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Mind and Health Events

Membership events

We hold events exclusively for our members as part of our "Mind and Health” programme. Please see below this year's programme so far.

To find out more about forthcoming events contact the membership team on 023 8060 8889 or email membership@solent.nhs.uk

Previous events

Falls Prevention - Summary from January's event

Click here to read a summary of the event.
Click here to learn more about the exercises you can do at home which were taught at the event.
Click here to see the full presentation from the event.

 

April - Future of the NHS

More than 65 of our Trust’s members, partners and staff took the chance to find out more about our Trust, and ask their questions at a special event, last Thursday (14 April).
 
Our Chief Executive Sue Harriman, Chief Operating Officer for Portsmouth and Commercial Director, Sarah Austin, Chief Operating Officer for Southampton and the Countywide Care Groups, Alex Whitfield and Chief Nurse Mandy Rayani were able to give attendees a useful insight into our Trust, as well as a brief overview of the NHS nationally and the changes which are happening to our services.
 
You can view slides from the event by clicking here.
 
Most importantly the event gave those present the chance to ask any questions they had about our Trust topics covered included:
Those who attended also had the opportunity to meet representatives of some of our services and partner organisations at a health fair on arrival.
 

July: 'You said, we did' - working together to improve our services

 
Members met represenatives of our Quality and Professional Standards Team who explained how they work together with services and patients to improve our services.

The afternoon was productive with plenty of questions, answers and lively discussion. Attendees included staff, service users, members and partner organisations. Many joined in the debate and expressed a genuine desire to get involved in the work of our Trust and make a difference. Staff and governors agreed to pick up actions from this meeting and we plan to share progress with those who attended later this year. There was a general consensus for everyone to work together more and have more meaningful discussions. As a result we plan to hold another patient experience event. We will keep you posted in future editions of Shine.

The afternoon was productive with plenty of questions, answers and lively discussion. Attendees included staff, service users, members and partner organisations. Many joined in the debate and expressed a genuine desire to get involved in the work of our Trust and make a difference. Staff and governors agreed to pick up actions from this meeting and we plan to share progress with those who attended later this year. There was a general consensus for everyone to work together more and have more meaningful discussions. As a result we plan to hold another patient experience event. We will keep you posted in future editions of Shine.

August : You and your blood pressure

After talking about blood pressure and the risks of having high blood pressure, Pamela Campbell, Nurse Consultant, talked about what we can do to have healthy blood pressure. This included members completing a survey about their individual lifestyles. The key lifestyle changes, which includes having a couple of days a week where you don’t drink alcohol and eating less processed foods which are high in salt. Taking moderate activity for 30 minutes, five times a week is also recommended: it doesn’t necessarily have to be working out at the gym or jogging - brisk walking and gardening will also bring about positive benefits.

Members asked Pamela their questions and some discussed their own experiences, sharing what they are doing to keep their blood pressure in check.

One of Pamela’s key messages was that small lifestyle changes can make big very differences.

September: Health Fair and Annual General Meeting

Members had the opportunity to chat to health professionals at our Health Fair and had a go at activities to find out things they didn’t know about their health. These included walking along a beam to assess their balance and measuring the level of poisonous gas in your breath – a test our Southampton Quitters Service uses to encourage service users to give up smoking.

The formal AGM meeting followed with a review of or the annual report and accounts by representatives of our Executive Team. Members were then given an insight into the work of our Children and Families Multi-Agency Team in a talk by Anne Fleming and Caroline Hooper.

To end the evening, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to ask our Executives on the panel their questions during a Questions and Answers session.