April 2019


Welcome to Oxleas Engage, your new membership e-bulletin.


We want to keep you updated about Oxleas and opportunities for you to get involved. You'll still receive our magazine Oxleas Exchange, but Oxleas Engage will keep you up to date with what's happening now.


Through Oxleas Engage, you'll also get to know your governors better and be able to ask them questions.


My team look after our members and our Council of Governors. You can always contact us or call 0300 123 1541 about membership issues including updating your details if you've moved or are now working at Oxleas. If you want to find out more about becoming a governor, please contact me.


Jo Mant, Head of Stakeholder Engagement

email: jo.mant@nhs.net / t: 02038 715617

Twitter: @JoMant2

(l-r Anne Marie Hudson (Governors), Jo Mant, Nikki Sandhu (Membership)

Latest news

Outstanding services



We’re delighted to announce that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has given Oxleas NHS an overall ‘Good’ rating and highlighted some of our services as ‘Outstanding’.


The report, from an inspection carried out between November 2018 and January 2019, found that we were ‘Outstanding for caring’ in our inpatient services and ‘Outstanding for effectiveness’ in our community-based health services for older people.


Click on the image below to hear our Chief Executive Matthew Trainer's thoughts on our latest CQC results.



Read more here, view the full-length film and our CQC inspection report

New prison contract secured for HMP Wandsworth


We’re delighted to announce that we have secured a £12.3m contract to deliver healthcare services at HMP Wandsworth from 1 October 2019.


Read more here.

New Perinatal Mental Health Service



A new specialist community perinatal mental health service has been launched for women in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. Our service offers assessment and treatment for women with complex and severe mental illness during pregnancy and up to a year after child birth.


Read more here.

Governor news

Did you know we have 37 governors representing our members on our Council of Governors? These are members elected from our Public, Service User/Carer and Staff constituencies and we also have Appointed governors representing partnership organisations and our local authorities. Richard Diment is our Lead Governor. He's also an Appointed Governor representing Bexley Council.


Governors are representing you and they want to hear your views about our services and your ideas about how you think Oxleas can do things differently. They can't deal with personal issues about your care at Oxleas, you should talk to our PALS service about that.


You can contact a governor by email oxl-tr.governors@nhs.net


Listening to your views


Bexley Members' Focus Group,14 February 2019


Thank you for supporting our Members' Focus Groups in February. We welcomed more than 130 members and colleagues to the groups, which took place in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich boroughs.


Those who attended were keen to give us feedback on our services and asked some thought provoking questions. They also heard how the NHS Long Term Plan will impact on Oxleas and considered our trust priorities for the coming year.


Read more here.

Get involved

We need your help!


Our membership priorities this year are to:

  • increase members in our service user/carer constituency interest group representing children (and young people)  
  • build the membership for our new service user/carer constituency interest group representing forensic and prisons  

    To join either of these interest groups, people need to be age 14 or over and have used or cared for someone using our services in the last five years. Membership is free. People can join online here.


    We're looking for opportunities to promote our membership to people who may be interested in joining either of these interest groups and we hope you can help us reach out to these communities. If you can help us please do let us know.


    We are currently looking at what we offer local people through our membership. Please click on the link below to let us know what you think. If you have any other suggestions or comments you can leave them at the end of this short survey.


    Click here to take part


    Our Lived Experience Practitioner project



    Our Lived Experience Practitioner project is designed for people with lived experience of mental or physical health or carers who would like to use their experience to benefit others. Our practitioners work as part of a multidisciplinary team, helping service users to access groups and facilitate involvement in activities through using their own lived experience of mental health issues.


    You can watch a short film by clicking on the above image.


    To find out more about our Lived Experience Practitioner project please email oxl-tr.peersupportinfo@nhs.net


    Volunteering at Oxleas


    Our Volunteering Service offers a wide range of opportunities. If you're aged 16 and over you can volunteer in our non-clinical areas and if aged 18 years and over, in our clinical areas.


    All mainstream volunteering opportunities are advertised on our website.


    We also have volunteering opportunities specifically for people who use our services and those who care for them.


    Our Volunteer to Work (V2W) scheme helps service users and their carers to move towards getting back into paid employment through providing a voluntary placement of interest to them. Referral to the scheme is through the service user's care co-ordinator.


    The scheme has a high success rate, with volunteers growing and gaining confidence, learning new skills and getting into or back in the work environment. For some this has led them back into paid employment. Volunteers can apply for Oxleas’ bank work or internal vacancies.


    An example of the scheme's success is Paul, who was doing volunteer driving and is now employed by the trust as a Voluntary Services Assistant Co-ordinator. This shows the scheme is coming full circle.


    To find out more about the wide range of volunteering opportunities at Oxleas call 020 8301 9487 or

    email oxl-tr.volunteeringservices@nhs.net


    Looking after yourself

    Looking after...your back at work

    Rachel has some tips and excercises in the film below, to help you maintain good back health. Just click on the image to play the film.


    Be stress aware

    We all experience stress differently in different situations. Sometimes you might be able to tell right away when you're feeling under stress, but other times you might keep going without recognising the signs.


    Stress can affect you both emotionally and physically, and it can affect the way you behave.


    To find out more about stressbusting and take a look at ten steps to beat stress, please click here.

    Our websites and social media


    To find out more about us and what we do, please visit our websites (below), follow us on Twitter @OxleasNHS and Facebook and check out our YouTube channel.


    Why not check out our websites:

  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust  
  • Bromley Health Visiting Service  
  • Greenwich 0-19 Service  
  • HeadScape Bexley  
  • HeadScape Greenwich  
  • Young Carers  
  • Queen Mary's, Sidcup  

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