Members’ Bulletin October 2020

World Mental Health Day

10th October is World Mental Health Day

This year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. This year, even more so than ever, the importance of looking after our mental health is clear. We are all aware of the impact of covid-19 on our mental health and wellbeing.

For help, support and information about mental health and the impact of Covid-19 check the Mind Nottinghamshire website

Governor Elections

We will soon be hosting elections for new public governors on the Council of Governors for Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

Governors play a vital role in making sure that the views of the wider community are taken into account in providing and developing our services and ensuring that the Trust is providing the best possible services.

To find out more about the Council of Governors and what the role of a governor entails, please click here.

If you have any questions about being a governor, or would like to speak to one of our existing governors for an informal chat, please email

Revised Nottinghamshire Hospital Visiting Times

Three NHS Trusts (Nottingham University Hospitals, Nottinghamshire Healthcare and Sherwood Forest Hospitals) have published their revised visiting policies and you can see them here;

Nottingham University Hospitals

Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Sherwood Forest  Hospitals

The revised policies are designed to protect patients and staff from infection. There are specific exemptions for patients under the age of 18, for birthing partners and those patients at the end of life.

New Service for ADHD

Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can now receive the targeted support they need thanks to a new service launched this week. Delivered by our Trust, the service was launched on Tuesday 1 September 2020 and will be the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire. It will support referrals for adults with (or suspected of having) ADHD for diagnostic assessment and the right treatment. More information can be found on the Nottinghamshire Healthcare website.

Reducing Health Inequalities in Young People

The Department of Health and Social Care are committed to reducing health inequalities in young people. If you are a new parent and would like to comment on the quality and availability of support please complete the Early Years Review Survey.

NHS People Plan

NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Health Education England have now published the next part of the NHS People Plan. We are the NHS: People Plan for 2020/21 action for us all sets out what our NHS people can expect from leaders and each other.

This is our opportunity to take a huge step forward in creating an equal, inclusive and diverse NHS. Each of us has a part to play in making this a lasting change. The People Plan can be found at  

Let’s Talk Wellbeing

The Let’s Talk – Wellbeing service has produced a short film about the support available for people if their mental health has been affected by coronavirus and the impact of lockdown. It includes details of the

support provided and how to contact the service, as well as useful tips on how to look after your mental health.


Visit the Healthwatch website:

Phone: 0115 956 5313


Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System

The new website can be found at:

Carers Federation Counselling Service

Carers Federation offer a free counselling service to people who care for or support a family member, friend or neighbour. If you are not a carer, you can still access the service for a contribution of £5 -£10 per session.

Counselling can help you understand your feelings and help you make sense of what is going on in your life.

Carers Federation provides the confidential counselling service at their offices in Carrington, Nottingham.

To arrange an initial assessment, call 0115 962 9310

or email

Ask Lion

(Local Information Online Nottingham)

Lion is an online community directory to help you find activities and support.

Find everything you need at your fingertips.

Social Care and Support Guide

Click here to access the guide at the NHS website

Institute of Mental Health

Click here for the latest news and updates from the Institute of Mental Health.

Public Face

Click here for the latest edition of ‘Public Face’, brought to you by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network.

The Carers’ Council – Allies in Mental Health

The Carers’ Council is a charity and offers support across Nottinghamshire to families, friends and carers of those experiencing mental distress by providing:

• Someone to talk to about experiences

• Quarterly Open Meetings with speakers and social activities

• Quarterly Newsletter of events and information

• Outings for members and family

• Promoting a partnership approach – working with NHS healthcare staff, Councils and other organisations

If you would like to find out more contact Geoff Curtis: Tel: 0115 963 1916 or email:

Your Feedback Matters

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is committed to listening and responding to the views and experiences of service users, patients and carers.

We want to hear about your experiences of our services. We want to hear your stories about your care and treatment. We will listen to what you have to say and respond.

If you have used our services and would like to leave your feedback, please go to:

Or you can leave us your story at Care Opinion. Care Opinion is an independent site where you can leave your experiences of health services in the UK, good or bad. Your stories are passed on to the appropriate people to make a difference.

Contact Us

You can contact the Membership Office in the following ways:

Phone: 0115 9691300 or 0800 012 1623




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