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North East London NHS Foundation Trust Requires Improvement says CQC

England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals has rated North East London NHS Foundation Trust as Requires Improvement. The trust was rated Requires Improvement for being Safe, Effective, Responsive and Well-led. It was rated Good for Caring following the inspection in April.

Care Quality Commission inspectors identified a number of areas where the trust must improve services as a priority. The child and mental health wards at the Brookside unit were a particular concern, says the report, in relation to staffing, restrictive practices, lack of incident reporting and lack of recovery orientated care planning.

Shortly after the inspection, the trust took action to temporarily close the Brookside unit after CQC issued a Warning Notice requiring significant improvements. It is scheduled to reopen this month. 

Inspectors found that risks to mental health patients were not always dealt with properly. The trust had failed to ensure that the risks to patients at risk of suicide from ligature anchor points were identified, and made safe. 

In the community health services there were major staffing shortages and recruitment challenges across all staff groups and localities. There were high caseloads for staff, high use of agency and bank staff, all which had an impact on the delivery of the services.

You can read the report in full at

World Mental Health Day - Next Steps is Recruiting Volunteers

Monday 10 October 2016, 11am to 2.30pm

Come along to Redbridge Central Library to find out more about Next Steps, Free Training for Volunteers including confidence building, public speaking, tackling stigma and discrimination and IT Training

Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1EA
Contact: Charmaine


Volunteering Opportunity at Redbridge Rainbow Community

Redbridge Rainbow Community are currently recruiting volunteers for the Heritage Lottery Funded project - Changing Minds. The volunteers will work alongside the LGBT+ community in Redbridge to create a better understanding of LGBT+ history, and those from our community living with mental health problems.

Volunteers can choose from any of the following tasks:

  • Oral History Training
  • Transcribing
  • Sound Training
  • Assistance with the facilitation and planning of events
To get involved or for more information, please call Judith Garfield at Eastside Community Heritage on or email Matthew Walters at 

Black History Month

Redbridge Libraries have a strong tradition of supporting and celebrating Black History Month and this year is no exception. We have lots going on throughout October, exploring the heritage and history of Redbridge’s African, Caribbean and Diaspora communities.

Our libraries will have displays of books providing information on Black History Month as well as popular fiction related to Black history.

We have events for adults and children as well as exhibitions for all ages.

Find out more about the events and activities on Redbrige i

Tight Modern is coming to Ilford

Tight Modern is the world’s smallest pop-up gallery. It’s an 8ft x 5ft miniature replica of the iconic Tate Modern showcasing the UK’s best marginalised artists, touring galleries and libraries across the UK and is coming to Ilford this Spring.
Tight Modern 2016 is now open for submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists. Tight Modern is tight! Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images.
The competition is open until 30th October 2016.

Tight Modern workshops…
FREE workshops are available in Redbridge Central Library leading up to the tour for those who would like to make a piece of work to submit to the Tight Modern. Workshop leader Nickova Behling is a professional visual artist and founder of
Artahead, providing opportunities for people to engage in visual arts including adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities.
Venue: York Room, Redbridge Central Library, Ilford
Dates: Saturday 8, 15 & 22 October 2016
Time: 1pm-4pm
To book places on the workshop go to:
For information on how to submit to the Tight Modern and details of our fantastic prizes go to:

End of Life Focus Groups

London Borough of Redbridge are currently drafting their revised End of Life plan. To help them with this, they want to better understand people’s experiences. They wish to talk to a range of people who have a terminal illness themselves or have cared/ are caring with someone with a terminal illness. 

As this may be a difficult topic for some people to discuss, they would like to carry out interviews with groups of 2-3 people – these could be groups of people who have not previously met or friendship groups if that makes people feel more comfortable at taking part. The interviews will be confidential and will help shape the information provided to people who are at end of life and their carers/families.

If you are able to help them to reach these groups of people or would like further information, please contact Suzanne Wright, Development and Engagement Manager by email:

Forest Farm Peace Garden - Abundance Day

Sunday 9 October 2016

Start: 12:00
Finish: 17:00

The event is free of charge and family friendly.

Abundance Day this year will feature exciting demonstrations of foraging and fermented food making. London Borough of Redbridge Recycling Team will run ‘Give and Take’ stall with free books, clothes and bric-a-brac. There will be ‘pick your apples and take them home’ activity, introducing the participants to many varieties of apples growing in the garden. Live music will be played by local charity ‘The Redbridge Music Lounge’.

Recycle Ilford, a social enterprise bike recycling project will provide Dr Bike workshop. All attendees are invited to bring their bikes for a free maintenance check and repairs.

Our health and well-being zone will include mini holistic treatments of reflexology, massage and reiki healing.

There will be a range of activities for children such as; natural messy play for under 5s, ‘veggie creatures’ crafts activity and face painting. There will be an organic plants and honey for sale, as well as freshly pressed apple juice. Attendees are invited to sample fresh herbal teas and taste fire cooked soup and range of delicious foods prepared in our outdoors Cob Oven Kitchen by Forest Farm Peace Garden community of volunteers.

Venue: Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault Ilford IG6 2XL

NICE guideline on transition between transition between inpatient mental health settings and community and care home settings

This guideline covers the period before, during and after a person is admitted to, and discharged from, a mental health hospital. It aims to help people who use mental health services, and their families and carers, to have a better experience of transition by improving the way it’s planned and carried out.

Find out more about the guidelines on the NICE website

The Corporate Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Programme 2017/2020

Wednesday 5 October 2016, 5pm to 7pm

Calling all Redbridge-based voluntary and community sector organisations The Council would like to invite voluntary and community sector organisations in Redbridge to apply for Strategic Partner funding to provide services that will improve the quality of life of local residents.

The funding is for organisations that have experience of engaging strategically with the Council and other public bodies to influence policy design, development and delivery of service and can provide a voice and represent the interest of the community they serve by ensuring that all public bodies are informed of the views of service users and local residents.

Find out more here

Work stress? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help.....

We're here to help… It can be difficult having to cope alone and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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