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Butterflies Memory Loss Support Group Have Moved

They would be great to see you at their new HQ.

3rd Floor, Stonefield House

16 – 20 King Edward Street

Hull HU1 3SS

(above Yorkshire Linen)

They are holding an open day on Friday 31st May

Drop in anytime between 11 & 3

RSVP butterfliesmlsg@yahoo.co.uk

CQC report on Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission has rated the services provided by Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust as Good.

A team of inspectors visited the trust January and February 2019. They looked specifically at five core services: community health services for adults, acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units, forensic inpatient or secure wards, mental health crisis services and health-based places of safety, and specialist community mental health services for children and young people. They also looked specifically at management and leadership to answer the key question: Is the trust well led?

The latest inspection rated the trust Good overall. Effective, caring, responsive and well-led services were rated Good. Safe was rated Requires Improvement.

You can read the full report online here

Inspectors found the trust had a clear vision and strategy of quality and patient safety, staff were involved well in supporting and helping to direct developments. The senior leadership were committed to improvement and delivering safe care. Staff across the trust were seen to treat patients with dignity and respect and knew how to deliver care in support of their patients’ individual needs.

Some outstanding practice was also reported on. Including the collaboration with the Social Mediation and Self-Help (SMASH) programme, which engaged with various local stakeholders and community services to support young people who are at risk at developing mental health problems.

Community services for adults was rated requires improvement which brought the overall rating of community services down to requires improvement. Inspectors reported on some concerns about the consistency of the management and staff not being regularly appraised in their roles. However, the trust had taken on additional community services since the last inspection and some leaders were relatively new in post.

Inspectors did note that staff in the service cared for patients in a compassionate manner. Patient feedback was positive, and they felt involved in their care and treatment decisions.

You can read the Trust’s response here

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust response to CQC rating

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust has maintained its “Good” rating, with “Outstanding” features, after being inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The health watchdog carried out an inspection of the Trust, which provides a broad range of community and inpatient services to over 800,000 people across Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire.

Inspectors awarded a rating of “Good” to the Trust for being well-led, effective, caring and responsive; and “Outstanding” for their services to support young people who are at risk at developing mental health problems.

The Social Mediation and Self-Help (SMASH) programme is a group-based programme which takes referrals from schools. Working with people aged 10-16 years who may be at risk of developing mental health problems, this project is a unique collaboration between the Trust and the SMASH programme which works with a wide range of partners across health, social care, communities, education, young people and families.

SMASH has received national recognition from Thrive, Royal College of Psychiatrists and Young Minds and was also selected as a finalist in the HSJ Innovation in Mental Health Award in 2018.

Chief Executive Michele Moran said: “To be acknowledged for the hard work we have done to maintain and improve the quality of our services is a wonderful accolade for the Trust, and I would like to thank all of our staff who work tirelessly to deliver the best care possible.

“Together we have worked very hard to act upon feedback from previous inspections to ensure that we are learning and growing consistently in order to deliver high quality services in all of our areas.

“To be recognised as “Outstanding” in some key areas is absolutely fantastic and shows how far we have come.

“We recognise that there is more work to do, but I am confident the quality improvement work we are committed to as a whole organisation will make us as one of the best care providers in the region.”

The latest assessment saw the safety of acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units improve from “Requires improvement” to “Good”, along with mental health crisis services and health-based places of safety improving to “Good” for being safe and well-led.

Additionally, inspectors found the Trust had a clear vision and strategy of quality and patient safety with staff involved well in supporting and helping to direct developments.

Staff across the Trust were also seen to treat patients with dignity and respect in a compassionate manner with it being noted that they knew how to deliver care in support of their patients’ individual needs.

The report also highlighted examples of “outstanding practice” in the areas of patient feedback and engagement, self-harm and suicide prevention work and the redesigning of acute pathways to reduce out of area transfers for acute admissions.

Overall, the report highlighted that patient feedback was positive and they felt involved in their care and treatment decisions.

You can read the full report online here

Paying for bid-writing – a guidance sheet

As a voluntary and community sector membership organisation offering support, advice and information, operating across Yorkshire and the Humber,  we offer funding and governance advice, training, and evaluation support to a wide range of civil society organisations, from residents’ associations to national charities.

Like many similar charities, we want to build the capacity and skills of VCSE organisations to fund their work. This includes providing training sessions on writing good grant applications and tenders, and offering a ‘critical friend’ service to read through applications before they are submitted and give feedback. We also recognise that some organisations choose to pay for grant-writing and tender-writing services, particularly for things like large capital projects.

Using our experience of providing Sector Support services, we have written this guidance sheet for groups that are considering paying an individual or agency to undertake bid-writing on their behalf. You can downoad the guidance as a pdf below

Paying for bid writing – guidance sheet

Interpretation & Translation Services wanted

Humber Community Advice Services (H-CAS) are looking for an organisation which can provide them with interpretation and translation services of various foreign languages, especially Arabic, Farsi, Swahili, etc.

If you can help, please contact Peter Oluotch, Manager, on

Tel: 01482 236460 or 07914 635641 or e-mail  info.hcas@gmail.com

Every Mum Matters perinatal mental health campaign launches

A newly-launched campaign is encouraging new and expectant mums in parts of Yorkshire and the Humber region to look after their mental health.

The Every Mum Matters campaign was launched across Hull and East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire on 29th April, which also marks the start of Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week (29th April–3rd May 2019).

The campaign aims to support new and expectant mums and their families to be able to recognise symptoms of perinatal mental health problems early and encourage them to seek help promptly.

The every mum matters website contains information to help new and expectant mums and their families who may be experiencing perinatal mental health issues, including details of the specialist perinatal mental health services available in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Humber, Coast and Vale Maternity Voices Partnership survey

Deadline 31st May

The Humber, Coast and Vale Maternity Voices Partnership is asking mums-to-be for their views on how information about choices in their pregnancy care is shared with them and their partners (e.g. where they can give birth).

The Maternity Voices Partnership has created a survey to understand the best way to share this information.

The survey, which takes just a few minutes to answer, can be completed here

Hull Truck Theatre champions access for all

Hull Truck Theatre have recently launched a bespoke new access guide for audiences who require additional access support.  The six-page access guide includes information about the building and its facilities, the types of assisted performances offered and information about how best to access the theatre and purchase the appropriate tickets.

The development of this piece of literature is just one of the initiatives that the theatre is working on as they move towards a truly accessible offer to audiences. Hull Truck Theatre’s front of house and box office teams have undergone extensive dementia training to become part of the Dementia Friends programme. They are also part of the Alzheimer’s Society, the Safe Place Scheme supported by Humberside Police, the Breastfeeding Friendly Premises Award Scheme and Talking Tables.

Hull Truck Theatre have teamed up with local accessibility groups, including ‘Elephant in the Room’ to develop a suite of materials that are fit for purpose for those with access needs, including specific show related collateral where appropriate.

Go to their website for more information about access at Hull Truck Theatre 

The access guide is available from the Box Office and also as a pdf download online.

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – less than one month to go

It’s less than one month to go until the Tour de Yorkshire 2019.

The fifth edition of the men’s race will take place between 2nd-5th May. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in 150 villages, towns and cities along the way.

The Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race will take place between 3rd-4th May meaning that for the first time ever, it will be held on a Friday and Saturday.

The full routes for the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire and Tour de Yorkshire Women’s Race can be seen here

Congratulations to Second Thoughts East Yorkshire

‘Second Thoughts East Yorkshire’ (STEY) has been awarded a £9,970 grant from the Big Lottery ‘Community Fund’.

Based in Barmby Moor, STEY’s aim is to promote good mental health for people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull. The charity has no fixed training room, but responding to need, it hires venue across East Yorkshire so that people living in the suburbs and rural areas can access support near their home.

Supporting people with mental health problems and their carers, the charity delivers life skill support workshops including confidence building, assertive communication, anxiety management, skill awareness and effective communication.

The sessions run over 4 weeks for around 3 hours per week and all of the workshops are free to participants. STEY has already run many sets of workshops in Hull, Willerby, Anlaby, Hessle, Beverley, Driffield, Goole, Pocklington, Hornsea and Withernsea and with this grant, from 1st April 2019 they can continue to deliver many more across the county.

A set has started in Beverley, with more arranged to start in Pocklington and Hornsea within the next month.

As well as supporting people managing mental health issues ranging from mild anxiety to depression to more enduring conditions, STEY also works with the carers of people managing their mental health problems and with employers too. Through supporting employers with mental health awareness and advice on effective management in this area, STEY helps employees to retain their jobs and so avoid long periods of absence and subsequent reduction in quality of life.

For more information about STEY go to their website