Sunday, 1 May 2016

Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director for Manchester CCGs to talk at our AGM

Clinical Commissioning Groups commission a large chunk of our mental health services, and with wide-ranging changes planned to Manchester we are please to welcome Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director, North, Central and South Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, as the speaker for our AGM next week.

The AGM will take place next Wednesday, 11th May, from 6 - 8pm at Manchester Carers Centre, 12-18 Pollard Street, M4 7AN. For directions see below. No need to book - all are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Craig will talk to us about the current planned changes to mental health commissioning in Manchester, and about what motivates him to work in mental health.

After qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2000, Craig worked in clinical practice until 2005. Since leaving full time clinical practice he has served as Executive Nurse for South Manchester CCG and held a variety of Clinical Commissioning posts including Head of Mental Health Joint Commissioning.

Manchester Carers Centre is located in Vulcan Mill, Pollard Street, M4 7AN
For those travelling on public transport the carers centre is directly opposite the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden line). There is free on-street parking outside the centre from 6pm.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Study - protecting against suicidal thoughts in young adults

We are lucky here in Manchester that we have so many researchers interested in furthering understanding of many different mental health conditions, and more effective methods of treatment. We have been sent details of a study by a Masters student at the University of Manchester into factors protecting young people from suicide. The researchers are looking for participants aged between 18-25 to answer a series of online surveys. See the image below for a bit more information and the researchers' contact details.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Our April meeting

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday 13th April starting at 6pm for tea, coffee and biccies, and ending at 7.45pm. If you are travelling by public transport, Manchester Carers Centre *(full address below) is directly across the road from the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden Line). It’s one tram stop from Piccadilly train station. If you are travelling by car, free parking is available on Pollard Street from 6pm. As ever, all are welcome!

Also, advance notice that our AGM will take place on Wednesday 11th May from 6 – 7:45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. We are pleased to be welcoming Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director, Citywide Commissioning & Quality from NHS Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group as our speaker for the evening.

This will be in addition to the formal AGM business. Anyone interested in helping us in a more formal role such as Chair, Treasurer or Group Co-ordinator please get in touch via email.

*Manchester Carers Centre, Vulcan Mill, 12-18 Pollard St, M4 7AN

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Rethink Manchester group March meeting

We are meeting this coming Wednesday 9th March at our usual time of 6 -
7:45pm at Manchester Carers Centre, 12-18 Pollard Street, M4 7AN. For
directions see below.

Our speaker this month is Val Bayliss-Brideaux from Manchester Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs are responsible for making decisions about
health services that are provided across much of Manchester). She is coming
to get our feedback on a new 5-year health and social care plan from
Manchester CCGs and Manchester City Council. You can read a copy of the plan here and Val will be running through it at the meeting. She has
provided a link to a survey which asks for ideas to improve health and
social care outcomes in Manchester - here's the link (feel free to complete
before or after the meeting):

CCGs commission a large chunk of mental health services so this is a good
opportunity for us to emphasise how important it is that service users and
carers are involved in service design and delivery - research has shown
that involving people using mental health services can save up to 7% of

If you would like a paper copy of the plan, please email and these can be posted out to you.

Directions to Manchester Carers Centre
For those travelling on public transport the carers centre is directly
opposite the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden line). There is free
on-street parking outside the centre from 6pm.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

New confidential support group for carers!

Our group is developing our partnership with the Manchester Carers Centre (Carers Trust) to provide a confidential support group for carers. It will be an opportunity for carers to share their experiences in confidence with other carers of those who have a mental or physical illness. A carer can be anyone who cares for or about someone and can be a partner, sibling, family member, friend, colleague, neighbour etc.

We will keep you informed about when this new service will start.

Come along to our AGM on Wednesday 13th May

Come along and find out what our group is about and our vision for the future.

Our guest speaker is Shôn Lewis MD Professor of Adult Psychiatry, Director, Institute of Brain, Behaviour and Mental Health at The University of Manchester.

Patrick Cahoon, Head of Patient Experience at MMHSCT is coming along also, and if time allows will answer questions about the Trust.

We will start at 6pm for tea, coffee and biccies, followed by our AGM, with guest speakers and ending at 8pm.

If you are travelling by public transport, Manchester Carers Centre is directly across the road from the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden Line). It’s one tram stop from Piccadilly train station. Some of us meet at Piccadilly station by the taxi rank at 5.30 and head up together. Text Lindsey on 07757 082 976 so we know to wait for you. If you are travelling by car, free parking is available on Pollard Street from 6pm.

Monday, 9 March 2015

CLAHRC Festival

The aims of the festival is to promote the physical health of people with serious mental disorders. Also, to engage local stakeholders including NHS Trusts, Public Health, mental health charities and 3rd sector organisations.

Our Manchester Rethink Group will be part of the festival activities by creating an art project that represents Hope. The aim is for each person to draw or write something that represents positivity or hope to them (there will be lots of coloured pens, felts, paints etc). At the end of the session we will collate everyone’s contribution and make a collage. We hope this will produce a myriad of words, shapes and colours!

If you are interested in taking part or just coming along, please let me know so we can cater for refreshments etc. The event will take place on: Thursday 18th June 11-1pm at Manchester Carers Centre Vulcan Mill 12-18 Pollard St M4 7AN Tel Lindsey Cree 07757 082976 or email to let us know you are coming!

During the week 15th – 19th June there will be lots of CLAHRC festival activities throughout Manchester. The activities will include: Public lectures Concerts Creative events (crafts and arts etc) Theatre Flash mob dance To receive information about all the festival activities and book your place to attend one (or some) please email Karina Lovell who is organising it