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DeafHealth Champions Conference - 16th October 2014, Manchester

The Deaf Health Champions Conference scheduled for Thursday 16th October 2014 has been POSTPONED to March 2015.


The Dementia Challenge North, Continuing the Fightback - 18th September 2014, Leeds

Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce The Dementia Challenge North; due to the huge success of this event in London in April this year, this conference now moves to the North of England.

The Dementia Challenge North - Continuing the Fight Back conference is for those that live with, work with or are affected by dementia. This delegate focused event devotes maximum plenary time to the issues that really matter with updates on the latest developments in the fight against this most devastating condition.

To view the programme and booking form please visit


Social Care 2014: Better Guidance, Better Care - 15th September 2014, London

The latest conference in Govtoday’s successful stream of events on social care will be hosted at the Mermaid Conference Centre in Central London on September 15th.
Confirmed speakers include; Professor Gillian Leng CBE, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Health and Social Care National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care Care Quality Commission. Jo Cleary, Chair, The College of Social Work.

For further information and a booking form, please contact;
Alicia Greally
Marketing Executive
Tel: + 44 (0) 161 686 5589


Transforming Mental Health Inspections - 17th October 2014, London

To safeguard the quality and safety of health and care services in the wake of high profile failures, the Quality Care Commission has dramatically transformed the way in which they monitor, inspect and regulate all health and care providers.

Capita Conferences are organising a one day national conference in London on the need to transform mental health inspections.
Confirmed speakers include;   Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector (Lead for Mental Health) QCC ,   Caroline Hacker, Head of Mental Health Policy, QCC.

For further information and a booking form, please contact;


International Mental Health and Deafness Congress, 16th to 19th September 2014, Belfast

ESMHD are organising a 4 day  International Congress on Mental Health and Deafness in Belfast on 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th September 2014.

Further details and updates will appear on the web site at


Mental Health First Aid training - England Only

Courses are delivered in BSL/SSE by Deaf Instructors.

There are currently no courses planned, but if you would like to attend a course or get BSMHD to organise a course, please contact the General secretary.

There are now 2 types of courses available - a full 2 day 'Standard' course or a 'Lite' course of 3 hours duration.

Further information can be found at;


Healthy Deaf Minds Meetings

London HDM London meetings will now be held at All Souls Clubhouse, 141 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QG, near Regents Park. Nearest tube station is Great Portland Street.

The next meeting with the topic of "Deaf Recovery Model - How Deaf people recover from the experience of Mental Health" with Herbert Klein and Colleagues fgrom SWLSTG.

Entry is £5.00 (Please note that receipts are no longer being issued) which includes tea & coffee.

For further information, please contact;

Scotland - HDM Scotland meetings are held at various locations throughout Scotland.

HDM Scotland is able to continue with generous funding from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation.


Job Vacancy - Child Mental Health Worker/Healthcare Assistant - Springfield Hospital, Tooting

Child Mental Health Worker/Healthcare Assistant
Corner House
Springfield University Hospital

37.5 hour per week

1 Year Fixed Term Contract
Band 3 £20,347 - £23,344 per annum including Inner London allowances

National Deaf Services, Springfield Hospital are looking to recruit a dynamic and motivated Healthcare Assistant who is passionate about providing high quality mental health care to Deaf young people. The post is demanding but rewarding and you will be provided with excellent team support, supervision and learning opportunities. It is not essential that you are able to converse using BSL as training will be provided. It is essential however that you are committed to promoting Deaf Culture and improving the access for Deaf young people to receive high quality mental health care.

The inpatient service is a small six bedded specialist unit for Deaf children & adolescents (8-17yrs) with mental health and behavioural problems. The unit is the only one of its kind in the country and is commissioned by the National Specialist Commissioning Team. We therefore play a key role in the on-going development of National Deaf CAMHS Services along with our colleagues in other parts of the country.  The Ward Manager role is key in ensuring that we maintain effective working relationships with CAMHS services across the country in order to ensure seamless pathways for the children, adolescents & families who use the service.

The aims of the service are to provide expert multi-disciplinary assessment, care and treatment to Deaf young people with mental health problems.  The service is committed to promoting Deaf culture and promoting the Deaf identity of young people is integral to the delivery of care within the service.  In helping you achieve this you will be fully supported by an experienced MDT and will be provided the opportunity to achieve BSL Level 2 within two years of your appointment.

National Deaf Services is part of the Specialist Services Directorate within South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust. The Directorate provides services in many specialist areas including Eating Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders/Body Dysmorphic Disorders, Traumatic Stress, Neuro- Psychiatry as well as Forensic mental health care. The Trust is also linked to St George’s Hospital, which is one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals with an international reputation for patient care, education and research.

Springfield Hospital is 10 – 15 minutes’ walk away from Tooting Bec underground station and offers easy access to Central London and its numerous restaurants, bars, theatres, museums, cinemas, galleries and other places of interest. Tooting and Balham have many high street shops as well as a variety of independent traders all within walking distance of the hospital.
To apply and for further information about the post please contact Omar Mansaray Ward Manager on 020 3513 6860 or via email to  







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