Comms Group Changes

We’re having a revamp of our Comms Group at Rosewood.

In our regular Monday sessions which run 10:30am-12:30pm, we used to look at reviewing common themes from meetings, Care Opinion posts and writing blog posts. We’re now separating this out into four themes that will roll on a weekly basis (still in the regular Monday morning slot), so expect to see something new on our monthly calendars.

“Information Matters” – a focus on discussion on themes identified within meetings across the Trust. Reviewing information on Care Opinion and the Your Feedback Matters sites to help inform and equip volunteers attending meetings and areas across the Trust.

“Review Panel” – a focus on reviewing literature and processes to make them more Volunteer, Carer or Service-user friendly.

“Create” – a focus on creating new materials for the Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team.

“Blogs and Media” – a focus on writing new blog posts, social media, photographs, videos and vlogs.

If you’re interested in coming along, please speak to Laura –

How Family Work Changed Our Lives. There is always hope. Part 1


During Carers Week we are sharing stories of hope, courage and challenge carers face every day.  Mum and Daughter Ginny and Hannah Slack have a remarkable relationship. Hannah’s physical and mental health have at times impacted on the family and she also hears voices.  Ginny supports Hannah and Hannah supports Ginny.

Ginny commented, ‘first of all and more importantly, Robert, my late husband could not accept Hannah’s diagnosis. Hannah’s siblings could not understand what was going on in Hannah’s head and because one of the voices happened to be the voice of her sister Hannah’s sibling found herself excluded from family life due to the difficulties around this. Naturally she felt rejected.  This voice was negative and it affected everyday life in lots of ways.

As a Mum, I thought I was muddling along quite well until I was put in touch with the Family Interventions Team. This was a turning point. A lady called Andrea Emmens came to see us and I cried.  It was such a release and I needed to do it. When Andrea came into our lives it was a turning point. We can’t tell you how important the Family Intervention Team has been for us. As time on went we also received support via Jo who worked with my late husband Robert. She helped my husband to accept Hannah’s illness. I will never forget them. They were marvellous.  I started to learn how to empathise with my daughter. Community Psychiatric Nurses helped too and Andrea also worked with Hannah and introduced her to Peter Bullimore *to help her live with the voices she hears’.

Our lives have completely changed due to the interventions. Relationships in our family are back to being as close as they ever were and more. We are strengthened as a family. Thank you’.

Look out for part 2 in July 2017  when Ginny and Hannah share their experiences of volunteering and how Carers Support Groups can be a life line.

Family Interventions Team for Adult Mental Health.  

Andrea Emmens – Family Interventions Coordinator, Mental Health Unit, Bassetlaw Hospital, Worksop Notts, S80 0BD

Tel: 01909 502025

Enquiries:   Twitter @Familywork123

Alyson Leeks Family Interventions Co-ordinator (Mon-Wed) Manor Road, Gedling,

Tel: 07824835292

More information -Peter-Bullimore  Peter Bullimore works in a clinical way with people that have mental health difficulties. Peter heard his first voice aged seven. He delivers training to mental health professionals, carers and support workers


Nottinghamshire Healthcare Carers Week Pledge 2017


Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust will work with staff teams to complete year two of the Triangle of Care. In doing so, we will continue to improve how staff support, involve and communicate with unpaid carers.

We will continue to build a carer friendly trust by training more staff in carer awareness and share relevant information with staff to enable them to signpost carers to the information they need via our website and through face to face contact

We will show our carers awareness films to more staff  to highlight some of the challenges they face and promote partnership working with carers and families

We will remember to appreciate and thank unpaid carers more often for their generosity, expertise and the time they give freely to our Trust

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Going Caribbean at Thorneywood

Carl Hope photo

Our volunteer, Carl has been busy at Thorneywood again! He’s been making origami boxes with patients, a student and staff from the LIVE Action Team.


In preparation for a Caribbean themed day on the 23rd June, where they’re planning on cooking mutton, rice and pineapple punch, patients decorated the boxes with graffiti in keeping with the theme.

Volunteer’s Week Event


A big THANK YOU for all who attended our Garden Party on the 2nd of June as well as an equally big THANK YOU to all of those who couldn’t make it but still contribute so much to our organisation.

_20170602_113636We had a flower arranging session to decorate the centre for the day and arrangements were then raffled off with other donated items, raising over £20 for charitable funds.

DSC_0033Wathwood Farm Shop had a pop-up stall with jars of jam, chutney and honey which also raised over £20.

DSC_0020Our “Helping Hands Tree” display was added to with some incredible submissions like: “Feeling that I can make a difference is very rewarding“, “The Involvement team have helped me and my team break down barriers between patients and staff ‘them and us‘” and “Volunteering saved my life! Thank you to all involved. I can’t thank you enough!“.

_20170602_173128Alan, a lucky volunteer, won a £10 voucher in our quiz hosted by Nigel and with the tie-breaker question presented by Joanna – “How much was the monetary value of volunteers to the Trust during May 2017?”

DSC_0036The buffet was supplemented with home baking from Amy and Laura as well as volunteers Ian and Michael.

DSC_0017We had information about Carer’s Week  with Jane speaking to people and taking their stories.

_20170602_131810Our Chief Executive, Ruth Hawkins also came to the event. She took the time to speak to everyone and joined in with the celebrations.

DSC_0054Again, thank you to everyone who came to celebrate our volunteers, the important work they do and the value that they add to our Trust.


P.S. The answer to that tie-breaker question – £47,178.39!!

Today, we’re celebrating and thanking volunteers and carers!

I doubt we need to extol the value of volunteers and carers to most people – we all know that they’re a special breed of person, giving so much of themselves to helping other people, often to their own detriment.


Yesterday was the first day of National Volunteers’ Week (1st-7th June) and National Carers’ Week begins on Monday (12th-18th June) – so today, we’re taking the opportunity  to celebrate the vast and unique contribution both volunteers and carers make to the lives of people who are living with mental health conditions, substance misuse issues, learning disabilities or any enduring health condition.

At our Involvement Centre in Ollerton, we’re holding a Garden Party to thank our incredible volunteers and carers for everything they do. Friday at the centre is usually our volunteer’s busiest working day – planning their volunteering for the next week, catching up on their emails, debating and organising how we can work together to improve services. Today however, they’re banned from doing anything official and encouraged to just relax and enjoy the day!

If you want to read about the amazing and often unseen contribution made by volunteers in health and social care services, The Kings Fund wrote a paper in 2012 which talks about just that. You can download it here: The Kings Fund – Volunteering in health and social care, 2012

We’ll post a blog soon with photos from the day, and we’ll be tweeting from the @InvolveT1 Twitter account today and throughout next week.

Trust Governors

img94joktmu73284My name is Mike and I have been a volunteer at Rosewood Involvement Centre for just over three years now.

Currently, my main role as a Trust volunteer is in my capacity as a Public Governor. I was elected by the Trust membership of Nottinghamshire County at the beginning of 2016 for a three-year term. I sit on the Council of Governors, a body whose role is to gain assurance on behalf of the membership and the public, with regard to the organisation’s performance and with a particular focus on service quality.

Feedback has revealed that, nationwide, people generally do not know about NHS Councils of Governors (all Foundation Trusts have one, as they are a legal requirement). My hope is that this blog posting will help shed light on what role we play.

There are 37 governors on the Council, representing a wide spectrum of geographic areas and demographics. The exact makeup is as follows:

  • 21 Public, Patient and Carer Governors, representing Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire County, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw and the rest of England and Wales.
  • 8 elected Staff Governors.
  • 8 appointed Partner Governors, representing academic, business and charity links which make up the Trust’s network of partners in delivering care.

Being a governor really is what you make of it. There are endless opportunities to get involved; these include site inspections, asking questions about financial, staff and partnership issues. I very much value the opportunity to attend meetings on a wide range of subjects. My particular areas of interest are finance, staff and patient wellbeing, and development of the governor-public relationship.

We have four main Council of Governors meetings a year, in January, April, July and October of each year. These meetings include the Trust Board and Non-Executive Directors. In addition to this, we also have monthly meetings on a range of pre-agreed topics, replacing the former subcommittees which covered areas including Finance, Membership and Quality & Innovation.

By the time of publication, I will have undertaken my first site inspection as a governor, at Wathwood Hospital. I very much look forward to this experience and hope to learn more about the Trust’s work in secure settings.

My weekly visit to Rosewood allows me to feed back to patients, carers and the general public. I would like, however, to expand these opportunities and meet with a wider range of people. I plan to undertake these “governor surgeries” in the near future, and will definitely keep everyone informed!

Further information about the Council of Governors, as well as a list of Governor representatives, can be found here: