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Young Carers in Schools

Join other schools on Thursday 20th October 2016 at a free Young Carers in Schools event and gain support to increase outcomes and gain a national Award.   As many as 1 in 12 pupils could be young carers, a vulnerable pupil group specifically mentioned in the Ofsted Common Inspection Handbook, 2015. Don’t miss out on this essential free professional development event to increase identification, improve outcomes for young carers, and gain support to achieve a national Award for your school’s good practice.   Young Carers in Schools Young Carers in School is an exciting England-wide initiative that makes it
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Public Meeting: Planned care, Improving elective orthopaedics

  The NHS in south east London is trying to achieve improvements in these services for non-emergency patients who have their care planned in advance. This includes routine procedures such as hip and knee joint replacements and also some specialist procedures. Patients in south east London currently have elective inpatient orthopaedic surgery (planned in advance) at seven hospital sites: Guy’s; King’s; Princess Royal; Orpington; Lewisham; Queen Elizabeth; and includes a small number of procedures at Darent Valley Hospital, in Kent. The Proposal: NHS is considering developing a clinical network that will ensure standards are consistently excellent across south east London and
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Proposed changes to NHS planned orthopaedic surgery

The local NHS is considering changes to non-emergency inpatient orthopaedic surgery in south east London. Full information, including a Q&A, is online at www.ourhealthiersel.nhs.uk/orthopaedics.htm What is orthopaedic care? Orthopaedic care treats injuries or conditions involving the musculoskeletal system (bones, joints etc). You may be referred to an orthopaedic consultant for things like the treatment of bone fractures or a long term condition that’s developed over many years. Patients from south east London currently have elective inpatient orthopaedic surgery (planned in advance) at seven hospital sites, which includes a small number of procedures at Darent Valley Hospital, in Kent: Guy’s Hospital
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Information on local public consultations

Lewisham Council is consulting with local people on its plans to make financial savings from health visiting, school nursing services and sexual health services. Have your say, find out more and respond to the public consultations by following the links below: Services for children and young people This consultation ends on 14 August 2016.  Please click on this link for more information and to respond to the consultation: https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/public/cyp_public_health_savings_consultation   Staying Healthy and Sexual Health services This public consultation closes on 21 August 2016.  Please click on this link for more information and to respond to the consultation:  https://lewisham-consult.objective.co.uk/public/community_services/jc/public_health_consultation
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New Health App for young people in London

NHS Go, a health website and app aimed at 16-26 year olds, was launched last month after young Londoners said they wanted better and easier access to health and wellbeing information. Using NHS Go they can now search for local health services and information on health and wellbeing, including mental health, sex and relationships, healthy eating and puberty. Young people were involved in all stages of development and it is being promoted via social media by some of London’s best known young YouTube vloggers. Visit www.nhsgo.uk to use the mobile site or download the app from the Apple store, Google Play.  
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Britain’s Best Breakfast, Help For Carers

Britain’s Best Breakfast is a fundraising initiative set up by Carers Trust to help the UK’s 7 million unpaid carers. 3 out of 5 of us will provide unpaid care for someone in our lifetime, probably for someone close to us. We want to make life a little bit easier for those dedicating their lives to caring for their loved ones. But… We Need Your Help!! By holding a Britain’s Best Breakfast event, you can help raise awareness and much-needed funds for the UK’s unpaid carers. So whether it’s at home, at school or in the office, we want you
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UCAS form to identify student carers

Student carers will be given the option to identify themselves on their university application form in the future, following a campaign to get them better support while studying.   Since 2014 Carers Trust has been asking for a tick box which would prompt young adult carers to identify themselves. In February, student carer Carol Hayward, 21, started a campaign calling for this change to the UCAS form so that universities could easily find out whether applicants would be studying as well as caring unpaid, for someone with an illness, disability, mental health problem or an addiction. Carers Trust backed the
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Young Carers meet the Minister of State for Communities and Social Care

On Monday 4th of July, a group of six young carers aged 14-18, from Lewisham and Sutton Carers Centres, attended a roundtable meeting with Alistair Burt, the Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and Lead Minister for Carers across Government.   The meeting took place at his office at the Department of Health, in Whitehall. Alistair Burt is responsible for the Government’s new Carers Strategy which includes their plan to improve support for carers.   During the meeting, the Minister heard directly from young carers and young adult carers about the issues and concerns that matter to them as individuals.  
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Who cares for the carers?

An interesting article on “NewStatesment” tries to understand the level of local and national support available for carers and their perception of it. “Many carers have to battle to get the support they need for the person they care for, and for themselves”, they should not have to do this. They should be supported locally and nationally in their caring role”. Click here to read the whole article.
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A New Help for Dementia

Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you: find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia To find out more: http://dementiacitizens.org/    
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