Annual Members' Meeting a big hit

1. Bromley Music Group got the audience dancing at the AMM 2011
1. Bromley Music Group got the audience dancing with their performance at the AMM

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 the fourth year running.

2. Magpie Dance
2. Magpie Dance's youth group perform at the AMM

It was Bromley Music Group, an ensemble of service users and staff, who got the crowd on their feet as the closed the formal part of the day’s proceedings with a lively version of Bob Marley’s reggae classic ‘Jamming’ and Jingo Ba, a song by Babatunde Olatunji, which features on their first album Pearl.

Also performing for the 450 strong audience was the youth group from Magpie Dance, an inclusive contemporary dance company for people with learning disabilities. In addition to their performance, Magpie Dance had one of the many stalls in the exhibition zone.

3. AMM 2011 Forensic and prisons stall
3. Visitors make origami cranes at one of the interactive stalls at the 2011 Annual Members' Meeting

With interactive stalls on Adult Acute Mental Health Services, Adult Complex Needs and Recovery Mental Health Services, Adult Learning Disability Services, Bexley Community Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Forensic and Prison Services, Greenwich Community Health Services and Older People Mental Health Services, visitors had the opportunity to find out about the breadth of services available in Bexley Bromley and Greenwich, as well as some services offered further afield.  

A new addition to the AMM this year, was the Picture House, an area on the first floor of IndigO2 showing health related films, including the premiere of Oxleas’ new film on early interventions in psychosis, which was followed by a Q&A session with the actor and staff from the Bexley Early Interventions Team.

Height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and blood glucose monitoring checks were available, and there were also stalls providing information to carers, offering details on Oxleas patient experience visits and equality and diversity.

Dr Christine Rivers, Acting Equality and Diversity Adviser, who was running the equality and diversity stall, said: “People have been very interested in equality and human rights and have asked some deep questions, I’ve had some good conversations about sexual identity. It has been a good opportunity to raise awareness on these issues.”

Mrs AH Leng Roger, said she used to be a staff nurse working with older adults at Green Parks House in Bromley. She said: I’m just an ordinary member of the public now but I like to see what changes there have been. I especially wanted to see what services are available where I live in Bexleyheath.

Irene Kandali from Woolwich is a new member. She said she enjoyed the Picture House films earlier in the day. In the past she has worked as an escort for Greenwich Council looking after children and the disabled and takes an active interest in what local health services are up to. She said: “I have friends and family that have mental problems and wanted to come along because I am genuinely interested.”

The chairman of Bexley Pensioners Forum, Terry Murphy, said he found the AMM very useful in his work. He said: “I travel around lots of older peoples’ homes and offer them advice on things like how to get treatment and help. Oxleas AMM is a good place to pick up lots of different information that helps me in my role as chairman of the forum.”

A highlight of the day for many staff, service users and members, was the Staff  Recognition Awards, which highlighted trust employees that have excelled in the last 12 months.

Chief Executive Stephen Firn, whose speech at the AMM marked the 30th anniversary of the day he started his nursing training, touched on how important service user input is in trying to improve the quality of all that Oxleas does.

He said: “The last year has been one of positive improvement.” He added that Oxleas was now in a “better position to improve the quality of care” it offers to patients and that one of the benefits of being an evolving and diverse trust is that staff can “share clinical knowledge across services, integrating physical and mental health services and using resources more efficiently.”

4. Dan McNeil, star of Oxleas film 'Early Interventions in Psychosis', leads a question and answer session follwoing the film's premiere in the Picture House at the AMM
4. Dan McNeil, star of Oxleas film 'Early Interventions in Psychosis', leads a question and answer session following the film's premiere in Oxleas' Picture House

Slideshow from the AMM

Published on 3rd October 2011