Whipps Cross Hospital Community Engagement Action Group

Whipps Cross Hospital has launched a new group to find out what residents want from a redeveloped site. Applications are now open for a small number of local people to join the Community Engagement Action Group, which will help make sure the public can shape the future of the ageing hospital and its surrounding land.
Barts Health NHS Trust and its partners published a vision for the future of the 100-year old site last year and are now embarking on drawing up more detailed plans.
The vision for the site is to secure a multi-million pound redevelopment that would make Whipps Cross a flagship campus offering the best care for generations to come.
Full details including an information pack is available at: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/future-whipps

A press release is available here: https://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/news/whipps-cross-hospital-calls-for-residents-to-help-design-its-future-5061

Job Vacancy

Please find below our job advert for new positions available to support our new project ‘Our Story’.

Redbridge Forum

Job Description

Job Title Sessional worker (Our Story)
Contract March 2019-October 2020.

Pattern of work Flexible hours
Salary Scale £ 10.00 per hour.

Responsible to Project Manager

Responsible for To support the service user engagement of a Heritage Lottery Funded project to look at the history and achievements of Redbridge Forum.
To work supportively within the staff and volunteer team.
To ensure service users with disabilities are able to fully participate in the project.

Base The administration of the project will operate from our office in Ilford Lane. Activities will take place at a number of sites in London Borough Redbridge.

Key Tasks
• To work with safeguarding at the forefront of their mind.
• To be able to use alternative communication aids to communicate with different
• To support disabled people of all ages to work within the project taking in to account their individual needs.
• To be a proactive member of the team throughout the running of sessions, be aware of risk assessments and ensure Health and Safety rules are adhered to at all venues
• To support the organisation of the activities, including monitoring and keeping of statistics and records.
• Work within the policies and procedures of Redbridge Forum.
• To support the training of volunteers.
• To be able to communicate in a positive and professional manner with disabled
people, their families and professionals.
• To be able to work positively both within a team and independently.
• To be willing to attend all training.
• To undertake other duties as requested by the Project Manager and which are commensurate with the post.
• To attend Redbridge Forum staff meetings and training events when deemed appropriate by the Senior Manager.

please contact us for an application and more information about the position.
Closing date for application Monday 25th February 2019.
Interview date 5th March 2019.

Respond to the Patient Transport Experience Survey

Transport for All is looking for evidence from Disabled and older Londoners who use patient transport, following concerns about the eligibility criteria.

Our Advice Line recently received many calls from Disabled and older people being denied patient transport services by the Royal Free Hospital despite having a genuine need for it. In some cases, people have been denied this vital NHS funded transport for their appointments despite previously being eligible in the past.

We are concerned that patients are not being asked the right questions when applying for patient transport and that the phone assessment process is not being carried out fairly. We believe this leads to Disabled and older people being refused access that they are truly in need of and we want to know whether this practice is happening at other hospitals across London.

Take action – respond to our survey

Transport for All is looking for Disabled and older people who have booked, or tried to book, patient transport within London in the last year to complete a short survey about their experience with arranging patient transport.

Does this sound like you? If so we’d like to hear about your experiences, whether you were refused this service or not.

The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. By responding you will help us gain a better understanding of the problem and allow us to gather testimonies to persuade hospitals to improve their patient transport services.

Please do not hesitate to share this survey/information with anyone who may have used patient transport in London in the past year.

The deadline to respond is: 31st August 2018

use this link to respond to the survey online

Thank you very much in advance for your support.

Best wishes,

Josh Lang
Campaigns and Outreach Officer
Transport for All

NHS Redbridge CCG

As you may know from our previous updates, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs are reminding people to have their say in a consultation on community urgent care services.

Community urgent care services provide same day care and advice for people with urgent, but not life threatening, physical and mental health issues. These include our GP out of hours service (GPOOH), our seven GP access hubs and four local walk-in services.

We are asking the public for their views on proposals to change, and improve the way community urgent care services are accessed locally in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.

As part of the consultation we are seeking local feedback on proposals to make more urgent appointments bookable in advance by calling NHS 111, and have two options for changes to where you can walk in and wait without an appointment:
• Option 1: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres, at King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital. Bookable appointments available at eight community urgent care service locations, (including Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

• Option 2: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres, – King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital. Bookable appointments available at ten community urgent care service locations, (including Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

We want to reach as many people as we can. We know many of you are already sharing information about our proposals with your networks, and we’d welcome any help you can give to encourage people to visit our websites or attend any of the remaining drop-in sessions.

Details of the proposed changes, drop-in sessions and a questionnaire for people to have their say can be found on our websites – Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge

All responses must be received by 5pm on 21 August 2018.

Many thanks,

General Data Protection Regulations

Dear Member,

By now you should have had a message from us asking you to confirm you wish to stay on our membership list and you agree to us keeping your details on file. If you do not respond before Friday 25th May your details will be removed and you will receive no further contact from Redbridge Forum.
If you wish to stay on our mailing list email on info@redbridgeforum.co.uk giving us your name, alternatively you can give us a call on
020 8478 7571 to let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Redbridge Forum Team

What’s Coming Up?

You should have all received your invites to our AGM, this Wednesday at our office in Ilford Lane, Please enter by the rear entrance in Fern Way. We will start promptly at 7pm and look to have the business finished by 7.15. Then as normal there will be time for refreshments and chat. If you are a new member this is a good opportunity to meet the team and find out what we have to offer.

Thursday 15th March, 10am. Come and join our Allotment group for our first planting session of the year, we have our potatoes and just need to get them in the ground. The allotment site is at Thornton Road or if you would prefer to meet us at the office just give us a call and we will organise that.

Tuesday 20th March, Is the Learning Disability Partnership Board meeting where the agenda will include a report from the Day Opportunities consultation and the next steps and also a report from the Charging consultation and the next steps. If you have any burning issues you think need to be raised on these issues please do not hesitate to contact Chris before the 20th.

Thursday 22nd March, 7pm. Our parents support group are meeting at the Pie Factory, contact the office and let Tahira know if you would like to go along.

Wednesday 28th March 10am. Meet at the Forum Office to learn/practice your crochet skills with other parent carers. We have spare hooks and yarn if you are a newbie to crochet. It is a small friendly group.

Then its the school holidays but that’s a whole new post. Booking has started but there are still some places left so contact us if you have not already.