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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 Care Act in Practice - 14th November 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 Friday 14th November 2014.
Confirmed speakers include;                                                                    

  1. Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults Department of Health.
  2. David Pearson, President, Association of Directors in Social Work
  3. David Paynton, National Clinical Lead, Centre for Commissioning, Royal College of GP’s

For further information and a booking form, please contact;Chris Sheridan
Digital Sales Manager
Tel: + 44 (0) 161 713 3886


How can Healthcare in England become the best in Europe? - 25th November 2014, London

Improving Patient Care
The Mermaid Conference & Events Centre, London, 25th November 2014

Govtoday and Health & Social Care Reform are delighted to be hosting Improving
Patient Care. The conference be held at the prestigious Mermaid Theatre in the
City of London on November 25th, a must attend event for NHS senior management
who are serious about transforming their organisations.
Confirmed speakers include;
- Andrew Hasler, Deputy Head of Programmes (Experience of Care), NHS Improving Quality
- Andrea Spyropoulos, President Royal College of Nursing

- Toto Gronlund, Chair, College of Medicine
- Ruth Thorlby, Senior Fellow in Health Policy, The Nuffield Trust
- Dr Paul Coulter, Specialty Registrar, NHS County Durham & Darlington


For further details of the programme and contact details;

Suzanne Carrington, Head of Special Projects.

Tel: 07881 388 076

Email ;


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;


Culture & Substance misuse conference - 17th November 2014, London

Osmani Centre, 58 Underwood Road, London E1 5AW

Our behaviour and attitudes are influenced by a number of factors, including our cultural background and the culture within which we are living in. What is considered to be drug or alcohol use in one culture, may not be considered in the same fashion in another. Culture can have a powerful influence on the substance of choice, how and where it is used and with whom. The stigma associated with drug and alcohol misuse can result in a low uptake of services by certain groups. Some service providers have established projects which work specifically with certain minority groups. Is this the way forward or should all drug and alcohol services be able to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse population in the UK?

This one day conference will focus on these issues and on a number of other key questions associated with culture & substance misuse including:

  • Are some individuals and ethnic groups more or less susceptible to addiction that others?
  • The global and UK picture: What are the prevalence rates for drug and alcohol misuse?
  • What do we know about the impact of migration on drug and alcohol misuse?
  • How can we improve access to Drug & Alcohol services by Black and minority ethnic communities?
  • How can we reduce the stigma?
  • What do we know about the needs and experiences of Black & minority ethnic communities who do access services?
  • To what extent have these issues been considered in national policy documents and initiatives?

The keynote address will be given by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.

For further details please contact;
Ahmed Qureshi (conference co-ordinator) tel. 07540 356 526  
email:  or at

SMHD 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

Mental Health First Aid courses which are accredited by Mental Health First Aid England CIC can be facilitated by BSMHD and delivered in BSL/SSE by a Deaf trainer.

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 two types of course available – the ‘Standard’ course which is a full two day course and a ‘Lite’ course which is of 3 hours duration. Standard courses can be accredited at NVQ with 3 credits awarded at Level 3.

For further information, please see are delivered in BSL/SSE by Deaf Instructors.



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.


Breathing Space in Scotland offer free emotional support service for BSL users

Breathing Space in Scotland offer a free, confidential phone and webcam service for anyone in Scotland feeling low, depressed or anxious.
The service which is available at and then clicking on “BSL service” is available on Thursday (6pm to 10pm) and (6pm to 9.30pm) Sunday evenings. On each of these periods a Deaf BSL adviser is available for confidential consultations and signpost to what local services are available.


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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