2011 news archive

NVR project comes out tops

An Oxleas project to reduce violence in families was joint winner of the first London Children’s Safeguarding Board Awards.

Published on 8th December 2011

New Oxleas film highlights the importance of early intervention in psychosis

A film has been added to the trust website that breaks new ground for Oxleas. For unlike the 50 plus information films already there, it uses drama to get its ...

Published on 7th December 2011

Greenwich CAMHS part of £32 million government scheme

Oxleas’ Greenwich Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAHMS) is going to be part of a national £32 million investment in psychological therapies, including talking therapies, for children and young ...

Published on 24th November 2011

Oxleas celebrates support workers at annual conference

Approximately 110 support staff, including healthcare assistants (HCAs), nursery nurses, social workers and therapy assistants attended the second annual Oxleas Support Workers Conference at Charlton Athletic Football Club on Friday ...

Published on 23rd November 2011

Parky and the Princess commend Angela at the palace

Angela Clayton-Turner was summoned to a reception at Buckingham Palace recently to receive a William Brooks Volunteer Award for her outstanding contribution to Alzheimer’s Society.

Published on 15th November 2011

Memorial’s market stall

For some months now staff and service users on Hazelwood and Greenwood Units at the Memorial Hospital have been running a monthly market stall on the second Thursday or each ...

Published on 10th November 2011

Why feel a lemon about health problems?

Health issues are not usually associated with hilarity, but all that changed recently at an evening that managed to promote awareness of men’s health while also ensuring that everyone ...

Published on 10th November 2011

Point of care testing transforms Clozapine service

A new service that revolutionises the way that patients who are prescribed the antipsychotic drug Clozapine receive their medication was launched at the Bexleyheath Centre on 9 November.

Published on 9th November 2011

Staff in the pink for fundraising day

Friday 28 October was Wear it Pink Day and people across the trust rose to the occasion in style, donning shocking pink wigs and an imaginative assortment of fuchsia, rose ...

Published on 31st October 2011

Black History Month celebrated

Oxleas marked Black History Month with a celebration for all staff at Memorial Hospital earlier this month. Around 140 staff attended the event, which was organised by the Black and ...

Published on 25th October 2011

Volunteer drivers needed in Bromley

For 18 years a dedicated band of volunteers in Greenwich and Bexley have been driving Oxleas’ patients and carers - who cannot easily make journeys by themselves - to appointments, therapy groups ...

Published on 24th October 2011

Work fair offers hope for employment

Oxleas held its first ever Work and Job Fair for people with experience of mental ill-health in September at the Education Development Centre in Bromley. 

The event, which was coordinated ...

Published on 19th October 2011

Spreading the word about good mental wellbeing

Oxleas staff have been spreading the word about the benefits of good mental health and wellbeing across south east London.

Published on 13th October 2011

Trust response to fatal stabbing in Bexleyheath

Oxleas would like to pass on its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Sally Hodkin. We are shocked, saddened and very sorry that this has happened. We are ...

Published on 12th October 2011

Annual Members' Meeting a big hit

It must have been good this year – because they were dancing in the aisles at Oxleas Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) held at IndigO2 in The O2 Arena in Greenwich for ...

Published on 3rd October 2011

Staff Recognition Awards winners announced

The winners of the 2011 Staff Recognition Awards were officially announced at this year's Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM) on Wednesday 28 September at IndigO2 - part of The O2 in ...

Published on 28th September 2011

Time to get the needle

It’s that time of year again … we are encouraging all Oxleas staff  to get the needle.

The needle in question is of course the annual flu jab supplied free ...

Published on 16th September 2011

Anne comes from caring stock

Anne Voce will bring a wealth of experience as a service user to the newly elected Council of Governors.

Published on 16th September 2011

Direct talker voted onto Council

She’s a one woman dynamo. She’s direct. She says what she thinks. And she’s going to make an immediate impact on the new Oxleas’ Council of Governors.

Published on 14th September 2011

Judy Wolfram is back

Judy Wolfram retired from the trust in April of this year as Service Improvement Lead. Her soft Canadian accent is much missed from the corridors of Oxleas’ Pinewood House headquarters.

Published on 12th September 2011

Shelley’s looking out for older people

Concern for vulnerable older people is what prompted Shelley Ratcliffe to stand as a candidate as a trust governor. She was recently elected as a governor in the Staff Older ...

Published on 9th September 2011

Ken’s desire to enlighten people

Six years ago newly elected Oxleas Governor, Ken Thomas, spent three months on Leyton Ward at the Woodlands Unit at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. He had depression.

Published on 7th September 2011

New staff governor knows what it’s like to be a service user

Scott Hunt has a unique insight into what good mental health care should mean. He explained: “I have been a service user myself so I know how important it is ...

Published on 5th September 2011

CQC gives Bracton Centre a good report

Health service watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published a positive report after its recent inspection of the Bracton Centre. The review concluded the Centre met all essential ...

Published on 1st September 2011

Pope to sit on Council of Governors

A retired engineer, Raymond Pope, wants now to give something back to society and as such will be taking up his position on the trust’s Council of Governors in ...

Published on 1st September 2011

Paul Harding new on the Council of Governors

A former merchant navy deck officer, Paul Harding, 45, has been elected onto the trust’s Council of Governors as one of Bromley’s Public Members.

Published on 30th August 2011

Role of volunteers recognised at tea party

Cakes, sandwiches, scones, teas and coffees were laid out for the 55 volunteers who attended on the Volunteers’ Tea Party at the Memorial Hospital recently.

Published on 17th August 2011

Patient survey will be used to improve services

A survey of over 250 people who use Oxleas’ community mental health services has been published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Published on 9th August 2011

Reigned in but not off

It was hard to believe it was high summer, but the constant rain did nothing to dampen spirits at the recent Bracton Summer Festival.

Published on 5th August 2011

Summer group tackles transition to secondary school

Making the transition from primary to secondary school can be daunting at the best of times, but for children with speech and language impairments or coordination and organisation difficulties, it ...

Published on 29th July 2011

Liz attends screening to support trans youth

Oxleas Family Therapist Liz Day joined colleagues from outside the trust recently at a film night fundraiser organised by community interest company Gendered Intelligence.

Published on 26th July 2011

Sunflowers brighten children’s gardens

The Mayor and Mayoress of Greenwich, Councillors Jim and Janet Gillman, paid a visit to Greenwich Children’s services in Eltham last week to celebrate their ‘Sunflower gardening day’.

Published on 20th July 2011

Who should be rewarded? Nominate now

There are less than two weeks left to make your nomination for the Recognition Awards 2011. The awards celebrate outstanding teams and individuals in Oxleas so if there is someone ...

Published on 18th July 2011

Poomsay’s therapeutic garden

Frankly, the garden at Ivy Willis House in Anerley, Bromley, was never something to write home about … well it is now.

Published on 12th July 2011

Surge in members at summer events

Almost 200 local people have joined the trust in the last two weeks with Oxleas staff, volunteers and governors signing them up at local events. A wide range of our ...

Published on 4th July 2011

Amazing Grace – the dancing queen

She freely admits it … she’s always the first one up on the dance floor and the last one off. Amazing Grace Korley-Quaye is a bit of a dancing queen ...

Published on 30th June 2011

A passion for her work

The communications team has interviewed many people over the years – but none have been more passionate and enthusiastic about their work than Vicky Lambert, Acting Manager of Greenwich Community Health ...

Published on 24th June 2011

Healing wounds the high-tech way

A dedicated Bexley staff nurse is using a new high-tech piece of kit - which should mean that patients’ wounds will heal quicker and more hygienically.

Published on 24th June 2011

Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2011 named

Tissue viability nurse Vikki Rawlins was crowned Oxleas Nurse of the Year at the eighth annual nursing conference at Charlton Athletic’s The Valley on Friday 17 June.

Published on 20th June 2011

Get together for family fun in Greenwich

Thousands of local people will be visiting the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich on Saturday 25 June for Greenwich Council’s 2011 Great Get Together.

Published on 16th June 2011

Ellen gives telehealth the thumbs up

Ellen Lawson admitted she felt a bit nervous at the prospect of taking part in a short film. However, so strongly did she feel about the subject of the film ...

Published on 15th June 2011

Fix that wound with SWOT

It sounds like a rapid response unit in a US TV drama – and in fact Oxleas Greenwich SWOT team does indeed exist to help … patients in the borough of Greenwich.

Published on 10th June 2011

Music therapy service featured in BBC broadcast

BBC Radio 3 sat in on a music therapy session at Wensley Close, Eltham last week.

Published on 6th June 2011

… Talking 'bout the car wash yeah!

It was the talk of trust headquarters Pinewood House today – you can now have your car hand washed in the car park for only £3.50 – about half of what ...

Published on 3rd June 2011

A happy body, mind and soul

Almost 200 people descended on Charlton House in Greenwich on Tuesday 31 May for the opening of the 2011 Happy Soul Festival – a film, culture and arts festival for Black ...

Published on 3rd June 2011

The Valley of good health

300 visitors enjoyed Oxleas third annual Health Festival at The Valley, home of Charlton Athletic Football club.

Published on 27th May 2011

Learning Disability services get an MOT

Services for people with learning disabilities (LD) in Greenwich and Bexley came under scrutiny at meetings held in the boroughs recently.

Published on 19th May 2011

Make your views count

Oxleas Council of Governors elections are taking place in July 2011. Become a member of Oxleas and you can vote for a representative on our Council of Governors, or even ...

Published on 18th May 2011

Trio win Greenwich dignity award

Greenwich Community Health Services staff Cheryl Miller, Christine Condon and Gus Paul recently picked up an award for their work promoting dignity in the Bevan Unit, an intermediate care facility ...

Published on 17th May 2011

Appeal for more Community Health Service members

Oxleas wants to recruit more trust members from the people that use its Community Health Services (CHS) and the local population in general.

Published on 13th May 2011

Free festival exploring wellbeing in Asian and Black communities comes to Greenwich

Happy Soul Festival, a celebration of Asian and Black culture through film, art and music, is coming to Greenwich on 31 May 2011.

Published on 10th May 2011

Horizon House fun runners put best feet forward

Six members of Horizon House put their best feet forward recently when they took part in a five kilometre fun run at Norman Park, Bromley, in a bid to raise ...

Published on 5th May 2011

Innovative Pak’s award honour

Specialist Support Worker in Psychology, Pak Chiu, has been named as a runner up in a prestigious national award scheme.

Published on 5th May 2011

Consultation event is music to service users’ ears

Greenwich mental health service users who attended a consultation event on Wednesday 6 April 2011 at Charlton House found new meaning to Bob Dylan’s song ‘The times they are ...

Published on 11th April 2011

£302 raised at Bracton’s Red Nose Day event

The Bracton Centre’s Red Nose Day event raised a total £302.85 for Comic Relief.

Forensic psychiatric nurse, Gill Kilbane and staff nurse colleague Rich Earl helped collect the ...

Published on 18th March 2011

Atlas House staff enjoy top flight Magpie Dance workshop

Staff from Oxleas’ Atlas House recently attended a workshop run by Bromley based Magpie Dance - an inclusive contemporary dance company that has carved out a national reputation for its exciting ...

Published on 7th March 2011

Buzzing Wellbeing event in Greenwich

Oxleas was at the forefront of the really buzzing Wellbeing Event organised by Greenwich Council on Friday 11 February.

Trust staff presented seminars, manned stalls and generally made themselves useful ...

Published on 11th February 2011

Time to Change

Bexleyheath Centre based Social Inclusion Project Manager, Japleen Kaur, was one of around 50 health professionals to attend a Time to Change regional partnership workshop event in London recently.

Published on 3rd February 2011

Bromley scheme transforms lives as well as green spaces

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for people with mental health needs in Bromley to get involved in horticultural activities including planting, gardening and conservation that can improve mental and physical ...

Published on 3rd February 2011

Members meet staff at Borough Focus Groups

In January trust members were invited to Borough Focus Groups held in each of our three boroughs of Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich.

Published on 31st January 2011

Richard turns new page in gap year project

Oxleas' Director of Finance, Richard Page, recently returned from a five week sabbatical in Malawi during which he undertook a consultancy project with a textile mill run for people with ...

Published on 27th January 2011

Tony's walk longer than the road to Damascus

A quarter of a century ago Tony Russell walked to every professional football club in England and Wales - a  staggering 2,355 miles - to raise money for cancer research. That ...

Published on 27th January 2011

Award-winning service is a life-saver for abuse survivors

The single most important tool of any therapist is empathy, according to Maggie Schaedel, Consultant Lead Adult Psychotherapist with The Bromley Woman’s Service, which provides psychotherapy to survivors of ...

Published on 24th January 2011

Interested in a career as a mental health nurse?

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting an open evening with the University of Greenwich at the Stepping Stones Centre in Bromley on Friday 11 February 2011 between 5pm and ...

Published on 19th January 2011

NVR Conference dates announced

Staff from Oxleas child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) have teamed up with Partnership Projects to organise a conference with international speakers, which will take place on the 7th ...

Published on 19th January 2011

A Carer’s Odyssey

Oxleas Trust Carer Lead, Anna Chan, has been working on a book – A Carer’s Odyssey – which has now been published by Matador.

Published on 7th January 2011

Festive cheer at St Mary's Church Hall

On 15th December, St. Mary's Church Hall was full of Blean Grove staff and Wednesday Club members, cheerily setting up the hall for their annual Christmas party.

Published on 2nd January 2011