Race and mental health talk stirs emotions

Deep emotions were stirred when consultant psychiatrist, Dr Aggrey Burke, addressed a public meeting in Brent on Race and Mental Health on Tuesday 19th April.

Dr Burke, former senior lecturer and consultant psychiatrist at St George’s Hospital, London, was speaking at the Learie Constantine Centre, Willesden, at an event sponsored by Brent Mind and Brent Patient Voice (see earlier post).

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Brent Patient Voice: the story so far

At Brent Patient Voice’s first AGM on 19th April 2016 Interim Chair Robin Sharp CB presented an overview of the Group’s activities since it was founded in November 2014. This is his annual report to members:

“Some members of the disbanded Equality, Diversity and Engagement (EDEN) Committee of the Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), including some Chairs of the Locality Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) and … Continue reading

Spending your money in 2016/2017: what BPV understands

In their main budget meeting on 6th April, open to observers from the public including BPV, Brent CCG Governing Body nodded through the 2016/17 draft budget of £430.4 million (3.05% increase on 2015/16) with a projected underlying surplus of £3.1 million without any challenge or vigorous questions at the meeting about how the budget pie should be divided up between clinical needs. The budget was … Continue reading

Question time at Chaplin Road

BPV representatives attended the Brent CCG Governing Body budget pre-meeting question time for the public on 6th April 2016. We are allowed to submit questions relating to agenda items 48 hours before the meeting. There are usually about 2 to 3 working days to study the papers before we put questions in. This task is not everyone’s idea of fun, but we think someone should … Continue reading

Cardiology Clinic Update at 15th April: patient rep no longer wanted

Brent Patient Voice has been closely monitoring the introduction of the new NHS Brent Community Cardiology Service commissioned by Brent Clinical Commissioning Group and provided by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at Willesden and Wembley Centres for Health and Care.

This is an up-date on our 3 earlier reports.

In September 2015 Brent CCG invited BPV Steering Group member Peter Latham to be … Continue reading

Come to the BPV and Brent Mind Public Meeting!

On Tuesday 19th April Brent Patient Voice will be holding its second public meeting and first AGM. We are delighted that Brent MIND has agreed to co-sponsor this event with us.

The topic will be “Race and Mental Health: are black communities getting a fair deal?” The speaker will be Dr Aggrey Burke, formerly Senior Lecturer and Consultant Psychiatrist at St George’s Hospital, London. There … Continue reading

Thumbs down and thumbs up for BPV

At the Brent Health and Wellbeing Board (H&WB) on 22 March BPV’s application for co-option was rejected. No-one spoke up in our favour and the Leader of the Council said that if we joined it would undermine the role of Healthwatch. Currently the H&WB is made up of members of Brent Council, Brent CCG and Healthwatch. These are statutory members and Healthwatch is a body … Continue reading

Banned ad for “patient safety”?

The online news blog ‘Get West London’ reported the Advertising Standards Authority adjudication condemning as misleading the Brent CCG advertisement and website posting that A&E is only for life threatening emergencies. They included an response from an anonymous source for Brent CCG suggesting that the advertisement had been intended to promote patient safety, and commenting dismissively that there had only been one complaint out of … Continue reading

Transformation or impending disaster? New models of primary care in NW London

We just don’t know the answer to the question in our title, but we need to find out a lot more. After all GPs are our gateway to the NHS and according to the last estimate in 2013 there were some 340 million consultations annually.

It is now clear that there is a top-down national major re-organisation of GP and other primary care NHS health … Continue reading