CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College: July Courses and Workshops

Download the CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College July Newsletter with course and workshop dates here

These include:

•           Co-producing research

•           Understanding self-harm

•           Working in partnership with your GP

•           Managing holidays & anniversaries

•           How to organise & chair meetings

•           CNWL – an overview

•           Understanding hoarding

•           Setting up a peer support group

•           Making friends with computers and getting online

People using CNWL services (and their carers, family and friends) can attend the college for free.

To book onto any of the above courses please email: or call: 020 3214 5686

Find out more about the Recovery and Wellbeing College here

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Get involved and have your say about health services Diagnostic Services

CWHHEThe CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Group collaborative (made up of Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing CCGs) are in the process of reviewing the Diagnostics services provided in these areas.

The focus of the work will be to make it easier for patients to access diagnostic services and improve the quality of the service.

A Diagnostic test is a medical test performed to aid in the diagnosis or detection of diseaseinjury or any other medical condition.

For example, a test may be used to confirm that a person is free from disease, to fully diagnose a disease, to work out how serious a disease is or how well the patient might respond to treatment.

They would like to use patient and carer expertise to help ensure they provide the right service.

If you are a patient who uses these diagnostic services or care for someone who uses these services, they would like to hear from you to hear about your experiences and suggestions for how services can be improved.

There will also be a series of monthly one-hour workshops between July and September to look at reviewing this service.

They would value your participation in these workshops, so that they can ensure they develop the right service for patients and residents.

Please email Samira Shariff (CLCCG Planned Care- Project Manager)  or telephone 020 3350 4779 if you’d like to get involved.



Storynamics, a London-based film company, which specialises in creating interactive content for third sector organisations, is looking for patients who have experienced significant delays in getting treatment with the NHS (or have been badly affected by cuts), and who are willing to share their story on camera.

The interviews will be shown on the Storynamics website

Find out more information here

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Find an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Therapist

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is commonly referred to as psychological acupressure. The therapy aims to release emotional blockages within the body’s energy system.

As with many other therapies, EFT works on the premise that the body contains energy channels. When these energy channels become blocked or unbalanced, it is believed to lead to emotional and physical illness.

Using tapping techniques, Emotional Freedom Technique looks to correct these imbalances.

Visit this page on The Therapy Directory to find out more about EFT and how to find an EFT practitioner.

(All listed therapists on this website have provided The Therapy Directory with qualifications and insurance cover or proof of membership with a professional body).

Workshop on Championing Carers of People with Schizophrenia

Invitation to ‘Championing Carers of People with Schizophrenia’
Tuesday 5 July 2016, 2.00 – 4.30pm
65-67 Queen’s Gate, London, SW7 5JS
Facilitated by the Otsuka and Lundbeck Alliance

Carers and families play a crucial role in the management of schizophrenia, which affects nearly 300,000 people in the UK. Schizophrenia is still associated with considerable stigma, fear and limited public understanding. In 2015, the Mental Health Taskforce acknowledged in its interim report that carer and family involvement in the delivery of care is a key ‘area for change’, and it is hoped that the Government’s commitment to spend more than £1 billion annually on mental health by 2020/21 can have a positive effect on support for carers and families.

In order to help ignite the debate around support for carers of people with schizophrenia, the Otsuka and Lundbeck Alliance launched a consultation document in February 2016 examining what carers and families of people with schizophrenia and mental illness are currently experiencing. It was accompanied by an online consultation seeking views from stakeholders on what needs to happen next to improve the lives of, and support provided to, carers and families.

The Alliance’s Chelsea and Westminster workshop aims to provide an interactive forum for local health leaders, commissioners, clinicians and carers to feed into the consultation and to share best practice examples of local support for carers and families of people with schizophrenia, and to discuss what more needs to be done to improve the level of support both locally and nationally.

All responses to the consultation will be incorporated into a nationally-focused report laying out best practice examples and recommendations to improve support for carers and families of people with schizophrenia.

If you would like to attend the workshop, or require any further information, please contact Jack Robinson at MHP Communications at or by phone on 020 3128 8138.

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Carers Week 2016

Carers weekCarers Network celebrated Carers Week 2016 with a busy week of activities for both Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham carers!

We kicked off the week by co-hosting ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’ with Carers Kensington and Chelsea at Kensington Town Hall on Monday 6 June.

This was an event for both Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea carers.

Here carers heard talks from Barclays Bank – on fraud prevention, third party mandates and power of attorney; The Commissioning Team, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster – on future carer services in the two boroughs; The Department of Work and Pensions Carers Allowance Unit – on carers allowance; and The Recovery and Wellbeing College – on how carers can benefit from attending courses at the college.

Throughout the day local services had stalls with lots of useful information for carers.

Carers from both boroughs were also be able to get health checks from the Health Checkers and free hand massages courtesy of Body Shop.

On Monday a group of H&F carers also enjoyed a trip to Chiswick House where they explored the historical house and beautiful gardens in the sunshine!

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 Carers enjoying the Chiswick House grounds

Then, on Tuesday 7 June a group of carers from both boroughs took advantage of a beautiful day and basked in the sun on a Thames River Cruise!

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All aboard! Carers on the Thames River Cruise

Wednesday 8 June saw us all celebrating Carers Network’s 25th birthday in style at the Beethoven Centre.

There was a tea and cake, a Laughter Workshop and dancing. Carers Time Bank members also demonstrated their skills!

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Carers getting into the party spirit!

The inaugural Great Carers Bake Off was a great success with some delicious baked creations on show and Westminster Carer Iwona Lynch was crowned the winner.

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Winning Westminster Baker Iwona Lynch with Carers Network Support Worker, and one of judging panel, Khursheda Ismoilzoda

On Thursday 9 June H&F carers attended Advice and Wellbeing Workshops at the Mencap Centre.

A light exercise session helped get carers’ pulses going and the day off to a racing start before H&F Citizens Advice gave a session on Benefits entitlement where carers found out what was new in this workshop dedicated to carers’ needs.

After lunch, carer caught up with the news & views from Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where the group heard information on the CCG’s work with GPs and frontline health services and were a given the opportunity to help shape future services.

Carers were then able to relax and unwind by taking part in a mindfulness session at the end of the event.

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Carers taking part in the physical activity session


Carers chat with H&F CCG and catch up on local news and opportunities to get involved.

Throughout the day local services had stalls with lots of useful information for carers. Free hand massages and health checks were also available.

Finally, on Friday 10 June carers from both boroughs enjoyed a fascinating and informative guided tour of The Houses of Parliament.

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 Hammersmith & Fulham Carers on the Houses of Parliament Tour


Westminster Carers on the Houses of Parliament Tour

Carers Network would like to thank Karen Buck MP and Andy Slaughter MP for sponsoring these tours.







Patient Participation Groups

PPGAre you a registered member of a GP practice?

Do you belong to a GP Patient Participation Group or would you like to find out what it involves?

What is a Patient Participation Group?

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are made up of patients, GP practice managers and nurses.

PPG members meet regularly to have an honest and constructive discussion about how primary health care is delivered and how this might impact on patients and local communities

PPGs have helped to:

  • Improve appointment waiting times
  • Improve communication between patients and front-line staff
  • Identify key issues
  • Enable resources to be used more effectively

PPGs will allow you as a carer to:

  • Have your say and speak up for the people you care for
  • Become more engaged in wider health issues
  • Access free training events
  • Meet other patients and share ideas

Get involved — we invite you to get in touch if you are interested in being a carer representative on your local PPG or if you are interested in having your say on any upcoming service changes.

If you get in touch we’ll keep you in the loop.

What support will Carers Network give you?

Carers Network launched the Healthy Carers Better Care project to help carers in Queen’s Park and Paddington to look after themselves and use their wealth of experience to help shape local health services.

We will provide training on what it means to be a PPG member and create opportunities for you to attend PPGs and provide feedback on health services – finding alternative roots of involvement for carers with health or mobility issues and/or limited time.

To get involved or for more information please contact Siyane Debela (Carers Network’s Healthy Carers Officer) on:

T: 020 8960 3033

For more information about Patient Participation Groups please see