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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Wednesday 8th May 2019

Posted on 8th May, 2019 in News

Subject: Funding to support health and wellbeing in South Somerset

I am researching community groups and organisations in South Somerset that run events/sessions to contribute to the communities health and wellbeing. Our health and wellbeing strategy is able to provide funding for events and I am keen to inform people of this valuable funding.

Sara Hodges
Somerset Skills and Learning
Community Learning Partnership Co-ordinator
South Somerset
2nd Floor, Dolphin House, 21 Henford, Yeovil, BA20 1TQ

Tel: 01935 848341
Mobile: 07899961536

Working days Tuesday-Friday

SS&L is the business name of Somerset Skills & Learning, a Community Interest Company, registered at Courtenay House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 2PX.

Subject: Vacancies at Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Peer Support Worker, Band 3

Do you have personal lived experience of mental health recovery?

Do you value working positively with others to help them with their recovery?

If so, we’d love you to join us!

Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are committed to delivering quality mental health services based on the needs of the people who use our services. Every individual can make a valuable contribution to this aspiration and we are seeking people with lived experience of mental ill health to join us in our work.

As a Peer Support Worker, you will be an expert by experience through your own journey of recovery, you will be working within a multidisciplinary team and you will be supporting adults of working age going through periods of mental health crisis.

The role will require you to draw on your own experiences of recovery to inspire hope in others that recovery is possible. You will be given training on the most effective ways to do this.

It is essential that you have past lived experience of mental illness and are now stable in your recovery. You will receive sessional and day to day supervision within the team and participate collaboratively in all aspects of multidisciplinary team working for the benefit of those who need our help.

You will work with the Adult Community Mental Health Teams or Home Treatment teams and we have vacancies in the South Somerset, Taunton, Bridgwater and Mendip areas.

Interviews will be taking place on the 6th June as part of a tea and coffee afternoon, where you will be able to meet with the team managers informally prior to having an interview.

For more information please contact Paul Milverton (07979 701247) for an informal discussion about this exciting role.

For further details or to apply, please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915552562

Expert By Experience – Project Simulation Worker, Band 3

As part of an exciting investment from Health Education England, the Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Directorate at Somerset Partnership are pioneering the Project Simulation in Mental Health services for suicide prevention.

An Expert by Experience is someone who has previous experience of using or caring for someone who has received support from mental health services. We are looking for someone who wishes to contribute to collaborative working for the development and improvement of services.

This is a fixed term contract for 1 year, where you will support the Project Simulation Lead in developing and facilitating patient and staff forums to develop and promote learning.

Our aim is to improve the approaches to suicide prevention and review opportunities for further developments and your role in this will be highly valued.

We know how important it is to recognise people, such as yourself, as partners in the development of services and we welcome you to become involved in the co-production of better mental health care.

The role will involve travel county wide but will likely be based in the Bridgwater and Taunton areas so access to these areas with your own transport will be essential.

For further details please contact Neil Thomas, Project Simulation Lead on 07584 004887

For further details or to apply, please visit: https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915552417

Sophie Sewell
Recruitment Consultant
People Services
Musgrove Park Hospital
Taunton, Somerset
07771978175 | 01278 432008


Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Subject: Healthy Weston Timetable Update

BNSSG CCG has been notified this week that the election purdah period has been extended to cover the forthcoming European elections on 23 May 2019. As a result we will now be extending the Healthy Weston consultation until 12 noon on 14 June 2019. Cabinet Office guidance clearly states that public consultation events should not take place during European election purdah, even for consultations in progress.

The CCG is focused on ensuring that people are aware of this change and once confirmed, the rescheduled public event dates will be widely publicised. You can still fill in our survey or get in touch with us with your views via email or phone.

Thank you for your ongoing engagement and support for the Healthy Weston Programme. Further information can be found here https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/healthyweston/

Richard Evans
Communications Manager
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG
0117 984 1580
07825 905801

Subject: Save the Date! Somerset VCSE Leaders Conference 2019

The Somerset VCSE Leaders’ Conference returns this summer, and will once again provide a great opportunity for Chief Executives, Senior Managers, trustees and leaders of local VCSE sector organisations to meet, network, debate, and hear from a range of local and national sector leaders on a variety of key issues. The conference is open to leaders of all voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Somerset, and as the number of brilliant organisations and community groups in our county continues to grow, it’s a great opportunity to share learning, and celebrate the work we do.

The conference will be held on Friday 21st June 2019 at Monks Yard – save the date, more details coming soon.

Subject: ‘Care as You Are’ Premiere – Tuesday 22 May 2019

VCSE Organisations are invited to a special screening of ‘Care As You Are’, a film made in Somerset which focuses on the impact of living with, and caring for a relative with dementia. It is being developed as a training tool to raise awareness and promote emotional support for carers. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A session and discussion on how best to achieve this.

The screening will be held on Tuesday 22nd May, from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Albermarle Centre, Taunton.
Email joanne@revealproductions.co.uk to book your free place.

Subject: Carers Support Group Volunteers required in Somerset: Bishops Lydeard, Creech St Michael, Dulverton, Minehead, Taunton, and Wellington; plus telephone Befriender based in Victoria Gate, Taunton.

About the opportunities
There are over 60,000 unpaid carers in Somerset supporting a loved one who is elderly, ill or disabled. Help make their life a little better! Somerset Carers Service is looking for friendly, approachable people to help make sure the local Carers Group runs smoothly. The groups give Carers the chance to take a much-needed break, socialise and access the support they need.
Engage, on behalf of Community Council for Somerset (CCS) are looking for volunteers to support Carers Groups in the West Somerset & Taunton area.
The volunteers would be required to:

  • Meet and greet guests at the carers groups.
  • Keep the group talking
  • Make tea and coffee.
  • Have good listening skills.

About CCS (Carers Support Service)
Community Council for Somerset (CCS) supports people who live and work in Somerset communities. They do this through a range of diverse projects which bring together people who care about local community life in Somerset. One of their projects is the Carers Support Service. This service is for those who regularly look after someone in a caring capacity. The Somerset Carers Service can support carers by offering advice and guidance. Caring for another person is very rewarding, but can be overwhelming and lonely at times.

Somerset Carers Service can help link individuals to groups & events in their area. It also finds facts and information that will help the person that is being cared for with their particular needs.

What are they looking for?
People who are happy to help with practical tasks and are good listeners.

Practical Considerations
Sessions are either weekly or monthly depending on the group you choose to support.

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