VoiceAbility supports a variety of service user involvement opportunities in Camden. The best way to learn about these is by contacting VoiceAbility using the details on the contacts page or by attending the monthly CBUG meeting or by reading the information below.
Some of the opportunities are one-off activities like tendering panels, staff recruitment and focus groups but we also have some which involve a more regular commitment.
Opportunities which involve regular commitment
Would you like to represent mental health service users at meetings with other service users and professionals? VoiceAbility provide support, training and reward and recognition for the following opportunities:
- Acute Division Quality Forum: Opportunity for 2 service users
The meetings take place on the first Weds of every month: 9.30-11am. Lived experience of care in the acute setting is desirable.
- Mental health drop-in: Opportunity for 1 service user
Weekly mental health drop-in happens 2.30pm – 5pm every Tuesday at The Hub, 8 Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 3SG. Opportunity for 1 service user to run this drop-in where peers meet up and find out about service user involvement. VoiceAbility provides training, shadowing and support for the service user who runs it.
- Newsletter editing: Opportunity for 1 service user
- VoiceAbility contract monitoring: Opportunity for 1 CBUG member
VoiceAbility writes a report and holds a meeting with commissioners every 3 months to check how our work is going. 1 CBUG member and 1 Frontline member help to present the report and take part in the meeting.
- Service User Alliance: Opportunity for 1 CBUG member
This meeting, chaired by Deborah Wright (Head of Social Work and Social Care, C&I Trust), is a space for representatives of different service user groups to come together and share news and opportunities and plan joint events. Meetings take place roughly every 6 weeks on a Friday afternoon 2-4pm.
- Highgate User Forum: Opportunity for 1 Patients Council member
Islington Borough User Group (IBUG) chair this meeting on a Thursday 2-4.30pm every 3 months. Service users, inpatients and Trust professionals attend and feedback is given about patients council. Dates are as follows: 4th Sep, 7th Dec.
We rotate these roles regularly to allow fairness and for the different opportunities to be available to as many people as possible.
If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
Share your experience to improve mental health services in primary care
When it comes to improving GP based services, we know it is important to listen to you and use your experiences to assist us in improving our GP based mental health services. Together we want to create a world-class mental health service, beginning with Islington, but we need your help to do it.
We have created The Side-by-Side Network which gives people who provide, use, or have used our mental health services the opportunity to speak to us about their experiences. This is your chance to have your say and to make a real difference. We will listen to you and together we will better understand what works and what doesn’t and use this knowledge to constantly improve services.
By joining the Side-by-Side Network you can get involved by giving your views through phone calls, letters, emails, questionnaires and fun events where key issues will be discussed.
Building on your skills and interests
The Side-by-Side Network is not a one-way street. Not only will you have a fantastic opportunity to share your experiences for the betterment of local care, you could also gain volunteering, employment, training and social opportunities that will help you develop new skills and gain confidence.
Who can join the network?
Service users and carers with experience of GP mental health services in Islington. If you would like to find out more, or would like to join the network follow this link. https://is.gd/sidebysidenetwork If you scroll to the bottom of that page there is a link to an online form where you can register your interest.
People invited to take part in a study into Cognitive Bias Modification to help with paranoid thoughts
This study will examine whether a new approach called ‘Cognitive Bias Modification for paranoia’ (CBM-pa) helps people who feel they experience paranoid thoughts. CBM-pa encourages people to develop alternative ways of interpreting difficult thoughts and situations. There are no right and wrong answers in the CBM approach.
We are looking for people…
- aged between 18 and 65
- who feel they have experienced paranoid thoughts that they find distressing, for the last month or longer
- who haven’t had changes to their regular medication in the last three months
- and who speak English
What will happen if you decide to take part
If you are eligible to take part in the study, you will be invited by a researcher to attend weekly sessions taking place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in Camberwell (SE5) There will be six sessions and each will last about an hour and a half. The sessions would involve reading scenarios on a computer screen, completing missing words and answering questions about the scenario. There would also be follow-up assessments at one month and three months, by phone, internet or email. You would receive £10 per session or assessment (up to a total of £90), plus travel expenses of up to £10 per session. If you would like further information about the study, please see the study website http://bryonycrane.wixsite.com/cbm-pa.
The study has received ethical approval from the Health Research Authority (Ref: 16/LO/0071). If you are interested in taking part or have any further questions, please contact Thomas Kabir.
ThomasKabir@mcpin.org or 0207 922 7874. (Posted 10 August 2016)