Welcome to the Monday 2nd March 2020 edition of our weekly ebulletin – full of news, views, events and involvement opportunities.
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This week, we have some good news and some less positive news.
The good news is that following the NSUN
campaign & the Open Letter
which 100+ people, groups & organisations signed, the Institute for Apprenticeships have not approved the Peer Support Worker Apprenticeship proposal. They
have asked the Trailblazer group to work on the following 3 points and resubmit: 1. Ensure the role meets the requirements for an apprenticeship as a skilled occupation requiring a minimum of 12 months training; 2. Provide further evidence of the demand for this apprenticeship outside of the NHS; 3. Expand the membership of the trailblazer group to include representatives from across the voluntary, housing and justice sectors. We have been invited to a meeting in April with the Trailblazer group to discuss this further. We’ll keep you posted on developments. The aim of the Open Letter was always to open dialogue & work constructively on this – & I’m delighted our concerns have been heard.
I have read the Competence Framework
in detail, and it is my view that it is not fit for purpose
. It does not draw on widely shared understandings of peer support, nor does it reflect the values of peer support. It is prescriptive and clinical, and far removed from the NSUN understanding of peer support. This Framework co-opts peer support
, and, at times, turns it into something unrecognisable.
If you would like to submit your feedback (deadline: 20th March), you can also download my completed feedback form here.
You can use whatever is useful within it for your submission.
NSUN will also be liaising with other organisations and collectives over the next few weeks, and will be issuing a wider statement. We’ll keep you posted. Please do email us
with any questions or comments.
CEO of NSUN
NSUN is recruiting
Finance and Administration Officer
NSUN is recruiting for a part-time, freelance Finance and Administration Officer (2 to 3 days a month, £220 day rate). Main duties include:
- Providing efficient financial management support to CEO and Board of Trustees
- Taking responsibility for the financial controls of the organisation
- Producing financial reports in line with charity and company requirements
The successful candidate will be proficient with SAGE 50, have demonstrable experience producing management accounts and other financial reports, and will have experience working in a similar capacity for a charity. We particularly welcome applications from people with lived experience of mental health difficulties or distress.
For further information about the post please contact Akiko.
Applicants should send their completed application form and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday 26th March at 18.00.
Download the Job Description & Person Specification here.
Download the Application Form here
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 31 March in Central London. If you are not invited for an interview please assume your application is not successful this time. This role requires the successful candidate to complete a Disclosure and Barring Check and the receipt of satisfactory references.
NSUN registered address change
With immediate effect, NSUN’s registered office address has changed to:
152-160 City Road
Please update your records. Thank you!
Articles, blogs, vlogs and more
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if you would like to share yours.
By Hattie Porter
By R.F. Hunt
In the New York Times
From PHSO (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman)
Know your rights! Sectioning
Last week at NSUN we took a call from a person who had been sectioned, and been given no information about their rights, about accessing an IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocate) and was about to undergo enforced medication. This is sadly not an isolated case…
We should all be aware of our rights in such instances – so here is a reminder.
Do not get fobbed off and insist on the hospital giving you all the information you need.
If you would like to comment on this at all, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMBER FEATURED BLOG – Beyond Recovery
We are a Merseyside-based group who have produced several booklets aimed at inspiring our peers that they can move forwards with their mental wellbeing through creativity and positivity. We have provided people with information and signposting about a whole range of mental health topics through the booklets and our online blog. We hope people gain some insights and suggestions that could be useful for their mental health and wellbeing. Links to the PDFs of the booklets are on our blog.
Part of what we do is collected together online on our blog site at:
The Marmot Review – 10 years on
The new Marmot Report on health inequalities was published last week, a decade after his first landmark report.
How should DWP involve disabled people in changing how it works?
Call for evidence
The Social Security Advisory Committee
has this week launched a call for evidence
relating to its latest project: DWP engagement of disabled people in policies and practices that affect them.
The Department for Work and Pensions regularly consults disabled people, or organisations representing them, in developing policies and implementing services affecting them. However the extent, consistency and effectiveness of that engagement is not clear. The Committee’s research aims to build a better understanding of that, and consider what scope exists to improve DWP’s current approach, drawing on relevant best practice that exists elsewhere. The majority of changes to disability benefits over the past decade have primarily affected those of working age. The Committee’s research will therefore focus on this group.
SSAC is interested in obtaining evidence from a wide range of individuals and organisations who have relevant evidence, experience or insight on the questions below. In this call for evidence we are not looking for views about social security benefits, but on how DWP listens to feedback from disabled people or involves disabled people, and any ways in which this might be improved.
The deadline for submissions is 23 March 2020. Do please respond if you have any evidence / views that could help inform the Committee’s advice to the Secretary of State.
What do people with severe and enduring mental illness want from clinical pharmacy services?
Mental Health Pharmacy; a vital area within Mental Health Services.
You are invited to take part in this study, conducted by an Aston University student, to show your opinions on clinical pharmacy services in the secondary care (hospital related area) of severe mental health patients. This survey has been created incorporating advice from relevant people with lived experience in this field.
to find out more and take part.
Mental Health Blog Awards
Check out this year’s nominations for the Mental Health Blog Awards:
You can also attend the award ceremony! If you would like to book your ticket, please click here
Date: Sat, 25 July 2020
Time: 11:30 – 17:00
Venue: Slug & Lettuce Oxford, 1 Oxford Castle, Oxford OX1 1AY
Bristol Wellbeing Conference
This conference is free and open to all students, staff and members of the public.
Join us for an exciting day of stimulating discussions, keynote speeches, active workshops, presentations of the latest research, creative exhibitions, stalls and a complementary lunch.
The Bristol Wellbeing Conference is a collaborative event brought to you by Bristol SU Wellbeing Network, Education Network and the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching. Together, we want to recognise University Mental Health Day and the change that we still need to see, and also celebrate the progress that has been made and look to the future of the city, the university and the wellbeing of our communities.
Register for your place here
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020. FREE.
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Venue: Anson Rooms, Richmond Building, 105 Queen’s Road, Clifton BS8 1TR Bristol
Racial injustice in Healthcare
With the maternal mortality rate of Black mothers almost five times greater than that of their white counterparts and Black men being more likely to be diagnosed with severe mental health problems and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, the racial discrimination that exists in aspects of health practice in the are being brought into question.
Come along to this discussion with guest speaker Dami Oladebo, where we will be touching upon topics such as the health outcomes of black motherhood and migrant communities, analgesic prescribing practices for pain management in particular demographics and mental health.
This event is open to healthcare students and professionals, as well as anyone else who is interested!
Date: Thu, 5 March 2020. FREE.
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Venue: Wills Memorial Building, Queen’s Road, Bristol BS8 1RL
Register for your free place here
The Pressure of Success – free suicide prevention workshop
Funded by Girton College: a free two-hour workshop providing practical tools for having a caring conversation that could save a life.
This skills-based and emotionally-sensitive workshop, The Pressure of Success, provides practical tools for having a caring conversation about mental health and suicide with someone you are worried about. You will learn:
- How to spot the possible signs of suicide
- How to start the conversation
- Practical considerations – where and when to talk
- Healthy language around suicide
- Where and how to get more help
Time: 14.00 – 16.00. FREE.
Date: Friday 6 March, 2020
Venue: Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club, Grange Road, Cambridge CB3 9BN
Register for your free place here
Four shows at Dublin castle this year for Punk4Mentalhealth. Now in its fourth year, previous events have been extremely fun, celebrations with monies raised given to Mind in Camden
Date: Friday, 6 March 2020
Time: 19:00 – 23:30
Venue: The Dublin Castle, 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
Find out more about P4MH here
, and get your ticket here
‘Open up at Open’
Free Mental Health & Wellbeing Event
A range of speakers including Norman Lamb, Darren Eadie and Joe Tracini PLUS two live debates.
Topics throughout the day include mental health in the workplace, my child and their wellbeing, loneliness and inspirational stories from local people.
No tickets required – all welcome and doors open
all day to just walk in!
Call for further details on 01603 772371
Date: Friday 6th March 2020
Time: 8.30am – 6pm
Venue: 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SG
Jobs & Recruitment
Voice Collective, Senior Development Worker
Mind in Camden
We are seeking a motivated and creative individual with the ability to successfully lead a small team. Voice Collective is an innovative service supporting young people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual sensory experiences. This post will give you an opportunity to develop, implement and supervise an established and renowned project and manage a small team. You need excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility and the awareness to work well in a challenging environment. In addition, you will have experience of working with vulnerable young people; an in-depth understanding of the principles and practice of the hearing voices movement and its ethos, and a strong commitment to user-led initiatives.
Applications are particularly welcome from those with personal experience of hearing voices, seeing visions or having other sensory experiences.
Find out more and apply here
Closing date: 16 March 2020, 12 noon
Interviews: 23 and 30 March 2020
Lay member: Self-harm – assessment, management and preventing recurrence guideline
NICE are looking for a young person (aged 16 to 25) with an understanding of self-harm and the issues important to people using services.
This understanding could have been gained:
through personal experience you have of treatment and care provided for you by the NHS as an advocate, volunteer, or officer of a relevant charity or organisation.
We’d particularly welcome applications from black, Asian and minority ethnic community members and autistic people.
Closing date: Friday 6 March, 2020, 5pm
Interviews: Wed 11 March, 2020
Find out more and apply here
Lived Experience Research Consultant
Over the next 5 years Mind is working with UCL
on a piece of research into virtual reality (VR) treatment for depression.
We are leading on the Lived experience element and are currently recruiting a lived experience consultant to co-ordinate and support this.
Find out more and apply here
3pm, Friday 13th March 2020
Interviews: Thursday 26th March 2020
Learning Disability and Autism Advisory group
NHS England/ NHS Improvement
The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Engagement team help people with a learning disability and their families, carers and supporters to have their say in work happening at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
We have an advisory group that is made up of people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers.
We are looking for two new members to join the advisory group. We think that between the two people, it would be useful to have:
- someone who is autistic and also a family carer for children or young people
- someone with a learning disability
- someone who has links to black and minority ethnic (BME) groups
- people who have good networks
- people who are different from the people already on the group and live in different areas.
To apply online, please click here
You can also answer the questions in a video and send it back to us.
Closing date: Monday 16th March 2020
Young Person Co-Researchers
The McPin Foundation
Are you aged 18-24?
Are you looking to gain experience in mental health research and help to improve mental health services for young people?
This is an opportunity to join an ambitious and friendly team to support the Blueprint mental health research project.
The Blueprint project is exploring services available to children and young people in England & Wales who are experiencing common mental health problems. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and run jointly by University of Manchester, Cardiff University and Great Manchester Mental Health NHS trust. The aim of the study is to identify ways to make these services more accessible and effective for those who wish to access them.
Find out more and apply here
9am, Monday 16th March 2020.
Interviews will be held in London on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March.
Public Committee member
The NIHR coordinating centres, Academy, Central Commissioning Facility (CCF), and NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) are looking for members of the public to join a number of national and regional committees that prioritise and recommend health and social care research applications for funding.
Find out more and how to apply here.
Closing date: 1pm Monday 16th March 2020
PHR Prioritisation Committee members sought
The Public Health Research (PHR) programme is seeking to appoint members to the Prioritisation Committee. This opportunity is for current voluntary/charity sector employees working at a senior level and/or with a breadth of experience and knowledge of public health issues.
You will find more info and advice on how to apply here.
Closing date: Friday 24th April 2020
Self Injury Awareness Day Event
Self Injury Support
Date: Wednesday 4 March, 2020
Time: 13.00 – 16.45
Location: Broadmead Baptist Church, 1 Whippington Court, Bristol BS1 3HY
Find out more, or book your free place here
Societal Reconciliation with Mad Activism: Challenges and Possibilities
Date: Wed 18 March 2020
Time: Door time 7pm, Start time 7.30pm
Location: The Brunswick, 1 Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JF
Find out more and get tickets here
Stepping Down public meeting
Manchester Users Network
Date: Thurs 19 March 2020
Location: Harpurhey Neighbourhood Project Centre, Carisbrook Street, Harpurhey, Manchester M9 5UX
A Culture of Care: Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance national conference 2020
Date: Thu 19 & Fri 20 March 2020
Time: 10:00 AM (Thu) – 4:30 PM (Fri)
Venue: Derby Museums and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, East Midlands, DE1 1BS
Find out more and get tickets here
. Concessions available.
Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network meeting
Date: Tuesday 24 March 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm
Where: King’s College London.
For full details and to register your attendance, click the link here
Evolving research through lived experience
CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Conference dates: Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March 2020
Inaugural Open Dialogue Champions conference 2020
Developing Open Dialogue
Date: Saturday 28 March
Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Where: Central London
Free event. Details about the event here
and event registration here
ROFA conference 2020. Post election – what now?
Date: Wed 22 April 2020, Free
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
When: to 25 April 2020
Where: Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Beckenham, Kent
Where: Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, Kent
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