Guidelines for arts and mental health projects

This guidance from Australia aims to assist arts and health workers to improve their skills and increase opportunities for social connections using arts and culture to improve mental wellbeing.


The Reader Organisation – updated list of activities

The Reader Organisation are active across Lambeth and Southwark with their reading aloud groups at libraries and other community settings. For more information or to visit a group email or ring 07730 503 144

Open Groups in Lbeth Swark nov

Seminar on arts based intervention in dementia care – 21 Jan

One day seminar on RADIQL – an arts based intervention in dementia care that has been happening across Lambeth and Southwark with GST Charity funding. 10am -4pm, 21 January at the Kings Fund, Oxford Circus.

This seminar is aimed at those commissioning and developing dementia services. Event cost – £35. For more information please email
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Control your condition,Don’t let it control you- free course for patients with a long-term health condition

Control your condition,Don’t let it control you.A free course for patients with a long-term health condition.What is Self Management for Life?
Our free course is for patients living with one or more long-term health conditions. The self-management programme will give you practical solutions, tools and techniques so that you can better manage your condition on a daily basis.Do you want to manage your condition better? Do you want to improve your health and wellbeing? Are you a carer for someone with a long term condition and want to improve your health, wellbeing and learn new skills in your caring role? To book your FREE place or to find out more about self-management, call us on FREEPHONE
0800 988 5560, 03333 445 840 (mobile friendly) or email us at

More mental health teams to be based at police stations and courts


Another thirteen trial schemes are to launch in April 2015 to place mental health professionals in police stations and courts.  These schemes aim to ensure people who come into the criminal justice system with mental health conditions, learning disabilities and other vulnerabilities are recognised and are promptly referred into health and other services to get the treatment or support they need. These new schemes, called Liaison and Diversion (L&D) will join the existing ten areas that have been taking part in a two year trial that began in April 2014, to join up police and courts with mental health services. This will mean half of the English population will be covered by such schemes from April 2015. The model will be independently evaluated to inform a business case for services to cover all of the English population by 2017/18. Please, for more details visit:

Carers support principles launched


NHS England has renewed its commitment to improving the quality of life for the country’s hidden army of young and adult carers.

The 5.5 million unpaid carers in England make a critical contribution not only to loved ones, neighbours and friends, but to the sustainability of the NHS.  To make this contribution, carers often make great sacrifices to support the people they look after.

NHS England today launched Commissioning for Carers: Principles and Resources to Support Young and Adult Carers at an annual accountability event in London with delegates from carers organisations, commissioners, health and care practitioners and other partners and stakeholders.

With input from carers themselves, leading charities, and partner organisations, NHS England has identified and developed ten principles that will help commissioners to deliver the care and support carers need.

The work includes the latest research, case studies and best practice that were collected at four regional evidence summits held across England.

The principles are:

  1. Think Carer, Think Family; Make Every Contact Count
  2. Support what works for carers, share and learn from others
  3. Right care, right time, right place for carers
  4. Measure what matters to carers
  5. Support for carers depends on partnership working
  6. Leadership for carers at all levels
  7. Train staff to identify and support carers
  8. Prioritise carers’ health and wellbeing
  9. Invest in carers to sustain and save
  10. Support carers to access local resources

This work forms part of NHS England’s Commitments to Carers, published on 7 May, and has been undertaken in partnership with NHS Improving Quality (NHSIQ) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). A suite of products has been developed that will help commissioners and practitioners to deliver appropriate support for carers.  These products are listed below.

The NHS Five Year Forward View commits the NHS to find new ways to support carers, to build on the new rights created by the Care Act and to help the most vulnerable carers – the approximately 225,000 young carers and the 110,000 carers who are aged over 85.