The NHS London Clinical Senate established a Self-Care Programme to run for one year from September 2014. As part of the programme they launched the "Made in London" project, which aimed to create a framework for commissioners on how to provide services to support young adults to self-care. The project worked in partnership with young people and organisations, like the Well Centre, that were supporting young people's health across London. The outputs were a report and video for commissioners, which included an interview by Dr Stephanie Lamb about the work of the Well Centre. You can learn more about the project by watching the video below.
NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) plans and pays for most health services for Lambeth people. They are responsible for making sure that everyone in Lambeth can access high quality NHS services that meet their needs.
For some people it can be difficult to gain easy and appropriate access when they need it to primary care services – GPs, pharmacists, opticians and dentists. Lambeth CCG would like to understand the problems people have in accessing primary care services and we would like to work together with individuals and groups to find ways to improve patient experience.
To help improve services Lambeth CCG is holding a “Primary Care Access Event”, this Tuesday the 19th May in Brixton. The event starts at 6 pm and finishes at 8 pm.
During the event there will be an open discussion about:
If you’re aged over 18yrs old and interested in sharing your views on how to improve services, please contact Andrew Eadie at the Well Centre for more details about the event and to book your place.
Tel: 07714 586296
This year, to change how we have done activities in the past, we consulted with young people and came up with an idea to do a three-day workshop on a specific health topic, rather than having different activities on different days, which often makes it difficult for the young people to establish and build relationship with each other.
Having spoken to young people at the Well Centre, in schools and at the Youth Club, the majority vote was to do a three-day workshop on healthy eating.
This day was split into two, during the morning session one of our GPs talked about why what we eat is so important for our bodies and what happens in our body when we eat the wrong foods! The YouTube clips looking at different foods which had sugar, fat and salt really caught the young people’s attention. The afternoon session was with the Well Centre’s counsellor who talked about food and how it can affects our mood.
We got creative and went out to buy some ingredients to make some healthy meals! Foods included home-made pizza, chicken and sweet & sour sauce made with pineapples and tomato puree. We all enjoyed the food we cooked, with the young people surprised at how quick it was to cook.
This was our Fun Day! We went bowling and had a meal together discussing what they enjoyed from the three days and what they had learned. Many said they would definitely make meals with different ingredients rather than buying it in a bottle - which we feel is a great success!!!
The Well Centre could be seen on BBC News this week in a piece about the launch of the CAMHS Taskforce Report. The piece included a brief interview with one of our clients as well as Dr Stephanie Lamb, who is the Well Centre's Clinical Director.
A copy of the CAMHS Taskforce Report, "Future In Mind" can be downloaded here:
The Well Centre is a one-stop ‘health’ shop that supports 13-20 year olds in Streatham, London. Established in October 2011, it gives young people access to youth workers, counsellors and GPs, all under one roof, so it can cover a range of cases, often without the need to refer on. It also offers a confidential drop-in service three days a week.
The Centre is run jointly by Herne Hill Group GP Practice and charity Redthread Youth Limited, and is now primarily funded by NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group. Young people have been actively involved in developing the facility from the start, from its design and layout, to shaping services through its Youth Panel. The Centre takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, starting with an initial assessment by the GP and youth worker that helps to identify mental health and other medical and social issues early on. Individuals are then quickly signposted to the Centre’s most appropriate service, whether it is counselling and support from the youth workers, attending the Centre’s Voice Collective group for young people who hear voices, or working with a more senior mental health worker seconded from CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Early intervention also helps reduce the long term costs associated with treating mental health conditions.
The Well Centre’s GP’s offer assessment and treatment of a wide range of physical and psychological conditions and the broader team provide advice on sex education, exercise, diet and nutrition, and smoking and alcohol use, that all support young people’s physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Since it opened, just over a 1,000 young people have used the Centre and 30 per cent of those have had mental health conditions. Of those that have visited the facility, 97 per cent said they would recommend it to friends or family, 59 per cent reported an improvement in their ‘life satisfaction’ and 68 per cent reported an improvement when asked ‘how are they doing’.
Background: co-founders of the service are Dr Stephanie Lamb from the Herne Hill Group Practice, London (SE24), and John Poyton Chief Executive of Redthread Youth Limited, London (SE21)
Are you aged 11-21yrs old have a mental health need or worry? If the answer is yes, the Office of the Children's Commissioner are keen to learn where you would normally go to find information, help and advice.
To complete their online survey just click on the link below:
More about this Survey:
Amplify, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s young people’s advisory group, have designed this survey as they want to help improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people across England. The questionnaire has been designed for 11 to 21 year olds and they would like as many young people in England as possible to complete it by Sunday 8 February.
The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and explores where young people go for information, help and advice if they have a mental health need or worry. Personal details are not being collected, individual responses are confidential and the data is held securely.
Amplify’s report from this work will compare what children and young people say with what organisations and service providers say and do. It will make recommendations to the Government, organisations and service providers on where and how children and young people can better access information, help and advice if they have a mental health need or worry.
If you would like any further information about the survey, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Thank you so much for your help gathering the views of children and young people on this important issue.
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The Well Centre has joined up with Voice Collective and will be facilitating a group for young people aged 13-19 years old. The facilitators will be our trained youth workers, Becky and Charlotte. We will also have a volunteer who has had experiences of hearing voices joining us at our sessions.
On the 2nd September, 5-6.30pm we will be holding our launch open session for all young people to come along to so you can get a feel of what the sessions will be about and give us your opinion on what you would like from the sessions too. Feel free to bring a friend or family member along with you for this launch session, if you would like to.
Regular sessions will then continue every first Tuesday of the month. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call Charlotte or Becky on 020 8473 1581.
Throughout the summer we will be running some fun activities for all young people aged 13-20yrs during half term. We have a graffiti workshop, photography workshop, bike riding in Dulwich park, horse riding and first aid to get involved in, so we are sure there is something you will be interested in taking part in!
Spaces are limited so please make sure you get your consent form back to us, ticking which activities you would like to come along to ASAP. We wouldn't like you to miss out on something you want to attend :-)
See poster and consent form for more information or contact us here at the Well Centre. We look forward to seeing you there!
Emotional wellbeing and mental health is everyone’s business. In Lambeth we have good emotional wellbeing and mental health services but NHS Lambeth and LB Lambeth want to hear from you, to get your views on how you think we can make things even better for all.
You can be part of making things better together by completing an online survey. Anyone between 10yrs and 25 yrs is welcome to add their views simply by clicking on the link below:
For more information about getting involved please contact Daniel Taegtmeyer: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Well Centre is supporting Streatham Youth Community Trust and the Care Quality Commission to find out young people's views about mental health services. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspect the health and care services you use. They are inspecting mental health services at St. George’s Mental Health Trust and are particularly keen to hear what young people have to say about these services, but also welcome views on any other mental health service in South West London.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for young people aged 11-25 who are willing to give their views mental health services in South West London to help inspectors get a good idea of how these are working for you.
Ways to share your experiences
The CQC will cover travel expenses for young people taking part and a voucher as a small token to say thank you.
Why is this different?
In the past, CQC has done surprise visits – that has now changed and the CQC now pre-announce where they inspect and when, to get more community feedback, pick up issues and guide their inspection. Your feedback as a local young person will be key to how the inspections are conducted by CQC inspectors.
Feedback will be confidential and participants will have the opportunity to talk to CQC further if they wish to, following the session.
What will you be asked at the focus group?
The sessions are light touch and aimed at getting a youth perspective about how local services run. The feedback will be used to help inspectors ask the right questions when they conduct their visits. Questions will include things like:
Please email email@example.com to sign up, stating your age and where you live.
Other ways to get in touch and have your say!