December 2019

Dear [firstname]


Welcome to the fifth edition of Oxleas Engage. In this edition, find out more about the Our Next Step programme and how you can get involved, how we're improving our communications with GPs in Greenwich and information to help you look after your health.


I wish you all a happy and peaceful festive season.


Jo Mant

Head of Stakeholder Engagement

email: / t: 02038 715617

Twitter: @JoMant2


General membership enquiries: / t: 0300 123 1541

Latest news

Our Next Step


As you will have seen from recent member communications, there are lots of ways you can get involved in helping us shape our new 5 year strategy to help Oxleas provide excellent patient care and be a great place to work for the years ahead.


Click on the image below to view a recent recording of a digital event we streamed involving Matthew, our Chief Executive and colleagues talking about our Our Next Step programme including our first Reflect day.



The current Closer to Home events are drawing to a close. These are a great way for you to participicate, alongside our staff, in focus groups where you'll be given opportunities to share your views on a range of discussion points. There will be further activities in February or March (replacing our usual annual Members' Focus Groups) so if you want to get involved, please do come along.


The remaining date is:

18 December 2019: Magill Room (Ground Floor), Queen Mary's Hospital, Frognal Ave, Sidcup DA14 6LT, 11.30am-1.30pm. To RSVP to this event, click here.


During January and February we will be seeking the views of our service users and carers. We'll be going out to existing service user or carer groups to get feedback for the strategy. To make sure you all get a chance to have your say, we will also be sending you a link to an online survey in January so that we can hear your views. Please do respond if you can - the more feedback we get, the better our strategy will be.

Instant mental health advice supports GPs and reduces referrals


A new web based platform for GPs in Greenwich who need immediate additional mental health support and guidance for patients has already seen some great results. The ConsultantConnect service has been introduced by Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and connects GPs in the borough directly with mental health experts at Oxleas.


Click on the image below to find out more.


Oxleas Athletic, a new football team for people using our services


Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) is pleased to announce it has linked up with a new affiliated team, Oxleas Athletic. Click on the image below to find out more.


Community boxing club featured on BBC Radio Kent


In Your Corner, a community boxing club run by one of our senior occupational therapists, Warren Dunkley, has been featured on BBC Radio Kent's Dominic King Show. The club promotes social engagement, physical and mental wellbeing.


Warren, who works with our Community Mental Health Rehabilitation and Enablement Service in Bromley, was interviewed along with service users during their weekly boxing session in Swanley.


Click on the image below to listen to the interview. You can view the In Your Corner website here.


Look after your health  

Take control of your health and wellbeing



At least 20% of people visit their GP for non-medical reasons. Social prescribing is a way of reducing visits to the doctor and hospital and ensuring that people can take control of their health and wellbeing by accessing appropriate community activities. It treats the whole person, not the illness – not replacing health provision, if people need it, but supplementing it.


Find help in your locality:


Live Well Greenwich supports local residents to live healthier, happier lives for longer.


Community Connect aims to connect you with local services in Bexley which may be able to provide you with information, advice and support.


Bromley Well provides help for you to stay emotionally and physically well and to remain independent.



Get involved

Latest volunteering opportunities


You can find all current Oxleas volunteering opportunities on our jobs page. You can also see all the job vacancies at Oxleas here.

Find help in your community

Click here to find a wide range of voluntary and community groups, charities and local organisations in your local community who may be able to help you.


Spotlight on

In this edition, we're promoting associate members who provide:

  • advice and advocacy  
  • support around Autism (ASD)  
  • bereavement support  
  • support and information for carers  

  • Local Foodbanks

    Greenwich Foodbank

    Bexley Foodbank

    Bromley Foodbank

    Family Information Services  





    Lewisham, Greenwich and Southwark

    Bexley and Dartford

    Bromley and Orpington


    Call 116 123 free from any phone


    Free groups for new/ expectant fathers


    Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind's Being Dad project is offering free, five-week wellbeing groups for new/expectant dads or men with parental responsibilities for babies and young children up to 2 years old in the Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich boroughs. Click here for the Bexley group, here for Greenwich and here for Bromley.


    SMaRT Women at the wheel and in control


    First Step Trust are running courses at their women friendly garages in Woolwich, Crayford and Lambeth, designed for women who want more information and knowledge about their vehicle. The course centers on the MOT, routine, maintenance and safety checks.


    Click on the image below to open the two page flyer and find out more.


    Our websites and social media


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


    Our websites:

    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

    Bromley Health Visiting Service

    Greenwich 0-19 Service

    Headscape Bexley

    HeadScape Greenwich

    Young Carers

    Queen Mary's, Sidcup

    Oxleas' Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)


    Got a problem or need advice about our services? Call PALS on 0800 917 7159 (freephone) or email


    PALS can give you information about our services and the choices available to you, your family, visitors and carers. PALS will listen to your comments, compliments or concerns about our services and help you to resolve any problems you have as quickly as possible. PALS can give you information about our formal complaints process and independent advocacy services

    Don't miss out on Oxleas' news!


    Oxleas Exchange , our membership magazine - view past and present editions here .  

    Oxleas Engage   - view past editions here .  

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