Sunday, 10 July 2016

New location...and our meeting this week

We'll be meeting this coming Wednesday 13th July at Manchester Carers Centre - usual start time of 6 but with a slightly earlier finish of 7:30. But one thing has changed...Manchester Carers Centre has moved to a beautiful new building, just slightly further up the road. 

Bridge 5 Mill already hosts other third sector organisations and is also Manchester's most sustainable conference venue. It's easy to get to from the city centre being only 5 minutes walk from Holt Town metrolink stop. There is parking on most streets around the Mill. 

Directions for travelling by tram, on foot, by bike, bus and car are all available on the Bridge 5 Mill website. If you were familiar with Manchester Carers Centre's previous location at Vulcan Mill, the new venue is a 10 minute walk further up Pollard Street, then a left turn onto Beswick St: Bridge 5 Mill is then about 1 minute's walk down Beswick St, on your left.

We'll be starting the meeting with a cuppa and a biscuit and hopefully a bit of a nosey round the new building! Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Talk on commissioning in Manchester

Last week, Craig Harris came to talk to us about mental health commissioning in Manchester and his own personal interest in mental health. Craig is Chief Nurse and Director at Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and keeps up his clinical work alongside various commissioning responsibilities, as well as Chairing the local charity Survivors UK. We raised some of the issues that we would like to see tackled as Manchester takes on a devolved health and social care model. Top of the list were greater transparency surrounding which GPs have a special interest in mental health; providing support and guidance for staff in interpreting and applying confidentiality rules; involving carers and service users, in particular using the Carers Trust Triangle of Care model. We also talked about emergency care including support for carers in an emergency, especially for individuals not already under the care of the Trust. Thanks go to Craig for a very down to earth and open discussion. Here's our Chair, Mary, with Craig and Committee Member Lindsey after the meeting. Lindsey always manages to get a laugh out of us!

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.