2015 news archive

Oxleas House film club has won an award

Turn off the lights, open the popcorn and… you’re in Oxleas’ award-winning Film Club.

Published on 17th December 2015

New-look Greenwich children’s services showcased at Woolwich event

Changes to our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Greenwich were showcased at a successful launch event.

Published on 17th December 2015

Exhibition highlights Oxleas’ improvements over the year

Our annual event to showcase our continued improvement attracted its biggest audience yet.

Guests to the fifth Quality Improvement Showcase included staff, service users, their carers, governors and commissioners.

The ...

Published on 9th December 2015

Children help to recruit new nurse

A campaign to recruit a new children’s nurse included input from young people during the interview.

A nurse was needed to work with The Looked After Children (LAC) service ...

Published on 9th December 2015

Wellbeing event a healthy success in Charlton

Guests at our healthcare event this week went home with advice and gadgets to keep them healthy.

They learnt about food swaps, had their BMI measured, were shown how to ...

Published on 7th December 2015

Second trio of awards for Oxleas in November

Oxleas has won another hat trick of awards – at the 2015 Innovation Grants and Recognition Awards.

We recently added three Queen’s Nurses to our ranks and now we also ...

Published on 3rd December 2015

Appointments workshop for learning disability service users

An event held to improve hospital and doctor appointments for people with learning disability was a success.

Around 30 service users came to the event, some with their carers, organised ...

Published on 30th November 2015

Oxleas expert on Channel 4’s Secret Life of Four, Five and Six Year Olds

Ground-breaking television programme The Secret Life of Four Year Olds has a new name and a new expert – from Oxleas.

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, our consultant clinical psychologist from the Oxleas ...

Published on 25th November 2015

HeadScape Lovie award is brought home

Oxleas’ innovative website for young people is now the proud owner of its first European award.

HeadScape was showcased at a prestigious awards ceremony in London after being named as ...

Published on 24th November 2015

Triple celebration for Oxleas’ new Queen’s Nurses

Oxleas has added three more Queen’s Nurses to its ranks.

They were all invited to a ceremony in London to collect their prestigious awards at The Queen’s Nursing ...

Published on 23rd November 2015

This Wednesday: Free health advice, checks and your wellbeing kit

A free health check and wellbeing kit is on offer for Oxleas members who join us at our healthcare event this week.

Service users, their carers and any other members ...

Published on 20th November 2015

Bridgeways Day Hospital temporarily closed for refurbishment

Bridgeways Day Hospital is temporarily closed until late January 2016 as we undertake essential refurbishment works. All services have been moved to Green Parks House until the works have been ...

Published on 2nd November 2015

Jonathan Dimbleby visits Queen Mary’s Hospital cancer centre site

Jonathan Dimbleby was in Sidcup this week visiting the construction site where the new cancer centre will be built.

Published on 28th October 2015

Milliner donates purple hat to help us raise money for The Stroke Association

A hat created exclusively for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust by a top London milliner will be auctioned to raise money for The Stroke Association.

Published on 27th October 2015

Greenwich Time To Talk take part in this year’s World Mental Health Day in Woolwich

Hosted by the Greenwich mental health and wellbeing forum, a number of events and workshops focusing on breaking down stigma were put on in busy General Gordon Square.

Published on 21st October 2015

Flu season is here but our staff are fighting it off

With flu season upon us once again, Oxleas is determined to make 2015/16 the year that it achieves its highest rate of staff seasonal flu vaccinations.

Published on 21st October 2015

Road closure at Queen Mary's Hospital

A section of road has been closed at Queen Mary's Hospital.

Engineers working on pipework on Tuesday (Oct 20th) had to close the road for safety reasons. It's ...

Published on 20th October 2015

HeadScape website wins European award

Our innovative website for young people launched this summer has won its first award and been shortlisted for a second.

HeadScape was entered into the Youth category of The 5th ...

Published on 16th October 2015

Members welcomed to our Annual Members’ Meeting

Over 450 members joined us at the IndigO2 arena last week for our Annual Members' Meeting (AMM). It was the last AMM for our current Chair, Dave Mellish, who retires ...

Published on 8th October 2015

Recruitment selection event for students studying: Mental Health Nursing (BSc)

Apply online for our exciting event on Saturday 14 November 2015

Published on 2nd October 2015

2015 Staff Recognition Award winners announced

The IndigO2 arena was once again the venue for our 2015 Staff Recognition Awards, part of this year's Annual Members' Meeting.

All winners, runners up and commended were warmly ...

Published on 30th September 2015

Eltham Community Hospital officially opens

A decade of community determination and partnership working has been celebrated at the official opening of Eltham Community Hospital.

Published on 25th September 2015

The 2015 Annual Members’ Meeting and Staff Recognition Awards

The invites are in the post, the speakers have been booked and the winners chosen - for this year's Annual Members' Meeting.

This year's event will be held on ...

Published on 11th September 2015

New kit is the goal for Bromley R&Bs

A student social worker on placement with Oxleas has been busy raising money for a local football team.

Abul Hassain is currently on placement with Bromley Assertive Outreach and Rehabilitation ...

Published on 8th September 2015

Reshaping our adult community mental health services

Open information sessions are to take place to explain improvements being made as we reshape adult community mental health services for the future.

Improvements will include forging stronger links between ...

Published on 4th September 2015

CASH is back home in Market Street after make-over

Our busy sexual health clinic run has moved back home after a £2m make-over.

Known as CASH, our Contraception And Sexual Health service moved out of Market Street Health Centre ...

Published on 4th August 2015

Working together to improve safety

An innovative partnership between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and the London Fire Brigade to further protect vulnerable people with mental health issues is already reaping results.

Published on 31st July 2015

Oxleas launches innovative website for young people

A new website for young people to support their mental health and wellbeing was showcased by Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust yesterday (15 July).

HeadScape was launched to healthcare, education and ...

Published on 16th July 2015

We're a top NHS employer!

We’ve been ranked among the top 10 in the HSJ (Health Service Journal) list of 100 best NHS organisations to work for in England.

Oxleas was one of just ...

Published on 9th July 2015

Deadline extended to nominate Oxleas staff for a recognition award

It has come to that time of the year where we are looking for exceptional individuals and teams across our services for our annual Staff Recognition Awards.

Published on 6th July 2015

CASH clinic at Memorial Hospital open as usual today

Our Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic (CASH) at Memorial Hospital, Shooters Hill is open as usual today (6 July).

We closed on Friday, but we are now open today.

Sorry ...

Published on 6th July 2015

Nursing stars of the future recognised

Two of our outstanding mental health nurses have been recognised as Rising Stars by Nursing Times.

Liz Read, a student nurse at the Bracton Centre in Bexley and Stephen Jones ...

Published on 3rd July 2015

Baby group launched in Erith

A brand new baby-friendly initiative which offers health advice and support to new families has taken its first step towards gaining international recognition from a leading children's charity.

Published on 26th June 2015

Juliet Blenman is our Nurse of the Year

Juliet Blenman was today named Nurse of the Year 2015 in front of more than 200 colleagues at our Annual Nursing Conference.

Published on 19th June 2015

Minister gets first-hand chance to see joined-up care

Pioneering work in Greenwich to integrate health and social care was in the spotlight today as Community and Social Care Minister Alistair Burt visited to hear about the way in ...

Published on 4th June 2015

No voice unheard, no right ignored: Have your say

The Government is consulting over how to strengthen the rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues so they can live independently, be included in their community ...

Published on 21st May 2015

Oxleas has partnered with the NSPCC to hold its inaugural ‘Shaping the Future’ conference

Oxleas has partnered with the NSPCC to hold its inaugural ‘Shaping the Future’ conference, about working with children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. 

Published on 2nd April 2015

New number for Central Access Team

From 31 March 2015 the Central Access Team will have a new telephone number:

020 8320 3550

Published on 31st March 2015

HSJ reveals top provider chief executives

In recognition of how leadership can positively affect the performance of NHS organisations, the Health Service Journal (HSJ) has ranked Stephen Firn OBE, our Chief Executive, number 6 in their ...

Published on 25th March 2015

Andy Trotter set to become our new Chair

We are pleased to announce that, following approval by our Council of Governors, Andy Trotter OBE QPM will be our new Chair. Andy is due to take over from Dave ...

Published on 25th March 2015

Self-help website for young people

We have launched a new self-help and referral website for young people struggling to cope with mental health issues.

Published on 18th March 2015

Our staff continue to rate Oxleas as the best

We continue to be a leading trust in the eyes of our staff. The most recent National NHS Staff Survey figures show that our staff are extremely positive about working ...

Published on 17th March 2015

LGBT voices feedback on our services

As far as we know, our recent event to find out what lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) people think about our services was the first of its kind anywhere ...

Published on 12th March 2015

Social inclusion event for Older People's Mental Health service users and carers

Join us at our 2015 Social Inclusion event in Bromley.

Published on 6th March 2015

Joyous awards ceremony at the Bracton

Excelling at the annual Koestler awards has become something of a tradition in our Forensic and Prison Services. This year was no exception and, in addition, the ceremony held at ...

Published on 4th March 2015

Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit – Eltham Community Hospital

The Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit (GICU) move from the Bevan Unit to the new Eltham Community Hospital is progressing well.

The GICU will comprise two wards, Fergusson and Nesbit, functioning ...

Published on 3rd March 2015

Hannah Heavens is our Straight Ally Champion

Hannah Heavens has been chosen as our Straight Ally Champion by the Executive of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.

Hannah became a straight ally after attending ...

Published on 19th February 2015

Finding out about LGBT patient experience

We are holding a consultation event on 6 March to find out what people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) think of our mental health services. 

LGBT Voices ...

Published on 5th February 2015

We support the Hello, my name is... campaign

Staff at Oxleas today joined the Hello, my name is... campaign launched by Dr Kate Granger to remind NHS staff to introduce themselves to patients.

Dr Granger, who has terminal ...

Published on 2nd February 2015

Nina honoured by Queen’s Nursing Institute

One of our nurses has received the notable honour of being made a Queen's Nurse.

Nina Turner, Healthcare Manager at Rochester prison, declared herself to be "in shock" at ...

Published on 22nd January 2015

Members' Focus Groups dates in February

Our Chair Dave Mellish has invited members of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to join him and our governors at this year's Members' Focus Groups.

Come along to find out ...

Published on 16th January 2015

Creative prison art on show

Our first ever public exhibition of art made by prisoners was unveiled recently in Sheerness Gateway, on the Isle of Sheppey.

Featuring paintings and drawings by 17 prisoners from local ...

Published on 9th January 2015

£12.6 million per year prison contract goes to Oxleas

We have won a £12.6m per year contract to provide healthcare services to the Greenwich prisons cluster of Belmarsh, Thameside and Isis.

Published on 9th January 2015

Top RCN nurse to take up placement in our Forensic and Prison Services

A senior member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is to join our healthcare team in Rochester Prison for a 'back to the floor' placement in January 2015.

Published on 1st January 2015