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Patient Engagement Weekly Bulletin – Monday 10th June 2019

Posted on 12th June, 2019 in News

Subject: Vacancy for Operations Manager, The Space

  • 15 to 20 hours per week
  • £25-£30k pro rata, self-employed contract based
  • 12 month contract, with an option to renew depending on funding
  • Probationary period 3 months
  • The position is home based, although the majority of the work is community based within Cheddar and the surrounding area.

We are looking for an operations manager to lead The Space through an exciting period in our development in providing unique, independent and preventive mental and emotional health and wellbeing services to Cheddar and surrounding area. Using our BBC Children in Need support and NHS Somerset CCG guidance, you will become the Voice of The Space, known locally and countywide.

The Space is committed to safeguarding the children and young people we work with. As part of our commitment to safeguarding we apply a safer recruitment process to all of our posts. Appointment to this post will be subject to an up to date, satisfactory and enhanced DBS check with a check against the barred list for children and adults, plus subscription to the DBS on line update service.

We see the position as vital to our community led support for children and young people mental health provision, especially in these times of growing awareness and concern. As the advert says, the person will become the Voice of The Space, known locally and countywide.

Contact us for an application pack by emailing john@pimblott.com Closing date is 23rd June 2019

John Pimblott
0772 356 2125

Subject: Brand New Advocacy Service for Action for M.E.

I work at the specialist CFS/M.E. charity Action For M.E. and my role is to manage our brand new advocacy service which is free to patients who have had a diagnosis of CFS/M.E./PVFS can access (see forms attached). We cover patients living in the Southwest and the Midlands and are able to support people to have their voice heard and their wishes, feelings and needs represented on issues related to health, social care, employment, education, housing and access to other services. We do not provide welfare benefits advocacy. https://www.dropbox.com/s/162f3eo0nqyy16a/Action%20for%20M.E.%20free%20regional%20advocacy%20service.pdf?dl=0


Tori Jones
Advocacy Coordinator
Action for M.E.
42 Temple Street, Keynsham BS31 1EH.
Tel: 0117 937 6644
(If I am not able to pick up your call please leave a message and I will get back to you within 7 working days)

Subject: Consultation on proposed guidance relating to individuals held within prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs) who have been detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment within mental health inpatient services

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a consultation on proposed guidance relating to individuals held within prisons and IRCs who have been detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment within mental health inpatient services.

Whilst the consultation is open to anyone who would like to share their views, the NHS is particularly keen to hear from people who have been detained for assessment and treatment whilst in prison or an IRC, as well as from their families and carers and those organisations working within this area. For more information, visit here.

Subject: Somerset Support Recruitment

We are currently looking to recruit more Somerset Supporters and are organising a recruitment event on Saturday 15th June in Taunton https://www.dropbox.com/s/s5073b5nyqldmge/Recruiting%20now%201.docx?dl=0

Would it be possible for you to share this information within your networks as the more Supporters we can recruit the more families we can help?

Somerset Supporters is a scheme run by Somerset County Council, Children’s Social Care. Its purpose is to provide help and support to children and young people (0-18 years of age) with severe learning and physical difficulties to access and use local facilities. This could mean helping children access youth clubs, go swimming, go to the cinema or to follow an interest or hobby.

Area Link Workers

Fi Hennessey on 07811313001 – Taunton & West Somerset

Tracey Searle on 07919540109 – Sedgemoor

Karrina Rose on 07855 286681 – South Somerset

Chloe Wilkins on 07788350796 – Mendip

Laura White – Short Breaks Development Officer
Somerset County Council
Children’s Social Care, Short Breaks Team
B1 West Smart Office, County Hall, Taunton, TA1 4DY Mobile No. 07557 003951

Subject: Young Person’s Champion Required!

We have an exciting opportunity for a Young Person’s Champion to join the SEND Engagement and Participation Team for 12 months.

The job description and expression of interest form is attached. https://www.dropbox.com/s/bf2cu0bxjdx7lgm/Job%20Details%20YPC%202019.docx?dl=0

Please note that the deadline for expression of interest forms is Friday 28th June 2019 at 5pm. Please share with young people that that you think might be interested and do get in touch if you have any questions.

Engagement and Participation Officer
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
B1 West
County Hall
Taunton TA1 4DY Mobile: 07469 413359

Check out our Facebook page for information, updates and local events! www.facebook.com/sendparticipationteam/

Subject: Somerset’s SEND Customer Satisfaction Survey- have your say!

We would like to hear your views on the support that children and young people with SEND receive in Somerset.

We are asking young people, parent carers and practitioners for their feedback about what is working, or not working across Education, Health and Social Care as a whole.

Somerset County Council has developed this questionnaire with the help of young people, families and practitioners from across the County. We would be grateful if you could spare a little of your time to complete the survey before Friday 19th July 2019 to help us shape and improve the offer in Somerset.

The results from the survey will be used to inform the future development of SEND support in Somerset and we will share the outcomes with you.

You can complete the surveys online:

For children and young people:

For parent carers:

For practitioners:

Alternatively, if you would like to request a paper copy of any of the surveys please contact:-

Jemma Lang
Engagement and Participation Officer
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
B1 West
County Hall
Taunton TA1 4DY
Mobile: 07469 413359
Email: jxlang@somerset.gov.uk

Subject: Frome Community Hospital Summer Fair – Saturday 13 July 2019

Frome Community Hospital are holding their Summer Fair on Saturday 13 July from 11am-3pm at Frome Community Hospital, Enos Way, Frome BA11 2FH. https://www.dropbox.com/s/e1i631y1jdbfsjo/Frome%20Community%20Hospital.png?dl=0

For more information contact Melissa or Stacey on fromeadmin@sompar.nhs.uk or call 01373 454740.

Subject: Somerset Youth Parliament

I’m delighted to forward Somerset Youth Parliament’s recent Press release and Manifesto booklet for this year and next. The three Members of Youth Parliament, Amelia Saleh, Hanna Wittek and Charlotte Ward were elected in December last year at Taunton Library and have already been working very hard on developing, researching and promoting their campaigns. https://www.dropbox.com/s/530k05y9bptinio/MYPs%203.jpg?dl=0

Despite challenging times we have a group of positive, committed young people and the Somerset County Council continue to support local universal youth voice and participation. Young people are rising to the challenges ahead with energy, creativity and enthusiasm. They have an extremely busy term of office and thankfully they are actively supported by three amazing Deputies and an Advisory Group- a diverse group of young people aged 11-18 years.

Please feel free to circulate the Manifesto and get in touch if you would like to know more!


Kate Darlington
Participation Officer – Somerset Youth Parliament
Children’s Commissioning
B1 West
County Hall