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South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust together with the charity Hospital Rooms have partnered with internationally renowned art gallery...
NHS mental health trusts and councils promised action to limit the pandemic’s long-term impact on the wellbeing of south Londoners at a virtual community summit this week.
We continue to see patients at all our sites, as well as in their homes, and have a number of measures in place to ensure our sites are Covid secure, including the wearing of face masks and coverings, deep cleaning, one-way signage and cleaning stations.
In 2022 the Trust be launching our new 5 Year Digital Strategy, which will shape the direction of transformation for the Trust. The key theme of the Digital Strategy is digital inclusivity and codesign - so we need you to support us in outlining the key priorities and digital ambitions of the Trust and address the ways in which they can be achieved.
What do we mean by ‘digital?’
When we talk about Digital, we are referring to the various elements of technology that might be used to make your experience of using our services better. An example of this can range from video consultations to online appointment-bookings to mobile apps.
Our scope is broad, and your experience of digital may be different to that of your colleagues. For instance, you might have views on how we can manage our data better, or alternatively you might have views on the latest clinical systems, and we are keen to hear all aspects as we look to capture vital insights that will enable us to harness the power of digital to improve patient and staff experience across the Trust.
We are keen to capture the views of our colleagues so that the strategy codesigned with staff, stakeholders and service users.
A survey for service users, carers and residents can be found here – please do share these accordingly.
In addition to this survey, as the Strategy emerges, we will be keeping communication channels open and continuing to engage across the organisation, so there will be further opportunities for you to contribute to the Digital Strategy and direction of travel for the Trust.
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are committed to working with and engaging our local communities through various platforms to ensure both the local and wider community are consulted, updated and engaged in order to achieve our mission of Making Life Better Together.
As an anchor in our local communities, we contribute beyond providing healthcare: through employment, regeneration work, raising mental health awareness and sharing good practice.
Through the community arm of the Making Life Better Together Programme we are developing various opportunities for our community, such as work experience, engagement with a new Mental Ill-health Prevention and Recovery Programme, and our Integrated Programme is delivering investment and innovations across our sites and our services including the development of a new mixed-used community, Springfield Village.
The local Springfield community receive regular updates on the transformation programme, through the Springfield Messenger newsletter and the quarterly Springfield community forum that has been set up, made up of local residents, counsellors and organisations.
Schools and FE college engagement
In partnership with STEP and SRM, the Trust is embarking on a new programme of activities for local schools and FE colleges to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield village;
Check out more information on the Springfield Village website
Mental Health Awareness
The Trust supports national awareness campaigns for which we run events and workshops, as well as providing resources and signposting information to those who may need support for their mental health.
Some of the recent campaigns we have promoted are;
Upcoming campaigns include;
Check out our Events page or follow us on social media @SWLStG to find out more.
Summer of Play
This summer we are supporting the #summerofplay campaign.
We believe children have the right to engage in play and recreational activities that are appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts as stated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31.
We are encouraging all children, in all our communities, to have space and time for play this summer by supporting:
Find out more information on the summer of play, blogs and resources here
Archived News and events
South London Listens
NHS mental health Trusts and councils have promised action to limit the pandemic’s long-term impact on the wellbeing of south Londoners at a virtual community summit.
Find out the latest on South London Listens here
Trust staff and Springfield Village partners take part in site litter pick
Volunteers from the Trust, STEP, Sir Robert McAlpine, City & Country, Barratt London, Pinnacle Power and Lawrence Baker took part in a Springfield litter pick to clear residual rubbish from the site, especially in hard to reach areas. This is a great example of members of all the development teams pulling together to take positive action to improve the local environment.
Making Life Better Together in 2021
On Wednesday 14 April we hosted a virtual community engagement event to share more on our exciting programme of investment, innovation and vision for mental health services in South West London.
Find out more information about the event here
For further information on community engagement please contact Emma Hill, Community Engagement Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our journey so far
In summer 2020, the Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Programme was formed in response to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the mental health and wellbeing of our communities.
Supported by the three mental health Trusts in south London (SWLStG, SLaM and Oxleas), the programme is backed by all local authority partners (councillors and leaders), South West London and South East London Integrated Care Systems, Healthwatch organisations and several community organisations.
The programme has established a Taskforce, hosted three community summits, and commissioned and delivered the South London Listens campaign in partnership with Citizens UK.
The latter involved Citizens UK and other community groups working with the three NHS mental health trusts and 12 boroughs to help prevent a mental health crisis and ensure local people and communities recover from the pandemic together. A survey commissioned for South London Listens revealed that 78% of people have been feeling isolated since the start of the pandemic and 76% have experienced loneliness. Some 81% of people have felt powerless.
Between November 2020 and March 2021, the campaign heard from 5,732 people across South London and focused on reaching groups disproportionately affected by mental ill health. There were also ‘mini-summits’ in several boroughs, attended by community leaders and MPs to share their experiences and ideas.
Throughout March and April 2021, these events were complemented by an online survey which was completed by nearly 600 people.
Time to act
Community workshops were then held in the spring of 2021 to explore commone themes identified across the listening campaign and to develop solutions to the key mental health challenges facing communities in south London.
At a summit held in June 2021 community leaders presented pledges to address four key areas that need to be urgently tackled as identified through the listening: social isolation, work and wages, young people and parents, and access to services.
At this event, hundreds of members of our communities heard NHS Mental Health Trusts, local authorities, voluntary sector organisations and commissioners peldge to take specific action.
The commitments that the mental health trusts signed up to included:
Over the summer of 2021 programme partners will be working together to develop the programmes action plan to deliver on the various pledges. This will be published in late Autumn 2021.
About our taskforce
The programme is overseen by tge ‘Mental Ill-Health Prevention and Recovery Taskforce’, a group made up of representatives from across the programme’s partner organisations. Its purpose is to take forward a long-term prevention programme focused on protecting and promoting mental health in the community.
In 2020, the South London Mental Health and Community Partnership laid the foundations for the programme by hosting a number of digital summits to bring people together. The Taskforce built on early insights gained to develop a set of ambition statements in six key areas:
Social isolation, loneliness and community involvement
Helping people who are at risk of losing their jobs cope
Housing insecurity and environment
Supporting communities and groups who experience disadvantage
Supporting families, children and young people
Developing a long-term, joined-up approach to prevention
Alongside this, the Taskforce has started work early on to shape possible solutions to the impacts of Covid-19 on our communities’ mental health. Ideas included tackling the digital divide, improving mental health awareness and signposting, co-producing information on mental health promotion and prevention, identifying the barriers to support and growing community networks.
We know that it is important for people admitted to hospital to have regular contact with family and friends, however it is also vital that we keep people safe from infection on our wards.
We understand how difficult it is to be unable to see and speak to loved ones whilst they are in hospital on a regular basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have reviewed our visiting policy and will currently be continuing with inpatient visiting by booked appointment only. This means we can offer one close family member or somebody else close to the patient the opportunity to visit them. Whilst we cannot return to our usual visiting guidelines at the moment, we hope that this will continue to offer some comfort to both our patients and loved ones.
Staff will discuss with visitors if they have had any symptoms or whether there are any contacts in their households with COVID-19. If the answer to either of these is yes, the visit will need to be rearranged for another time. All visitors must comply with handwashing, social distancing and infection control instructions to protect other visitors, patients and staff.
Visitors will be expected to wear a face mask when inside ward environments. Anyone who has not been given permission to visit will be asked to leave. Visitors exempt from wearing a face mask should discuss this with the ward manager/nurse in charge.
Everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday 19 July 2021. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all visitors. That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
We are also now asking you to test yourselves 1-3 days prior using a LFT test and ask not to visit if you had a positive result.
Please do not visit if you are unwell or have any of the symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.
We thank you for your support and understanding at this challenging time. The safety of our staff, patients, carers and visitors remains our top priority. In line with national guidance, we will review our position on allowing normal visiting to our inpatient units, as the situation with Covid-19 evolves, so it is important that anyone planning to visit calls the ward before arriving.