A little, interim, news mail-out.

Okay, so it’s been a while since the last mega-mail-out, which much news having happened in the meantime (the wheels coming off workfare, A4e hitting troubled times, over which,ohh,as many as two or three people may be upset, the NHS being the subject of heated debate up and down the land, with 95% of professional and public opinion not being terribly in favour of the Govt’s plans,but what do they know…). None of that for the time being, partly because the backlog of news items carefully compiled by your correspondent seems to lose freshness with each new day,new development and twist in the torrid tales of health and social care. And partly because it’d be an unimaginable faff-on to compile everything into one enormous e-mail that would look so long that few would ever embark upon reading it. So, fewer, but more frequent communications from now on.

And so to the content…
First up is something rather groovy and creative and different that the NTWSU&C network with allies and the NTW trust have ben cooking up (and, whisper it quietly, it is but the beginning of a whole series of "happenings",talks,events,displays,performances etc:

selfmade:creativity in wellbeing.

A series of North East independent creative projects in 2012, exploring the relationship between art, society and health.

You are invited to attend

Devising Psychosis

Sunday 29 April from 2pm – 5pm

Jubilee Theatre, St Nicholas Hospital, Jubilee Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear , NE3 3XT

A free collaborative afternoon of talks, performances, visual art,

installation and conversation on the arts in wellbeing

To book a place please contact Debbie Brown on debbie.brown

or follow @Dev_Psychosis @Self_Made101 on twitter.

Devising Psychosis

Funders: The NTWSU&C network, Launchpad,Newcastle City Council Arts Development and Gateshead Council Arts Development

Partners: Early Intervention and Psychosis Team and NHS Northumberland Tyne and Wear

Artists: Tender Buttons Theatre Company, Aidan Moesby, Sean Burn
Collaborators: Northumbria University,North Tyneside Arts Studio (NTAS), Newcastle and Gateshead Arts Studio (NAGAS)

Next is a request. A very nice PhD student at the University of York’s Social Policy and Social Work Department, Hannah Jobling has been in touch and also came to the last network meeting. For her PhD she’s undertaking a research project on the use of Community Treatment Orders in mental health services and the impact they are having on service users, carers and practitioners.The Longbenton Assertive Outreach Service has agreed to host some of the research and she will include (about five) service users and five carers as participants. She’d like opinions on her questionnaires and information leaflets for the project, so please cast your eyes over the attached, and let Hannah know at hjls500

And lastly (told you things would be brief for once) is a flier for a workshop event on the 3rd of April on Trauma and Recovery, by Rufus May (do note that there is a cost).


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

informed consent form carersntw.docx

informed consent form SERVICE USERSntw.docx

particpant info sheet carers version 1ntw.docx

particpant info sheet service users version 1.1 ntw.docx

TRAUMA AND RECOVERY 3rd April 2012 Newcastle.doc

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