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» Invitation: BME Health Forum – NHS Choices Course Grant

Organisations that work with patients registered with Hammersmith & Fulham GP practices are invited to apply to deliver one or two 10 session courses benefiting a minimum of 10 clients per course whose level of English is at Entry Level 2. Each organisation will receive £790 for each course they deliver.

» NHS Grenfell Tower Fire Response Group briefing

Welcome to the first issue of our new regular NHS Grenfell Tower Fire Response Group briefing. This briefing is to keep you updated about what the NHS is doing in north Kensington, following the fire on 14 June at Grenfell Tower.

» Choosing wisely information

Please see attached documents related to ‘Choosing Wisely’ engagement activity taking place across North West London. North West London Collaboration of CCGs is considering two proposals to do with how medicines are prescribed.

» Proposal to reduce waste associated with repeat prescribing

Equalities and health inequalities impact check.The proposal: The aim is simply to give patients medicines they need and intend to take, but not medicines that they don’t need or don’t intend to take.

» Core funding and free training for health charities - 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

» FUNDING:Drug & Alcohol Relief Fund

We are delighted to offer this one-off programme for 2017-18, thanks to a generous donation from the Drug and Alcohol Service for London (DASL) following its closure.

» The Future of Diabetes Survey: Focusing on engaging BAME people

We want to make sure BAME voices are represented in our future plans for Diabetes. People from Asian and Afro-Caribbean backgrounds are up to 2-4 times more likely to get Type 2 diabetes, and often face different challenges. So it’s really important we hear their views as we fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm. We want to hear from you if you have diabetes, if you’re a parent of a child with diabetes, or if you’re a carer for someone with diabetes. You’ll have the chance to enter into the prize draw and be in with a chance of winning one of five £50 Tesco vouchers.

» Take the online breath test

We all feel short of breath from time to time. That’s healthy and normal. But sometimes it can be a sign of something more serious. The British Lung Foundation online breath test asks 10 simple questions to help you look after your lungs.

» SURVEY: Care Co-ordination Service (CCS) and Health Watch Survey

Primary care coordination services have changed in Westminster. Healthwatch and the Older Adults Group at the Advocacy Project want to hear your experiences of receiving support, so that we can check that the changes are improving people's lives.

» Create Church Street fund is now open for a new round of applications.

The Create Church Street fund is now open for a new round of applications. The local community, artists, individuals, groups and arts and cultural organisations can submit applications for funding for arts and creative projects. You can bid for up to £10,000 to deliver creative activities for local people of all ages and backgrounds to take part in.

» Cycling Grants London: up to £10,000

You can apply for a grants of up to 10,000, to set up or continue to deliver community cycling projects in the capital.

» Healthwatch #ItStartswithyou initiative

Help make health & care better for your community. Share your views with your #Healthwatch #ItStartsWithYou. Help encourage more people to have their say on health and care.The more that people share their ideas, experiences and concerns about NHS and social care, the more services can understand when improvements are needed.

» Reading Well for people with long term conditions

We've worked with the Society of Chief Librarians, with funding from Arts Council England and The Wellcome Trust, to develop a new Reading Well scheme for people with long-term conditions and their carers.

» Grenfell: Humanitarian Assistance

The following guidance pack brings together the different sources of assistance available, and a broader update for those assisting people affected by the Grenfell fire.It is intended to provide guidance to anyone who may be approached by a member of the public and will be useful for; Key Workers, British Red Cross helpline staff, and staff and volunteers at the rest centre, family centre, community groups and venues.

» Information on where to find emotional support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster

Emotional Support for Grenfell: Community support resources including: Al Manaar - Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, Samaritans,Cruse Bereavement Care, SMART: St Mary Abbotts Rehabilitation and Training, Acklam Village Healing Zone, Children’s Respite and Healing, Sane, Kensington and Chelsea Mind, Help Counselling, NHS: Trauma Leaflet and Acklam Village Healing Zone.

» Grenfell Tower fire: support for people affected

Information about the support available for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017.This page contains advice on where to seek urgent assistance and information, including the official helplines for this incident. It also provides guidance on support services available for victims and all those affected by Grenfell Tower fire.

» Manifesto for Improving Adult Social Care outcomes and provision for an aging Black and Minority Ethnic, & Migrant Population

This manifesto seeks to gain the support of all political parties, to commit to addressing the need for better provision, and outcomes, in Adult Social Care for aging Black and Minority Ethnic and migrant communities (BME & migrant communities) in the United Kingdom. Nubian Life is not aligned to, and is independent of any political party.

» YUVA young people's service

Yuva is DVIP’s young people’s service for families where children/ adolescents have been violent or abusive to their parents/carers. The service is currently able to accept referrals from agencies and/or parents in families across London that have had a history of domestic violence. Families will eligible for support if the young person has witnessed/experienced dv and needs support to rebuild safe relationships within the family. Another criteria for eligibility is that the young person is willing to address their behaviour and is 18 or under.

» ‘Stronger Knowing More’ raising awareness for black men about their increased risk of prostate cancer

Find out more and join the campaign: 1 in 4 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, double the risk faced by all men, which is 1 in 8. Yet, only 14% of black men are aware of their higher risk. So Prostate Cancer UK has launched a campaign called Stronger Knowing More, to make sure that all black men know their risk and what to do about it.

» FUNDING: Rosa - Women to Women Fund

Grants of between £5000 and £25,000 are available for local women's organisations to support a wide range of work that benefits women, especially those that work with disadvantaged communities.Round 1 is now open with a deadline of 16 January 2017 (9 am); Round 2 will open in May 2017; Round 3 will open in September 2017.

» MEWSLETTER Issue 14 (September 2016 issue)

Middle Eastern Women and Society Organisation (MEWSo)'s September edition of their monthly 'Mewsletter' can be viewed here and is now available to download...

» January issue of K&C Mind's Peer Support Network newsletter, #PeerTalk

#PeerTalk: K&C Mind’s Peer Support Network Newsletter - This issue includes:Happy new year; PeerFest 2015; Peer Support Fair; Steering Group; Peer Bank; Peer Support Directory; Marsh Award; Peer Support in the news; Dates for the diary...

» LSCB Newsletter for January 2016

The LSCB Newsletter for January 2016 is now available to download. Please note that the newsletter particularly highlights the Tri-Borough LADO role [Local Authority Designated Officer], whose purpose is to investigate any allegations of misconduct amongst staff who work with children and/or young people...

» MEWSO's January 2016 Newsletter

Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation's January newsletter is now published. We have a new section called "your say" where we will feature our reader's opinions on issues such as domestic violence, emotional abuse, and women's rights...

» New Patient Participation Group Best Practice Guide!

Healthwatch Central West London have a new Patient Participation Group Best Practice Guide! Thinking about starting up a PPG, joining a group or getting more members for your PPG? Then have a read of this guide! It has top tips on recruiting patients, the roles and responsibilities of a PPG, and the support...

» Peer Support Network - New Monthly Newsletter (November Issue)

Kensington and Chelsea Mind’s Peer Support Network have a new monthly newsletter, called #PeerTalk. November is the first issue...

» New Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) Single Point of Access

The new CNWL Single Point of Access was launched on 3rd November 2015. This is a one-stop entry point into working age adult secondary community mental health services for patients living in the North West London boroughs of Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, K&C, and Westminster...

» Why do men engage less with primary health care? - [from People First Website]

On People First: Why do men engage less with primary health care? Men, on average, visit the GP 20% less than women, and younger men visit the GP half as often as younger women. Men are generally poor users of primary care. They are less likely to access other health services such as dentists...

» Maternity Project - Heathwatch CWL + Project management group Meeting on 28th Oct

Healthwatch Central West London have begun a research project on maternity and associated services in our three boroughs (Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham). We want to assess the quality of the experience of women who have delivered and used inpatients,outpatients...

» Westminster Time Credits - off to a strong start!

Westminster Time Credits Newsletter (October 2015).Since our update announcing that organisations can now sign up to the Westminster Time Credits network we have been super busy here at Westminster Time Credits. Our main focus has been to get out and about to spread the news...

» Flu Vaccination information letter from Public Health (Three boroughs)

Flu season is here again. For most people flu is an unpleasant illness from which they recover in two to seven days. However for children under 6 months, those over 65 years, those with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women, the risk of serious complications is higher. These complications...

» MEWSO Monthly Newsletter-September 2015

The Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation (MEWSO) is pleased to bring you our second monthly newsletter. MEWSO is a women's run organisation dedicated to providing mental and emotional support to Middle Eastern and North African women who have faced/witnessed domestic violence...

» Westminster Time Credits

Spice, the social enterprise that has developed Time Credits -a way of recognising and celebrating the time people give to their community and to encourage more new people to get involved in volunteering – are setting up a local network in Westminster, with a specific focus on South Westminster…

» Medical Justice Press Release: HM Inspector of Prisons 2015 report on Yarl’s Wood - 12/08/15

HM Inspector Prisons 2015 insection of Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre -12th August 2015. “The severe decline in healthcare documented by HM Inspector of Prisons demonstrates that the Home Office and its private contractors have been incapable of learning lessons. The endemic harmful...

» Victoria Medical Centre in Westminster Rated 'Outstanding' by CQC

The Victoria Medical Centre – the oldest practice in Westminster - was rated ‘outstanding’ in the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s latest round of reports. The Victoria Medical Centre offers General Practices (GP) services, and specialises in diagnostic and screening procedure, family planning services...