June 2019


Dear [firstname],


Welcome to the second edition of Oxleas Engage, your new membership e-bulletin.


In this edition, you can watch Matthew's quick guide to the NHS Long Term Plan. You can find out about our work to develop an online patient health record portal, our new partnership with the charity WellChild, how we're working with the Police to help train frontline officers through people's lived experience and to help service users with emotionally unstable personality disorder.


You can consider standing in our upcoming governor elections and find out about more opportunities to get involved with Oxleas such as joining our Sounding Board. We also tell you how you can take control of the membership information we hold about you.


Have you received your Summer edition of our membership magazine Oxleas Exchange? If not, you can click here to read.


If you have any comments or suggestions about Oxleas Engage please send them to me.


Jo Mant, Head of Stakeholder Engagement

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

Twitter: @JoMant2


General membership enquiries: oxl-tr.foundationtrust@nhs.net / t: 0300 123 1541

Quick guide to the NHS Long Term Plan


In this short film, Chief Executive, Matthew Trainer explains what the NHS Long Term Plan means to Oxleas and to us all as users of NHS services. Click on the image to view the film.


Latest news

Online patient health record portal project launched


Our Online Health Record Project Board


With input from patients/service users from ResearchNet and clinical staff, work has just started to co-develop and co-produce an online patient health record portal.


This will be a 'patient portal' where, if you’re using our services, you’ll be able to access information about your mental and physical health records and interact with your clinical team. The portal will promote patient choice and engagement, enabling you to be better informed and have a better understanding of, and more control over, your health.

Community WellChild nurse leads the way at Oxleas



Our Community Children’s Nursing Team is leading the way in caring for children with exceptional health needs after forming a partnership with national children’s charity, WellChild.


The partnership has resulted in our first WellChild nurse role and the charity’s first community-based WellChild nurse. This means essential care and practical support can be provided to better plan and co-ordinate a child's transition from hospital to home for those requiring a continuing care package.


It is WellChild’s vision that every child and young people living with serious health needs has the best chance to thrive, properly supported at home with their families.

ResearchNet contributes lived experience to mental health training for police


The Metropolitan Police are training all frontline officers in mental health to better equip them to meet the challenges they face effectively and humanely and have asked Bromley ResearchNet to help.


This innovative approach not only focuses on specific legal powers, but uses direct testimony from people who have experienced mental health crises to support a wider commitment to a trauma informed policing model for London, known as trauma informed practice.


Click here to find out more.

Police and mental health project sees results



A wide range of staff from our Bexley community mental health teams recently met Police officers Sgt Matt Burns from the BCU Mental Health Team and Pat Wise, Partnership officer for Oxleas, to discuss the Serenity Integrated Mentoring (SIM) Project.


The SIM project brings police officers and mental health professionals together to reduce avoidable use of section 136 for service users with emotionally unstable personality disorder.


The aim of the event was to improve the partnership working between police and mental health clinicians in Bexley, and improve the care we can offer service users, through closer working together across agencies.

Governor news

Staff governor Jo Linnane talking to members at our Quality Improvement event last year


Why not think about becoming a governor?

If you are a member in any of these constituencies you can stand to become a governor in our Summer elections. We have the following vacancies:

  • Service user/carer - Children - 2 vacancies  
  • Service user/carer - Greenwich Adult - 1 vacancy  
  • Public - Greenwich - 1 vacancy  
  • Public - Bromley - 1 vacancy  

    Being a governor is voluntary and the minimim requirement is attending the Council of Governors meetings four times a year. There are lots of other ways governors can get involved with the trust if they want to.


    When the election process opens, information will be emailed or posted (depending on your membership preferences) to all members in the above constituencies.


    In the meantime, you can find out more about the governor role here.

    Young people survey results


    Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey. 125 people responded and this is what you told us.


    We're currently discussing the development of a work experience programme for the trust and will keep you updated on our progress.  



    Get involved

    Join our Sounding Board


    You can help us test our ideas by giving your views on new services, projects and plans in your borough.


    If you're interested in participating, please let us know by logging into the new membership portal (information below) or contact the membership team.

    Get onside with our Healthy Goals five-a-side football tournament


    Oxleas’ service users are invited to take part in a trustwide event on:


    Tuesday 18 June 2019

    Meridian Football Ground, Charlton

    10am to 3pm.


    We’re looking to put together 15 teams for the tournament.

    Click here for more information.


    If you're interested in taking part please email

    Kelly.kooner@nhs.net and Hamid.ghazzali@nhs.net

    Dementia Carers at The Stables, Charlton



    Do you care for someone with dementia or know someone who does? Then perhaps Dementia Carers can offer you some support?


    Dementia Carers run a friendly Singing Together session at The Stables where carers can sing along with those they're caring for. There's also a meeting just for carers at St Mary's Community Centre, Eltham offering support and signposting.


    Click here for more information and contact details.

    Look out for Oxleas at London Pride



    If you're going to London Pride this year, please look out for our staff who are participating in the Pride Parade on Saturday, 6 July 2019.

    Latest volunteering opportunities


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

    Take control of your membership information


    Our new member portal enables you to review and update your membership information and preferences online. You can join our Sounding Board by selecting the option in the Involvement section.


    To set-up your account, visit our membership portal.

    Find help in your local community


    Click here to find a wide range of voluntary and community groups, charities and local organisations in your local community.

    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.


    Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

    Bromley Health Visiting Service

    Greenwich 0-19 Service

    HeadScape Bexley

    HeadScape Greenwich

    Young Carers

    Queen Mary's, Sidcup

    Contact us

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


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    You can contact us or call 0300 123 1541 about membership issues.


    If you want to find out more about becoming a governor, please contact Jo.

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