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Welcome to the September issue of our e-newsletter Southern Health Update - your regular slice of Southern Health news!

This edition of SHU starts with news of our recent Annual Members' Meeting, with links to view our 'summary of the year' video. And there's lots more in this issue of SHU...
  • Discover why Hugh Bonneville visited NHS staff at Petersfield recently
  • Find out more about the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System's review of community and mental health services - and what this means for our Trust
  • Read about the various awards our teams have been shortlisted for
  • Find out how you can get hold of our latest 'Life Cards' in support of suicide prevention
  • Discover how some of our wards and staff commemorated HM The Queen, after her sad death this month
  • And much more!
Scroll down for all the details. And for more frequent news, in between the bi-monthly SHU, follow our social media accounts (click the icons below).
Better Together
Earlier this month, we hosted our Annual Members Meeting. The theme for the event was ‘better together’ and we were able to share details of a number of successful partnerships we’ve developed with other NHS organisations, local authorities, charities, patient and carer groups and community organisations.
These include the St Denys Activity Group - working with us to raise awareness of mental health in diverse communities and the support services available - and Southampton’s Individual Placement and Support Service (read more about this team later in SHU). 
We also took the opportunity to showcase our ‘video summary annual report’, looking back at the previous year’s activities and successes. You can watch it here:, along with videos of all the presentations from this year's Annual Members' Meeting.
The People in Partnership Commitment

Our People in Partnership Commitment is a document which sets out our commitment to working in partnership with people who use our services, their families, carers and communities. The document is currently in draft form as we are seeking a wide range of views before it is published.

A copy of the commitment is available here. If you have any feedback about it, please email In particular, we would like to hear from you about: whether you think we are focused on the right things; if you think anything important is missing; if you have any other ideas for us to consider; and how easy the document is to read and understand.
Hugh celebrates Petersfield Urgent Treatment Centre's first birthday!

Hugh Bonneville recently visited the Urgent Treatment Centre to commemorate the first anniversary of the centre’s opening. The actor, known for his roles in Downton Abbey and Paddington, joined in the celebrations saying “since opening last year, the UTC has provided a vital service to the local community. Congratulations to everyone for their continued commitment and dedication to the centre, which helps alleviate the pressure on local emergency services.”

The Urgent Treatment Centre is a seven day a week, 365 days a year service, from 8am to 8pm. It sees an average of 80 patients a day with one commenting: “a very quick and efficient service with a smile. Please continue to keep this amazing service going strong. It’s such an important part of the community and gives peace of mind.”

To find out more, visit our website here:
Review of community, mental health & learning disability services

Earlier this year, the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Integrated Care System (ICS) commissioned a review of community, mental health and learning disability services to understand how to best meet the current and future demands of our local population. A full copy of the report is available here.
One of the review’s key recommendations is that a new organisation be formed, to bring together all NHS community, mental health and learning disability services provided in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, to improve consistency of care between these services. We believe the recommendation is the right next steps for our services.
We are now in the process of developing a strategic outline case which will describe in more detail the rationale and benefits of this recommendation and why it is the preferred option to take forward. Following this, we will produce a full business case - with the ambition of delivering the recommendation within the next 18-24 months - which will also be subject to Board approval.
Engagement will be important in informing these documents, and so please look out for further communications as we explore how to take this forward in partnership with our fellow local provider Trusts, our staff, our patients and local communities.

UK's first Exemplary Quality Mark
The Southampton Individual Placement and Support Service (IPS) has become the first IPS team in the country to be awarded an ‘Exemplary’ IPS Quality Mark, after a rigorous two-day external review.
As part of Southampton City Council’s Employment Support Team and working in partnership with Southern Health, this excellent service is available to support people, referred by our community mental health teams, who express an interest in paid employment. The team works alongside mental health professionals to help people to gain sustainable employment, or retain their existing job, with the ultimate aim of assisting with their mental health recovery. 
The service has assisted with more than 340 job outcomes since the service began in 2016, with 2021-22 being the most successful year for job placements so far - with over 89 local people helped into work. Employment has ranged from sales consultants and bakery assistants, to PAs, HGV drivers, kitchen assistants and funeral arrangers!
Felicity received support from the IPS service: “they helped me through different aspects of my employment journey at a time when my mental health was relapsing. The service I received has improved my confidence in both applying for and maintaining work.” 

Southern Health is now planning to launch the service across the rest of Hampshire. Visit our website for more detail: Individual Placement and Support Team (IPS) :: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

News from our Children's Services
Hampshire families celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with picnics
The first week of August saw a multitude of local families coming together to enjoy sunshine and picnics in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.
Throughout the week, Hampshire Healthy Families (a service delivered by our Trust in partnership with Barnardo’s) linked with the Breastfeeding Network to host a number of supportive and fun picnics around Hampshire. The picnics - at Chase Community Hospital, Basingstoke War Memorial Park and Porchester Castle - were free to attend and were a welcome social gathering after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
NHS role ‘on ice’ for Team GB place at World Para Ice Hockey
Helen McGivern, who works in one of our local health visiting teams, had to put her role ‘on ice’ recently whilst she represented Great Britain in the World Para Ice Hockey Women’s World Challenge.
Wheelchair user, Helen flew out to Wisconsin in the USA to compete and her team came fourth overall, having only been formed 10 months prior.

Next, the team are off to Canada in the new year to help spread awareness of para ice hockey, particularly for women, in the hope of creating a paralympic team, as only a men’s team currently exists.
Life Cards: do you know where to go for help?
This month hosted World Suicide Prevention Day and whilst the date (10 September) was naturally overshadowed by the passing of HM The Queen, we were still able to share important messages connected to the annual calendar date – linked to our overarching suicide prevention campaign Do you know where to go for help?’

We shared videos of people with lived experience, created refreshed ‘Life Cards’, hosted a live ‘Suicide – Let’s Talk About It’ panel and, within the Trust, launched new software called ‘R;pple’.

This ‘do you know where to go for help’ campaign was inspired by people with lived experience who told us that, despite having been affected by suicide personally or by losing a loved one, they still wouldn’t know where to go for help if they, or if someone they knew, had suicidal thoughts.

This is why, with the help of over 100 people with lived experience and staff, we have refreshed our Life Cards - the wallet size cards that make sure that people have quick access to life saving organisations, apps and resources that can offer them help and support if they or a loved one are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Life cards are free to order and available for your staff and for the
people you support. To order Life Cards, please email: (with your name, organisation, address, amount required, contact number and email). You can also share the following webpage with people who may be struggling: Help in a crisis :: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

R;pple is an online interceptive tool designed to ensure more support is provided to individuals who conduct searches relating to self-harm or suicide. R;pple provides an immediate message of hope as well as a selection of mental health resources. To find out more visit: R;pple’s website.
Shortlist success!
Collaboration shortlisted for HSJ award
An ongoing project, featuring Southern Health working with the other six NHS organisations across Hampshire, has been shortlisted for a prestigious HSJ Award.
The ‘Hampshire and Isle of Wight People & Organisation Development Collaborative’ has been working collectively for a number of years, with the aim of pooling funding, resources and expertise to benefit the local community. It has now been shortlisted for Provider Collaboration of the Year at the national Health Service Journal Awards.
The collaborative has helped recruit over 1,100 new staff into the area and also delivered one of the most successful international recruitment programmes in England. Additionally, it’s developed an impressive health and wellbeing programme county-wide and overseen a significant reduction in the number of staff who say they have experienced harassment, bullying or abuse at work, ensuring staff are operating in the best environments possible.
“Every Trust is unique but a lot of the problems we face are not. Working collaboratively has been hugely beneficial for us and learning from each other’s successes and failures has enabled us to be successful when we might not have been, had we not been working together.”

Paul Draycott, Chief People Officer, Southern Health
Stalking project shortlisted for award

Our Multi-Agency Stalking Project has been shortlisted for a national award for its work locally to tackle stalking.
The team have been shortlisted in the ‘forensic mental health services’ category at the National Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards. The awards were set up to share and celebrate positive practice in mental health, raising the profile of mental health with politicians and policy makers and encouraging best practice in mental health care.
The Multi-Agency Stalking Project has been operating since 2018, and it is one of only four programmes of its kind dedicated to combating stalking in the UK. The psychology-led team, which also has a psychiatrist - helps people who are experiencing obsessive or fixated thoughts and behaviours about others. It aims to work with people to make positive behavioural changes - improving their psychological wellbeing, their relationships with other people and ultimately reducing the risks of unlawful stalking behaviour and the impact of this on potential victims.
The team works collaboratively alongside Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire & IOW probation teams and Aurora New Dawn (a victim advocacy organisation). Since its inception, the team has received over 615 referrals, conducted over 165 consultations, worked with 69 stalking perpetrators and trained more than 1,400 professionals across the health and criminal justice sectors in stalking awareness.
Media & communications team shortlisted for Communicate award
Our Media and Communications Team has been shortlisted for NHS Communicate’s ‘Internal Communications and Staff Engagement Award’ following the launch earlier this year of our new Staff Portal.
Our old staff intranet was not fit-for-purpose, with staff giving it a score of just 46 out of 100, with staff spending too much time searching for information which should have been easier to find. Today, the new portal delivers a logical site map, fresh design, single sign-on, comprehensive training package and clear communications – and all after extensive staff collaboration, resulting in a huge jump in staff satisfaction and a much more efficient and user-friendly site.
Commemorating Her Majesty Our Queen

Some memories and tributes from our staff...

"I am an Ex Navy Wren and I was on HMS Invincible when the Queen visited us aboard ship for a function. I can honestly say that Her Majesty was the kindest, funniest, loveliest lady I have met and it truly was a honour to fight for her country. The Queen will be missed by millions as she has been the best Monarch and truly did us proud. I was so honoured to have met her and I will always have those memories of her." Stefanie, Lead Care Co-ordinator 

"I was lucky enough to be invited to the Queen’s Garden Party in 2018 which was a wonderful experience. I didn’t meet Her Majesty directly but she did come by in her carriage with (then) Prince Charles. It was such a fantastic experience which I will always remember and I'm so pleased I had this opportunity." Penny, Head of Nursing and Quality

"Your trusted little friend Paddington, complete with his own marmalade sandwich in his case, who sits with me, sends all his fondest love to you as you journey into the sunlight of another day...Goodnight Ma’am, and God bless." Michael North, Public Governor
Charitable feats of endurance!
Community mental health nurse, Ian Douglas recently took on an extraordinary physical challenge in order to raise much-needed funds for a charity called ‘Charlie’s Beach Hut.’ The charity takes children, often from Southampton Hospital, with life limiting illnesses for a final holiday to a beautiful caravan in Cornwall.

Over the course of four days, Ian walked the Solent Way – 60 miles from Milford-on-Sea to Emsworth - with a 40kg tumble dryer on his back! (He chose a tumble dryer because other charity walkers always take a washing machine!)  Ian was able to raise more than £2,500 towards helping families make some beautiful memories with their children and, following this latest charity challenge, he is proud to have been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.
Liz Thomas, a project manager by day and a cold water enthusiast outside of work, has successfully swum from the mainland to the Isle of Wight to raise funds for two worthy charities - the West Wight Sports and Community Centre and The Stroke Association. 

She set off from Hurst Castle around 6:20am recently to complete the ‘Solent Swim’, reaching Colwell Bay on the Isle of Wight around 7.10am , to achieve her goal of raising more than £500.

“I am so proud to say 'I swam to the Isle of Wight'. It was tough, it was a challenge, but I am so thankful to have taken part in such a well organised and brilliant event full of community and team spirit!”
Want to get involved in some charitable endeavours of your own?
(They really don't need to be as energetic as Liz and Ian's efforts!)
If you're interested, reach out to our Trust charity: 
brighterway | Supporting your local NHS
One of the biggest recruiters of international mental health nurses in the NHS
Our Trust values and welcomes colleagues from across the world. Our colleagues joining us from different countries bring a wealth of diverse experiences, which all contribute towards a vibrant, skilled and compassionate workforce.
Did you know? Currently we have recruited: 
  • 82 Mental Health Nurses
  • 3 General Nurses
  • 4 GPs
  • 6 Speciality Doctors
  • 1 OT
  • 1 Physio 
And our plan is to recruit a further: 
  • 94 Mental Health Nurses
  • 14 General Nurses
  • 1 GP
  • 4 Radiographers
  • 1 Physio
  • 28 OTs
Please click here to watch ‘our international staff’ (an ICS video sharing some lovely stories and insights from our overseas colleagues).
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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provide community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services for people across the south of England. Covering Hampshire, we are one of the largest providers of these types of service in the UK. We employ around 6,500 staff who work from over 200 sites serving a population of around 1.7 million people.
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