why are so many adults struggling to be physically active?  Many people equate physical activity to sweaty gym sessions, and are put off by this, and do not realise that moderate physical activity can be achieved through everyday life through activities such as:

  • brisk walking
  • dancing
  • cycling
  • gardening

As long as the activity causes you to get warmer and breathe harder and for your heart to beat faster then it counts as moderate physical activity. Any physical activity is better than none. As little as 10 minutes of moderate physical activity at a time provides numerous health benefits.  Physical activity can help to prevent and manage over 20 chronic conditions and diseases, including some cancers, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and depression.

Persuading inactive people  to become more active could prevent one in ten cases of stroke and heart disease in the UK and one in six deaths from any cause. In fact it’s often said that if physical activity was a drug it would be classed as a wonder drug.

That’s why the latest strategy from Sport England focuses, for the first time, on encouraging inactive and underrepresented groups to become more active. This is where the greatest individual, community and economic gains can be made.

This edition of Health Matters adopts PHE’s national physical activity framework, Everybody Active Every Day, which identifies four areas for local and national action that can help to get people active.

  1. Active Society – People are more likely to be active if it is seen as ‘normal’, and if their friends and peers are also active.
  2. Moving professionals – 1 in 4 patients would be more active if advised by a GP or nurse.
  3. Active environments – Our homes, workplaces and local environments should be designed to encourage physically active.
  4. Moving at scale – Positive change needs to happen at every level, in every region and be measurable.

Read the physical activity edition of Health Matters for more on what local authorities and health professionals can do to get the nation active




Mental fitness and long term conditions

A workshop for health and social care professionals working with people who live with long term conditions.

Dates: Thurs 13 and 22 Sept 2016
Times: 9:45am to 1:00pm
Location: London

‘Mental Fitness’ has been defined as “the modifiable capacity to utilise resources and skills to flexibly adapt to challenges or advantages, enabling thriving”. The purpose of this new half day workshop is to offer healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about how they can help people to cope with self-managing the long term condition they are living with, using the concept of mental fitness. For further details, including learning objectives, please visit here


Supporting a Healthy Childhood Policy Priorities for Obesity, Active Lifestyles and Responsibilities

Key Points
  • Policy priorities and implementation of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy expected in Summer;
  • Implications of the Sugar Tax on extra funding for school sports and how this will help to encourage children to have more active lifestyles; and
  • Improving the diets of children and young people, and how to ensure everyone has access to healthy options regardless of background or socioeconomic status.

The Policy-UK Forum: Morning, Thursday, 13th October 2016
Information about Policy-UK can be found on the website along with the other events we are currently running. Should you have any queries, please contact me on or 0845 647 9000