Yet Another Mailout, part II

Jings, crivvens and help ma Boab. Why is it that stories, news and information keeps piling in? Back again with part 2 of Yet Another Mailout. The last one before the joy and happiness (cough,splutter) that is the Christmas break, Do send on, recirculate,recycle, do what you will with the contents.

First up, a little reminder that there will be no NTWSU&C meeting in December, with the next one coming on the 20th of Jan at the Moving Forward Service,Newcastle. The full region-wide user and carer network, NEt also meets next in January, watch this space for details.

So what have we got in Santa’s sack?
A quick opener of the latest news from NSUN, our very good mates.
Last mailout brought the news of the demise of NEMHDU, but like a phoenix from the ashes, it’s back, with the same initials, as a social enterprise, and please find attached the first newsletter (Newsletter_1) of the North of England Mental Health Development Unit. On the newsletter front, please also find the latest (file002merged) from the MDF Newcastle (Manic Depression Fellowship: next meeting 7th Jan), and that from the Moving Forward Newcastle service (Newsletter – December 2011). Remember, if you’ve got newsletters, or news to impart, get ’em to us and we’ll get them out to thousands* of readers. (* yeah,really!). Also attached is news of the Adult ADHD group, next meeting on the 19th of December, at a new venue (Ivy Club, St Nick’s). Next up is a job advert (yes, such things as jobs exist even today) for support workers for MHM in Middlesbrough, closing date 22nd December.

The penultimate attachment is the VONNE (Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East) health and social care round-up. Lastly by way of things pinned to this email is definitely not least and it’s the MHNE bulletin.Did I say last? Not quite, as also appended is the flyer for Nth Tyneside Arts Studio upcoming exhibition, and a couple of documents about an arts competition for service users to design covers for the Care Programme Approach Association’s newsletters.

Now, here’s a message from those nice people at NICE:

I’m pleased to let you know that the Service User Experience clinical guideline (CG136) and quality standard and has now been published. The relevant links are included below:

The quality standard is listed on the quality standard webpage; The guidance documents can be found using the following link;

Now don’t let on, but there are no surprises in there at all, and to be frank it reads like something that could have been written 15 years ago. *Sigh*.

As if we didn’t know, but belatedly the CQC cottons on :
The Care Quality Commission report Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2010/11 shows a large scale failure in the Mental Health system. Staff who should have a legal duty to explain the IMHA service to patients did not understand it, or even know of its existence. The report also shows that funding for IMHA is not sufficient to meet demand.
20,000 people are subject to compulsory powers of the mental health act at any one time, 16,000 as in-patients; 4,000 on community treatment orders (CTOs). a4a estimates that, at this very moment, at least 5000 people are being denied access to their statutory right to advocacy.

On the topic of the CQC, Is it fit for purpose? A good article here, and a follow-on here, blaming the generals not the troops.

Ordinarily, you might anticipate at this juncture a long diatribe about the state of the nation, predicated upon the constant flow of dismaying news that is coming out about health and social care and ‘reform’ (Q. How is it that these days reform and ‘modernisation’ only ever means privatisation,marketisation,downsizing and outsourcing? Especially since neo-liberalism is both a proven failure and old hat? Answer: Because of the political/business/lobbying nexus. Look at this to see who really sets policy etc). However, so long is it since the last outpouring from this source that something of a backlog has built up, so instead there will be a long list of links to news stories and opinion pieces worth clocking, with far less accompanying flummery than hitherto employed. Normal service will resume once this pile of news has been reduced, but please accept this reduced level of commentary as an interim measure.A million apologies by the way for any errors and omissions, and particularly if in the process of clearing the backlog of items of news and stuff, I’ve inadvertently overlooked your item/submission/circular/newsletter. In a true spirit of co-production however, please also find a list of suitable words and phrases which you can use liberally as you see fit, appending them as appropriate to the stories/links.

Vicious, malicious, capricious,pernicious, meretricious, disgrace, dehumanising, appalling, heartless, ill-conceived,rank idiocy, privateering, rip-off, crony capitalism, stitch-up, pricks (kicking against), poor vulnerable and marginalised (stamping upon), ignorant, top-down, out-of-touch, designed-to-fail, scapegoating, bullying, disjointed, ideological, dogma-driven, evidence-free, witless, travesty, wunch (of bankers, now trying to run bits of the NHS for their profit),trite, glib ‘solutions’, nonsense-on-stilts,profits-before-people, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar[Editor:Are you sure about those last three: weren't they, y'know, wise?]

Who’s afraid of the facts?
What’s being hidden?
Why Lansley’s market driven reforms are doomed to fail
The nightmare of choice
Don’t be fooled by the pilot personal healthcare budgets
The Work programme works over the voluntary and community sector

and Work Programme company tried to recruit volunteers to train clients
The BMA (possibly) finds a moral compass
The Welfare Reform Bill isn’t terribly compatible with,um, human rights. (Who’d have guessed?)

More of the obvious as Big Society is being hampered by lack of clarity (and lack of money and being a smokescreen for all sorts of shenanigans)
The demonisation of the disabled is a chilling sign of the times
Disability Benefit cuts are a disaster waiting to happen (some say it’s happening now) To view pics of the region’s "Hardest Hit" campaign demo, click here.

And the growing body count of the Big Society

Seems a bit tricky now to wish everyone the very best for the festive season, but do have a good ‘un, and more regular mailouts will return sooner than you’d imagine (and than I’d like)


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


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

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)

E-mail launchpadncl
or alisdairscameron



Newsletter – December 2011.pdf

North East ADHD adult support group leaflet dec2011.pdf

Support Workers – Middlesbrough Floating Dec.doc

Roundup 6 November 2011.doc

MHNE Bulletin Friday 16th December.doc

the Settle Down Cafe Jan 2012 v2.pdf

flyer cover comp 2012.doc

submission form .doc

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