2012 news archive

Making a drama out of a crisis

Drama helped to get the message across at a recent event which highlighted how the length of stay has been reduced and the experience improved for people with a learning ...

Published on 21st December 2012

Oxleas team showcases work at the Royal College of Physicians

A team from Oxleas has shared its expertise in producing educational videos at a conference attended by healthcare professionals from across the country.

Published on 18th December 2012

‘I can do attitude’ is I CAN approved team’s ethos

Principal Speech and Language Therapist Natalie Zahn is very proud of her team at Mulgrave Early Years Centre in Woolwich. It has again gained coveted accreditation from the I CAN ...

Published on 10th December 2012

Geraldine is Psychiatrist of the Year

One of our most eminent clinicians has been named Psychiatrist of the Year 2012 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Geraldine Strathdee OBE won her award in ...

Published on 16th November 2012

We will remember them

Remembrance Day was marked at Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill, by a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress and Deputy Lieutenant for the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Published on 9th November 2012

Bromley Out and About event was buzzing

Our Older People's Mental Health Service organised an 'Out and About' event in Bromley last week - promoting independence, choice and wellbeing - and it was buzzing.

There was a really ...

Published on 8th November 2012

Our services unaffected by TSA announcement

Following the Trust Special Administrator’s (TSA) announcement on his draft recommendations for health services in south east London, we would like to assure you that all of our services ...

Published on 29th October 2012

Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month was celebrated in style at the Holiday Inn, Bexley on Tuesday 23 October by staff from around the trust.

Published on 26th October 2012

Hidden desires revealed at groundbreaking conference

In a groundbreaking move for the trust this week, we held our first ever national conference aimed at improving experience of services for people with a learning disability (LD) who ...

Published on 19th October 2012

Inspiring dance programme backed by Big Lottery Fund

An inspiring dance programme at our Goldie Leigh site in Abbeywood was given the thumbs up this week by Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of the Big Lottery Fund.

Magpie Dance ...

Published on 17th October 2012

Learning on the MOVE

Greenwich schools involved in the MOVE programme have been awarded plaques in recent weeks. On Monday 1 October we visited a school on the Greenwich Peninsula near the O2 to ...

Published on 12th October 2012

Great result at Out and About event

A fun day of workshops and information stalls were on offer at an Out and About event organised by our Older People's Mental Health Services directorate on 12 October.

Published on 12th October 2012

New Mental Health Liaison Team

A new Mental Health Liaison Team (MHLT) will officially start work in Bromley on Monday 15 October.

The team will provide a mental health liaison service to A&E at ...

Published on 9th October 2012

Stoptober challenge at the Bracton Centre

The Bracton Centre, our medium secure mental health hospital is taking part in a nationwide challenge to stop smoking. Stoptober, as the name suggests, is taking place this month.

Published on 7th October 2012

Celebrating our brightest stars at Annual Members' Meeting

In an Olympic and Paralympic venue, with the games still fresh in people’s minds, we awarded our brightest stars of 2012 with their own gold, silver and bronze medals ...

Published on 27th September 2012

Art of discovery

Don't you just love art? It inspires. It divides. It opens minds. It is used to help people with mental health issues.

Published on 7th September 2012

Peter’s splendid charity effort

Veteran Oxleas volunteer, Peter James, has completed his 11th 125-mile sponsored walk for the Sunrise Greenwich group of Rethink.

Published on 6th September 2012

MP Charles Walker to speak at AMM

An MP who recently spoke out in the House of Commons about his own mental health issues has agreed to address our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM) on Wednesday 26 September ...

Published on 5th September 2012

Allotment open day and all that jazz

An allotment project for service users staged an open day at the plot in Eltham on 29 August. There was a BBQ and some cool jazz from a quartet of ...

Published on 31st August 2012

It's a matter of Life & Deaf at Annual Members' Meeting

It'll be a matter of Life & Deaf at our 2012 Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM).

Published on 30th August 2012

Bracton Centre keeps the Olympic spirit alive

The Olympic feel good factor was kept alive at the Bracton Centre - which last week staged its very own five-day long mini-Olympics.

Published on 19th August 2012

Boost for Greenwich children's services

We will be launching an enhanced Integrated Children's Service in the Royal Borough of Greenwich next month. At the heart of the service will be a dedicated team of ...

Published on 17th August 2012

Oxleas own Olympic heroes

The trust's own Olympic heroes have been giving up their time and skills to make the Olympic Games run smoothly.

Published on 7th August 2012

High-tech way of tracking doctors’ career development

Oxleas has developed a new cutting-edge, high-tech, system to record the knowledge skills and performance of all trust doctors.

Published on 31st July 2012

Oxleas wins baby friendly accolade

Oxleas has become the first in the country to achieve joint UNICEF Stage 3 Baby Friendly accreditation.

Published on 30th July 2012

The ‘Come Dine With Me Challenge’

It was billed as the great ‘Come Dine with Me Challenge' - two teams of cooks in competition to see who could produce the best meal.

Published on 19th July 2012

Summer Festival fun is covered

The whole country has suffered under the unending deluge of summer rain – and today’s annual Summer Festival at the Bracton Centre, our medium secure mental health hospital, was no ...

Published on 11th July 2012

The healing gun

NHS types are not normally that keen on guns – but that’s not always the case at the Manor Brook Medical Centre in Blackheath.

Published on 4th July 2012

Our services unaffected by recent SLHT decision

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that the community health and mental health services that we provide at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Princess Royal University Hospital ...

Published on 26th June 2012

Boosting bones during Falls Awareness Week

Specialist Occupational Therapist, Farnaaz Bux and the Falls Prevention Team, have been busy over last few days marking Falls Awareness Week (FAW), which ends this weekend. 'Boost your bones' is ...

Published on 20th June 2012

Marking National Men’s Health Week

Staff and service users at the Bracton Centre helped to mark National Men’s Health Week (11 - 17 June 2012) with a special day of activities on Wednesday 13 June ...

Published on 13th June 2012

Colourful Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations were marked in style today in two of our mental health services for older people. At the Upton Centre in Bexleyheath a special Jubilee ...

Published on 7th June 2012

Huge crowd descends on Hall Place for health festival

The sunshine brought a record crowd to this year's Health and Wellbeing Festival at Hall Place on Tuesday this week. There was a real buzz amongst the 430 local ...

Published on 24th May 2012

Julia Ives wins Nurse of the Year

Julia Ives has been named Oxleas Nurse of the Year 2012. She also won the Patient Safety award at the trust's Annual Nursing Conference which was attended by staff ...

Published on 11th May 2012

Help identify our brightest stars

The search is on to find the outstanding teams and individuals who have improved quality and patient experience at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. Nominations are open for the Recognition Awards ...

Published on 11th May 2012

New peer support group for young voice hearers

Monday 14 May sees the launch of a new peer support group from Greenwich CAMHS for teens who hear voices or see visions.

Published on 11th May 2012

Patient survey reminder

Earlier this year Oxleas Chief Executive, Stephen Firn and Medical Director, Dr Ify Okocha, wrote to people who have used our mental health services asking them to take part in ...

Published on 3rd May 2012

Moves in Greenwich learning disability services

Greenwich community learning disability team (CLDT) staff have moved into their new home at the borough's flagship Woolwich Centre building.

Published on 27th April 2012

Music therapy service hits the high notes

Oxleas Music Therapy Service has been named as a runner up in the prestigious national 2012 Advancing Healthcare awards.

Special music therapist Alexia Quin and Professional Manager for Music Therapy ...

Published on 19th April 2012

Lottery grant to get Oxleas service users dancing

Magpie Dance, a local charity for people with a learning disability, has been awarded a grant from the Big Lottery Fund through its Supporting Change and Impact funds. In an ...

Published on 12th April 2012

The meaning of life - in 15 minutes

Staff fortunate enough to hear Baroness Neuberger talk at Oxleas’ Getting Older – Living Well conference probably expected a polished talk. What they may not have bargained for was an inspirational ...

Published on 29th March 2012

New role as Chair for Keith is Bliss

Keith Soper is Head of Compliance at Oxleas and recently, outside of work, he has been appointed to the role of Chair of the UK-wide charity for premature babies, Bliss.

Published on 16th March 2012

Critical friend helps Oxleas hear young people's voices

Erin Wright is one of YoungMinds' nine Regional VIK Support Workers and is working with our child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to improve the experience of the young ...

Published on 16th March 2012

Follow us live from the Urgent Care Centre

Oxleas is now on Twitter. Follow @OxleasNHS for the latest trust news, information and guidance. On Monday 19 March we will tweeting all day from the Urgent Care Centre (UCC ...

Published on 15th March 2012

Women celebrate their day in style

Two Oxleas wards came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Wednesday 8 March.

Published on 8th March 2012

Patients take part in video to promote life changing treatment

A group of Oxleas patients were so impressed with the trust’s pulmonary rehabilitation course that they volunteered to take part in a promotional video about it.

Published on 1st March 2012

New trust publication for LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month takes place every year in February and is a celebration of the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. This year the trust has published a new ...

Published on 24th February 2012

Nominations are now invited for the 2012 Nurse of the Year Awards

The Nurse of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate nursing excellence and promotes innovative practice across the trust.

Published on 17th February 2012

Sidcup Baby Café Local launched

On Thursday 2 February, The Sidcup Baby Café Local, was officially launched.

Published on 9th February 2012

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

This week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week and trust staff have been hard at work in the community spreading the word about the importance of regular screening.

The Bromley Community ...

Published on 27th January 2012

Two positive reviews from health service watchdog

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published two reports on services provided by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust: Atlas House, a specialist treatment and assessment unit for adults with learning ...

Published on 25th January 2012

New rostering system enables more efficient care

Healthroster is a software package that is being implemented across Oxleas to help managers effectively roster staff more efficiently to cover service needs and therefore enhance the patient experience.

Published on 20th January 2012

There’s still time to have your views heard at our borough focus groups

Earlier this week we held a focus group in Bromley to get members’ views on what they think trust priorities should be for the year 2012-13 to help develop the ...

Published on 19th January 2012

Awards ceremony highlights Bracton’s Koestler achievement

Last year’s unprecedented success by the Bracton Centre in the annual Koestler Trust Awards were celebrated at a special ceremony recently.

Service users at the Bracton Centre, Oxleas medium ...

Published on 17th January 2012

Minister visits programme to improve care for people with dementia

Minister of State for Care Services Paul Burstow visited Oatleigh & Oatlands Care Village in south east London recently to find out about an innovative programme for staff working with people ...

Published on 13th January 2012

Have your views heard at our borough focus groups

Oxleas’ governors want to hear members' views on what they think trust priorities should be for the year 2012-13 to help develop the Annual Plan.

Published on 9th January 2012