Members’ Bulletin August 2020

New Adult Mental Health Unit is Named!

The judging panel met to consider over 150 names suggested for the new Adult Mental Health

inpatient hospital. On the panel were two Involvement Volunteers representing service user and carer perspectives, two staff from Millbrook Mental Health Unit, a Healthcare Assistant and Clinical Secretary and John Brewin, Chief Executive. It down to around eight contenders, with one clear winner – Sherwood Oaks.

There was further conversation by the panel as to whether to add hospital, unit or centre. After a short conversation and vote it was clear that, like Hopewood, the panel thought that it should be referred to simply as Sherwood Oaks without any other wording added.

Annual General Meeting/Annual Members’ Meeting

At the end of July our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) took place via Microsoft Teams. More than 300 people tuned in! If you missed it, a recording of the meeting is now available on YouTube. This version also includes a sign language interpreter.

Video Consultation – New website pages now available

Three new web pages about video consultation intended to be used by our patients and carers have been published on the Trust’s public website. You can view the pages here:

There is a page with a quick guide to video consultation, an overview of why a patient might consider a video consultation and the equipment and environment needed. There is also information about setting up for, preparing for and taking part in a consultation and a final page with more detailed FAQs.

The information has been produced in conjunction with the Trust Video Consultation Steering Board, several of our clinicians from across different specialties including AHPs, and the Involvement, Experience and Volunteering Team.

All the words and pictures have been produced with ‘easy read’ in mind, with many of the images and copy kindly supplied by Oxford University, Barts Health NHS Trust and Digital Science, a communications consultancy.

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 along with:

The People Promise and People Promise video

7 – 8 regional stories about our NHS People and positive changes

Messages of support from key stakeholders

Reviewing Crisis Service in Adult Mental Health in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Have you used any of the Trust’s Crisis Teams across Nottinghamshire, if YES we you like you to give us some feedback. It is part of a review of how successful investment has been into the Crisis Services. It’s online and will take about 2mins.

If you have had contact with Crisis Teams over the past two years whether as a service user, carer, friend of someone or as a family member it would be great if you could quickly give us your feedback. The questionnaire can be accessed by following this link:

Patient Safety Consultation

NHS England and Improvement have launched a public consultation on a draft Framework for Involving Patients in Patient Safety. This on-line consultation is open now until Sunday 18 October 2020. To further support this consultation, the East Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative are working with NHS England and Improvement on the delivery of on-line focus groups involving patient safety staff leads, patients and carers. We aim to deliver these in early October.

 Nottinghamshire Carers Virtual Roadshow

Aimed at unpaid carers, these YouTube clips provide information and advice to help carers in their roles. If you would like to share your information, please email


National Healthwatch are encouraging people to share their experience of local NHS and social care services.

To have your day in the 2020 campaign click here

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.

Khushi Self Help Group

For Asian women in Nottingham city with experience of mental health problems.

Offering the chance to meet others in similar situations, share experience, coping strategies and information.

Tuesdays 1pm to 3pm

Contact Self Help UK Nottingham for more information on 0115 911 1661

Social Care and Support Guide

Click here to access the guide at the NHS website

New Carers Quick Guide

A quick guide for carers has been created by Nottinghamshire Healthcare.

It can be found on the Trust website.

Arnold Methodist Church Befriending Group

Providing help and support to people with mental health problems.

This group takes place every Friday from 11am to 2pm

Arnold Methodist Church, Front Street, Arnold NG5 7EL

Black Carers Group for Family, Friends and Supporters

Are you supporting someone with a mental illness?

Do you want someone to talk to who knows what you are going through?

This group meets on the last Thursday of every month 1 – 3pm

Maple Suite, Highbury Hospital, Nottingham NG6 9DR

Nottinghamshire Carers Hub

City and County Carers Support Groups

An opportunity to meet other carers and access information, support and training. Relax and make new friends.

For more information visit the Carers Trust website

Contact Nottinghamshire Carers Hub on 0115 824 8824 or email

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:

Positive Newsletter

Click here to read the latest newsletter from Nottinghamshire Healthcare

Involvement Blog

Read our Involvement Blogs

Twitter: @InvolveNottsHC


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




Twitter: @nottshealthcare @InvolveNottsHC @NottsGovernors

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