Archive for January, 2010

28th January 2010, 1pm – 7pm, at the Deafness Resource Centre

32-40 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, WA10 2QB

There will be:

  • Refreshments
  • Music performance from a special guest!
  • Live music from music-net with the chance for you to get up on stage and join in Karaoke.
  • Break dance performance from the UC Crew and a chance to try out some dance moves for yourself!
  • Singing for your health with ‘Crescendo’
  • The chance to find out what support and services are available to you to help you look after your health and wellbeing
  • The opportunity to help St Helens LINk to improve health and social care services locally.

St Helens Local Involvement Network (LINk) is a new independent network which will give people the chance to share their views and experiences on local health and social care issues and services.

St Helens LINk will:

  • Involve local people in the planning and delivery of services
  • Listen to your ideas for change
  • Take action on what you tell us.

LINk is not an individual complaints service as these already exist, but it is looking at common concerns and issues amongst people which it can then take up as issues to raise with service providers. LINk has also been given special powers including to expect a response from providers after contacting them and entering specific services to see the care provided.


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Our next meeting is on Monday 18th January, 1-3pm, at the United Reformed Church.

This will be our AGM so if you want to stand for election for the management committee, do get in touch.

Our speaker at the meeting will be Fiona Bremner, who will tell us about the launch of the Single Point of Access to mental health services for Halton and St Helens. We have been involved in the planning of this new service and we hope it will make for easier and earlier access to a wide range of services. It was launched on 1st January and will be fully operational in April.

If you are interested in services to improve mental health for everyone in St Helens, you will be made welcome at our meetings.

If you are a member and would like to stand for election to our management committee, please do get in touch. We need all nominations in by 12.45 on 18th January.

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5 Boroughs’ have been piloting the use of Patient Opinion within mental health and now it’s gone national. Their report is here.

They were also included in a programme on Radio 4 about patient feedback (NHS Punters Speak Out) which you can listen to again (for the next week only) here – and part 2 will be broadcast next friday.

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