YAM (Yet Another Mail-out) on mental health,health and social care. Plus more. Much more.

How time flies when you’re having fu…well, how time flies,any-old-how.All of your regular information, and news of yet more (worrying, by and large) developments in health and social care,locally,regionally and nationally plus the odd bit of opinion, and maybe, something of,y’know, actual utility too.
Welcome, one and all, to YAM, yet another mail-out of stuff’n’nonsense, data and digressions,all that baloney and blarney, cunningly titled YAM this time round, because stuff (like,um,work) keeps getting in the way,so giving it a date-specific title wasn’t ever going to work.
So the fireworks are over for another year, and the dubious delights of dark evenings have descended. What can lift the spirits? Well, being optimistic, despite us being off this Government’s maps of places that matter,on a local and regional level, there’s quite a lot of decent and or interesting stuff to take pride in. However, one regional stalwart of the mental Health scene has departed, and it would be remiss not to mark its passing, and to say thank you. The North East Mental Health Development Unit is no more, and that is a cause for regret, as among all of their other work, they were very good and very helpful to service users and carers and our respective networks, especially the regionwide user and carer network, North east together (NEt). attached is a final report round-up from NEMHDU, plus a write-up of their farewell conference/event held on the 7th of October, a must read because of the outstanding presentation from the splendid Jill Treasure, who really spoke truth to power and laid out from a service user point of view just how appalling the impact of benefits and welfare system changes are (more on which later…).
On the old pdf front, there’s a bit of a backlog built up (for which many apologies, highly regrettable, lessons have been learned after a far-reaching inquiry, and steps have been taken,so let’s draw a line under things and move on, in an innovative, multi-faceted,cross-cutting fashion: that DH management bluster course has really paid dividends). So, please also find attached an NHS confed report on key stats,facts and trends in MH, and the Govt’s rather sneaked-out (not like this Government to be underhand, is it?) consultation on social care, “Caring for Our Future”, on the topic of which Prof Peter Beresford is both damning and correct.

Okay, so what do we have in the way of others’ newsletters,attachments and that kind of thing? Why, it’s our good pals and colleagues at NSUN, with a whole host of their newsletter/update doo-dahs. One here, here,here and here. oodles of news there, and it has also to be said that their national conference was excellent, and helped flag up all of the good MH user and carer work and networking in the North East.
Quick now, get your skates on, because attached is a job opportunity (with Tyneside MIND), but hurry, as applications must be in by Wed 30th of November. Likewise, very soon is a (mainly South of Tyne) conference/event relating to carers and drug and alcohol services, next Friday, that is the 2nd of December (details attached). In fact so pressing is the need to these last bits of info out now, as opposed to some time around the start of the London Olympiad, that the rest of this e-mail will follow later, under separate cover…or, in other words, to be continued


Alisdair Cameron
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc@gmail.com)

Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
City Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)
E-mail launchpadncl@aol.com
or alisdairscameron@gmail.com


Closure Report

Mental Health Strategy Event Report – Oct 2011

NHS confed. Key facts and trends in MH

DH. Caring for our future

2. Business Development Manager Advert

Conference invite and booking form

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