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We understand that there is a lot of anxiety around the safety of the vaccines. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They will give you the best protection against coronavirus.
A new community survey has just been launched as part of South London Listens to help find the solutions to the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health of our communities.
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.
Welcome to Mental Health Matters, where, on a monthly basis, our senior clinicians provide expert insight into our work here at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and all aspects of mental health.
July 2018 - Recognising and supporting the contribution of our LGBTQ+ community
As it is Pride month from 9 June to 7 July, our July Mental Health Matters article is from our Equality and Diversity Manager, Jennifer Duncan who tells us what the Trust support the LGBTQ + community and why its important that we all take pride – both in ourselves and in supporting each other.
My role involves supporting all of our staff networks across the trust so they can play a key role in how we support staff across the Trust. Supporting LGBTQ + staff and service users is a key part of this work.
Although Pride for many people is day of celebration and joy, the first Pride was, in fact, a series of riots in June 1969 against the police who raided a gay bar called The Stonewall Inn in New York. They are widely considered to constitute the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ + rights.
Although the community has come a long way since then, there is still so much that remains to be done. Pride, for me, is a reminder that although we can and should be proud of our sexuality and gender identity. I believe that all Trust staff must do their bit to help create an environment where everyone is free to be themselves in the workplace, without fear, reprisal or judgement.
Pride month is an opportunity to celebrate the visibility and diversity of the LGBTQ + community, to stand up against hate, and campaign for true equality. You can read more about the London events taking place on the weekend of the 7th and 8th July, here.
The Trust is committed to valuing and celebrating the diversity of its patients and staff, aiming for accessible services, good experience and better health outcomes in line with Trust values.
So, what help and support is available for staff?
I believe there’s still a lot of work to be done until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people are accepted without exception, but I’m glad that we, as a Trust, are taking strides to address this.
Did you know that one in eight people in the UK is a carer?
That’s a lot of people and for me it’s vital we recognise their contribution and to ensure they’re well supported in their role.
Over the course of the year, I’ve taken a lead role on a number of projects related to carers. It’s my job to make sure all Trust staff value the role of carers and support them as much as possible.
What I will say is that my respect and gratitude to this sometimes undervalued group of people has grown. I’ve recently experienced being a carer for a close family member and I can appreciate the hard work, stress and level of self-sacrifice they go through.
Carers Week, taking place from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 June, allows us to throw a spotlight on carers and explain what we, as Trust, are doing to support them. An important part of my role is to work with clinicians so they are constantly talking to and listening to carers and involving them in patient care – that for me is critical. At the same time, we also need to build communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, whilst recognising that they too are individuals - with health and wellbeing needs of their own.
At our Trust, we’re lucky that we have a plan that demonstrates our commitment to carers and this commitment comes from the very top – from the Chief Executive.
So what are we doing to ensure that the views of carers are heard? One of the ways we do this is to use embed Triangle of Care standards across the Trust, which allow us to:
We’re also working closely with each of the local boroughs we serve - Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton and Kingston – to ensure that carers are well signposted to all the relevant resources out there to support them, so when they need advice and help, it is easy to find.
One of the objectives in our Service User and Carer Involvement Plan (co-produced with carers) is to ensure at least 50 clinical job interviews in the Trust have a carer sitting as an equal partner on the interview panel.
Recently, a carer told me how, after one of our staff had directed her to her local borough carers centre, she was able to carry on having her husband live at home with her after she had reached a crisis point. She commented that she found the support and understanding she received there overwhelming – for me, this goes to show how a simple conversation can make a life changing difference.
Follow the link to see the resources we provide to carers.
We’re always keen to work with more carers and if you are interested in helping us improve and develop services then please sign up to our involvement register by emailing: Involvement@swlstg.nhs.uk
The National Health Service is turning 70 today (5 July 2018) – and we’d like you to help us celebrate!
It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who are there to guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.
We will be holding our celebration event on 5th July from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. This is an opportunity for our partners, community and schools to come together and celebrate. There’ll be fun information stalls, tours of the hospital and Share Nurseries, a charity that provides training and employment support for disabled adults, will be selling plants and garden produce.
There will also be a barbecue (free for up to 100 people) and a chance to find out about our future plans.
There’s no need to reserve – so please bring the family !
For more information on NHS70, go to their website.
View our NHS 70 videos
You have a legal right to request a copy of your personal information under the Data Protection Act 2018. This is called a Subject Access Request (SAR).
You can download an application form here. The form includes guidance on the SAR process.
For further information and for any other queries about your health records please contact John Hughes - Information Governance on 020 3513 6184 or email: John.Hughes@swlstg.nhs.uk
You can also write to:
Information Governance Manager
South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
Springfield University Hospital
61 Glenburnie Road
London SW17 7DJ
We have produced a leaflet explaining why we need to record your information, how it is stored and whom we might share it with.
You can also request a printed copy by contacting our Communications Team
Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS)
Kingston Care Record
National Data Opt-Out Programme
From October 2017, the Trust will be a completely smokefree trust.This means that smoking will not be allowed in any Trust premises or grounds, including outside the wards and hostels e.g. enclosed garden areas and designated smoking areas will be removed from any area inside this hospital.Patients and service users will have to go outside the Trust if they want to smoke.
This will also apply to visitors and staff.We want to help reduce this inequality by creating a smokefree environment across all of our sites. This is in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance which recommends that all hospital sites, including mental health hospitals, should be 100 per cent smokefree.
We will offer our short or long staying inpatient service users support to temporarily abstain, to cut down or quit smoking when they arrive at our wards.This includes:
Smoking cessation support and free anti-smoking aids will be available to patients during their time as an inpatient. Unfortunately, exceptions are not permitted in these or any other circumstances.
E-cigarettes have not been yet licensed but they have been found to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes. For that reason, the Trust has considered the use of e-cigarettes by inpatient service users as they may benefit from using e-cigarettes whilst in hospital. However, for health and safety reasons only disposable and non-rechargeable devices will be allowed in the Trust. Service users will be responsible for purchasing their own e-cigarettes and their use will only.
If you are a patient or carer please speak to any clinical staff member for support or contact your local stop smoking service.
Support is also available through the national smokefree service online at www.nhs.uk/smokefree or by phoning 0300 123 1044 (free) to speak to an expert adviser.
If you have any questions about smokefree please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.