Migrants Resource Centre is hosting a new Expert Patients 6 week course in January 2015 for people with long term health conditions (be it physical such as diabetes or chronic pain or emotional such as chronic stress and anxiety or depression) – also for carers.

Please note this course has a priority for those who have not already done it at MRC and all participants must be residents of Westminster, K&C or Hammersmith & Fulham OR registered with a GP in these areas.

More information available here: EPP poster MRC 30thJan NEW


pflogoFriday 28 November is Carers Rights Day and to mark this, November is Carers month on People First.

They’ll be raising awareness of carers issues and have been working with Carers K&C and the Carers Network in Westminster.

Events, news and articles related to caring will be highlighted on the People First website

Click here to see their Carers page – this will be updated with more features and interviews next week and over ensuing weeks.

People First are also carrying out a Carers Survey . Closing date is November 21st

What is People First?

People First is the core Information and Advice web service for residents, staff and fellow professionals, run by the Adult Social Care departments of RBKC and Westminster. They soon hope to be live in Hammersmith and Fulham as well. Their aim is to provide easy-to-use, jargon free and engaging information in a bright visual way that will help keep people stay safe, well and independent.

For further information contact: peoplefirst@rbkc.gov.uk

The Carers’ Call to Action

Championing better support and recognition of carers of people with Dementia

Leading charities, public bodies and private providers have come together to issue a call to transform the lives of families and friends caring for people with dementia, with the aim to transform the lives of 550,000 family carers of people with dementia in England today.

Sign their pledge as an individual or organisation now! www.dementiaaction.org.uk/carerssignup

Find out more at their website which features useful information including the local services checklist and a booklet by carers for carers: www.dementiaaction.org.uk/carers


West London Mental Health are looking for one carer representative and one alternate from local services (adult) to sit on the Transformation Board.

The Transformation Board meets at Armstrong Way every 6 weeks and they we would like to have representatives in place for the next meeting on Fri 5 December 2014.

“The West London Transformation Board is an integrated Board, comprising CCG clinical and commissioning leads, WLMHT clinical and management leads, Local Authority representatives, Service Users and Carers, Third Sector representatives, NWL Strategy and Transformation representatives and Trust Staff.  There are work streams that report to the Transformation Board that are responsible for ensuring that the changes are implemented. 

 A role of the Transformation Board is to oversee and support delivery of the Work Stream Delivery Groups’ (WSDG) agendas and action plans.”

Please see this revised Transformation Board  information, role and expression of interest form.
Download here: Transformation Board information, role and expression of interest form.

If you are interested in this opportunity please see process below:-  

  • Returned expression of interest form  to Flippa via Alma, by 24 Nov (attached page 6 and 7 of information) address below or email alma.hector@wlmht.nhs.uk
  • Informal Interviews 28 November at Armstrong Way: 2pm to 4pm individuals to be contacted to agree a convenient slot to meet
  • Carer rep to sit on 5 Dec Transformation Board

Dates of Transformation Board Meetings: All meetings are at Armstrong Way

•             Fri 5 Dec – 9.00 to 10.45 White room A and B


Don’t miss our Carers Rights Day events on Friday 28 November. Find out about local services, support and advice at our many stalls and short talks.
Join us in:
Westminster 10-12pm, The Westminster Archives, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE – Westminster tube
Hammersmith and Fulham 2-4pm. Dawes Road Hub, 20 Dawes Road, SW6 7EN – Fulham Broadway tube
Please see flyer below for more information!

Flyer 2014


The local West London NHS Commissioning Groups are holding events for people with long-term conditions like diabetes, dementia, chronic heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); this will help the NHS to design a better way to help people manage their own care.

They are also asking carers, voluntary and community groups, and health and social care professionals to join them.

There is one event in each of the 3 boroughs, but anyone can attend any event.

Free lunch will be provided

Hammersmith & Fulham
Wednesday 19 November 2014, 9.30am – 1pm. St Paul’s Centre, Queen Caroline, London StW6 9PJ

Tuesday 16 December 2014, 9.30am – 1pm, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

Kensington & Chelsea
Thursday 22 January 2015The Tabernacle 34-35 Powis Square, London, W11 2AY




Expert Patient Carers FREE Self management Health Course

The Expert Patient Service provides self-management courses for people and carers living with long-term health conditions; such as heart disease, diabetes, depression, asthma, high arthritis, blood pressure, cancer, or any other condition.

The course is open to people who live in Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and & Chelsea or Westminster (or are registered with a GP in the area)

The course lasts for six weeks, with a weekly meeting of 2.5 hours and covers  healthy lifestyle advice, action planning, managing stress, pain and fatigue, weight management, relaxation techniques and better communication with family and friends and health professionals.

 All participants receive a free self-management book, a certificate of completion and more importantly have the opportunity to meet other people with similar conditions or experiences.

Our next courses is aimed at Carers, living in the above boroughs or registered with a GP in those areas.  Our next courses are at:

Venue: Migrant Refugee Community Forum

2 Thorpe Close

Ladbroke Grove


Date:   Thursday 29th January 2015

Time:    11.00 – 1.30

Venue: Nubian Life Resource Centre

50 Ellerslie Road

Shepherds Bush

W12 7BW

Date:   Friday 30th January 2015

Time:   11.00 – 1.30

For more information and to register please contact Davendra on 0209 749 8017 or email eps@nubianlife.org.uk