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Southmead NHS staff win national Parliamentary award

In 2019, MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones once again submitted a number of nominations to the annual NHS Awards. All nominees work for North Bristol NHS Trust and are based at Southmead Hospital, the hospital in Darren’s constituency, and were nominated by peers or managers. Darren was delighted to hear one of these nominations was selected as the regional award winner and would be invited to attend the Parliamentary Awards held this week (10th July 2019). It is with great pride that the team went on to win the national award for wellbeing at work. Darren was able to join the team attending and thank them for their efforts.

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate the NHS, identify and highlight innovative and high-quality care across every constituency in England, and thank staff for their dedication, hard work and commitment by recognising and honouring their achievements.

Darren said of the win:

“I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Southmead Hospital on many occasions, so I am delighted to hear my nomination in the Wellbeing at Work category has won the Trust this prestigious NHS Award. The staff and volunteers at North Bristol NHS Trust work hard, and often in very challenging circumstances. Whilst the team’s focus is on caring and supporting their patients, it is right that staff and volunteers have opportunity to focus on their own needs too. The Wellbeing at Work programme ensures staff and volunteers can access support and activities related to a whole range of health and wellbeing topics.  I made this nomination as I was really inspired when I heard the Chief Executive’s strap line to staff was ‘your health is as important as our patients’. That’s right, as ultimately staff who are absent due to illness, feel unsupported or are struggling, aren’t going to be able to provide the best care for their patients and may end up needing NHS care themselves.

I was genuinely impressed with the broad range of needs that had been considered in the programme from caring responsibilities, menopause to flu clinics, setting up health walks and training Mental Health First Aiders. It is accurate to say, the team at North Bristol NHS Trust are leading the way when it comes to Wellbeing at Work. I could not be prouder that the Hospital in my constituency has received this national award – well done to everyone involved”.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.

 

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Watch: Darren demands greater accountability in NHS procurement

For patients, NHS staff and other stakeholders, the arcane procurement process can be completely mystifying. In practice, this means less accountability and not enough certainty about the future of service provision locally and their livelihoods. As Darren argued in a Westminster Hall debate secured by Bristol South MP Karin Smyth this afternoon, the process needs to be made much simpler and more transparent.

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Southmead wins regional award after Darren’s nomination

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones has expressed his delight that a local programme has been named regional champion in a prestigious competition to celebrate excellence in health and care in England.

The NHS Parliamentary Awards, supported by Fuji Film, recognise the massive contribution made by the individuals who work in and alongside the NHS.

Launched in March, the awards asked MPs to find and nominate those individuals or teams they thought have made the biggest improvements to health services across ten categories. Darren submitted six nominations for staff and programmes based at Southmead Hospital, which is sited in the MP’s Bristol North West constituency.

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme was nominated for the new Wellbeing at Work Award by Darren with the MP citing the programme as an inspirational leader in the field of employee wellbeing within the NHS.

Having been named champions by senior regional NHS experts, they will now vie with other regional winners from across England for the national award, to be presented at a special ceremony in the Palace of Westminster in July.

Darren Jones MP said:

“I know that everyone in Bristol will share my delight and pride that North Bristol NHS Trust’s Wellbeing Programme has been named regional champion. I made this nomination as I was really inspired when I heard the Chief Executive’s strap line to staff was ‘your health is as important as our patients’. That’s right, as ultimately staff who are absent due to illness, feel unsupported or are struggling, aren’t going to be able to provide the best care for their patients and may end up needing NHS care themselves.

I was also impressed with the broad range of needs that had been considered in the programme from caring responsibilities, menopause to flu clinics, setting up health walks and training Mental Health First Aiders. It’s fair to say, the programme at North Bristol NHS Trust is leading the way when it comes to wellbeing at work. They are also representing the thousands of staff and volunteers who work day in, day out across our city and region to shape, deliver and support health and care services, and we’ll all be backing them to win the national award in July.”

From more than 500 entries, senior experts in each region have chosen ten outstanding nominations, which exemplify the best of what the NHS and its partners do day in, day out.

All the champions will be invited to the national awards ceremony, which will be held on July 10th.

The ceremony will be hosted by Dr Sara Kayat, NHS GP & TV Doctor best known for This Morning, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls and GPs: Behind Closed Doors. A special performance from the NHS Choir.

The regional champions will now go forward to a final round of judging by a panel including the leaders of Royal Colleges, Carers UK, AGE UK, a member of the NHS Youth Forum and the Patients Association – collectively representing millions of health and care workers and patients.

You can also follow Darren’s work on Health here.

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Darren to join Loneliness Awareness Week events

Bristol North West MP, Darren Jones,  will be joining Marmalade Trust’s Loneliness Awareness Week’s closing party, on Friday 21st June at the Colston Hall.   Darren will also be hosting his own ‘Great Get Together Picnic’ in Horfield on Saturday 22nd June.

Darren said:

“It’s Loneliness Awareness Week and to help celebrate efforts to bring the city together, I’ll be joining the Marmalade Trust‘s closing party at the Colston Hall on Friday.

Loneliness is a common emotion that we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. To help raise awareness, and change the way we think about and acknowledge loneliness, the Marmalade Trust are partnering with Bristol Music Trust and the Colston Hall to host ‘Be Together Bristol; a day of free fun activities, performances and exhibitions on Friday 21st June. I’ll also be hosting my own picnic, on Saturday in Horfield, to help bring our local community together here in North Bristol. I hope you can join one of the events?”

To find out more about the Marmalade Trust’s events please visit: www.marmaladetrust.org/be-together-bristol/

 

 

 

 

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CCG reply – Mental Health Contract

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has now received a reply to his enquiry following the recent awarding of a CCG contract for mental health (psychotherapy services) to Vita Health Services:

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Darren makes Carers Week Pledge

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, has pledged his support to Carers Week 2019.

Darren Jones said:

“Every year, #CarersWeek raises awareness and celebrates the contribution of the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, and spreads the word about support available for those who are caring. This year is the 25th anniversary of Carers Week. I held a carers-themed surgery back in January to ensure I heard from constituents and the issues they are encountering as carers or those who have carers.

The focus of Carers Week this year is ‘Getting Carers Connected’. Everyone has a part to play in connecting carers and helping them to get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others.

This year seven major charities are coming together and will be Getting Carers Connected. They are Carers UKAge UKCarers Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association, @Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Rethink Mental Illness and Sense.

I’ve signed the Carers Week Pledge to do what I can to keep carers connected and reflect on their concerns in my work as your MP.

To find out more about Carers Week and the support available please visit: www.carersweek.org/about-us/about-caring “.

 

 

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Darren backs “Dump the Scales” campaign

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has signed a cross-party letter supporting calls for the NHS to “Dump the scales” when assessing treatment thresholds for people with eating disorders.

Darren said:

“I’ve signed a cross-party letter to the Department of Health and Social Care supporting the ‘Dump the Scales’ campaign. The campaign seeks to improve the support for people with eating disorders, with thresholds not based on BMI but the a person’s needs.

At present, people need to be at a very low BMI before they are referred for support – that means people have to reach a crisis point (anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness) before they can get the help they need – that’s totally unacceptable and must change”.

 

 

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Darren visits Southmead for Alzheimer’s fundraiser

Darren Jones, the MP for Bristol North West, had another busy Saturday (18th May 2019) hosting two Powered By You stalls in Henbury and Southmead followed by a visit to Southmead Fire Station to thank the Alzheimer’s Society fundraisers for their efforts which included a car wash and cake sale.

Darren said:

“Today was another fantastic constituency day. I started off talking local and national issues at my Powered By You Street Stalls in Southmead and Henbury and then hopped back over to Southmead for a fundraiser at the local Fire Station. As a Dementia Champion, it was particularly great to see the efforts the team had gone to to raise both awareness and money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

I’ll be doing Street stalls most Saturday mornings in the coming months, to find out where I’ll be next, please visit my Powered By You page where you can also find out how to download my Powered By You app”.

 

 

 

 

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Darren challenges CCG Mental Health contract

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has responded to constituent concerns about the awarding of a CCG contract for mental health (psychotherapy services) to Vita Health Services.

Darren said:

“I have been contacted by several constituents about the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG’s decision to award a new contract (which was due for re-tendering) for psychological therapy to Vita Health Group.

Constituents have advised they are concerned about:
• The lack of local knowledge of the new provider – we understand they are based in Essex.
• The significant lack of expertise of the new provider in providing mental health/psychotherapy services– we understand they have one similar contract (in Essex) which commenced 1 4 19.
• The high dividends shared by the company’s two directors in 17/18 (in addition to salaries) – particularly, given the other providers who bid for the contract included social enterprises, charities and the local NHS Mental Health Trust who have extensive experience in the local area and do not operate on a private/bonus-based model.

Constituents were clear they felt this decision put the treatment of 20,000 clients (who access services annually), and who have a diverse range of needs at risk.

I have contacted the CCG and asked whether they considered these risks and what mitigation is in place to ensure there is no negative impact on clients or prospective clients”.

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Darren backs Mental Health Week

Darren Jones, MP for Bristol North West, has supported this year’s Mental Health Week.

This year’s theme is body image – how we think and feel about our bodies. New online surveys were conducted by the Mental Health Foundation with YouGov in March 2019 of 4,505 UK adults 18+ and 1,118 GB teenagers (aged 13-19) found:

* One in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image in the last year. 
* Among teenagers, 37% felt upset, and 31% felt ashamed in relation to their body image.
*Just over one third of adults said they had ever felt anxious (34%) or depressed (35%) because of their body image.
* One in eight (13%) adults experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns about their body image.
*Just over one in five adults (21%) said images used in advertising had caused them to worry about their body image.
* Just over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image.

Clearly action is needed to build and promote positive body image and support good mental health and wellbeing in relation to our bodies. Everyone has a right to feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies and Darren backs the Mental Health Foundation‘s recommendations for:

1- Effective regulation of how body image is portrayed.
2- The need for commitment from social media companies to play a key role in promoting body kindness.
3- Taking a public health approach to body image by training frontline health and education staff.
4- Individually being more aware of how we can take care of ourselves and others in relation to body image.

Find out more here.