Giving young people a voice: QI training for service users and carers


07 December 2018

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As part of our efforts to take people participation in Quality Improvement (QI) to the next level, the Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in Bedfordshire and Luton offered two workshop sessions for young people and carers who wanted to work alongside staff to identify and improve quality issues within healthcare. Find out more about the initiative in this blog by Jamie Stafford, Improvement Advisor, and Niki Scott, Service User Participation Lead, CAMHS Bedfordshire & Luton.

https://qi.elft.nhs.uk/giving-young-people-a-voice-qi-training-for-service-users-and-carers/

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Bedfordshire CAMHS Stakeholder Meeting - 10th December 2018


20 November 2018

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If you are interested in discussing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Bedfordshire or wish to share feedback, then please come along and meet us at our next Stakeholder Forum. The next Forum will take place on Monday 10th December 2018, 1pm to 3pm at the Rufus Centre, Flitwick, MK45 1AH.

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First Edition of The Chameleon - CAMHS Newsletter created by Service Users in Bedfordshire and Luton


19 November 2018

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"Hello everyone and welcome to the very first edition of The Chameleon – the CAMHS newsletter created by Service Users here in Bedfordshire. This month’s edition includes a write up by a Service User called Aliza and her experience of speaking at the ELFT Annual CAMHS conference, a recipe for Vegan banana bread, a poem written by a young person, a staff profile of Niki Scott – the Service User Participation Lead (and the wonderful lady who helps make our group possible!) and much more! We hope you enjoy."

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Aliza's Story


18 July 2018

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One of our amazing young people Aliza recently spoke at ELFT's Annual CAMHS Conference about the impact CAMHS has had on her life. It was a very powerful and moving presentation which reminded staff just how life changing and important the work we do with young people is. It also really showed the power of Service User Participation and the journey young people travel in their time with CAMHS. Thanks so much Aliza for being brave enough to share your story.

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CAMHS COMMANDOS at the Bedford River Festival


17 July 2018

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Bedford CAMHS entered a raft in the bi-annual charity raft race at Bedford River Festival on 15th July.  The team 'CAMHS COMMANDOS' valiantly rowed the length of Bedford's Great River Ouse to raise awareness of Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services.  The team comprised of Bedford CAMHS staff:  Karen Dathorne, Caroline Athill, Marion Needs, Dave Morley, and Emma Harbour.  Due to Helter Skelter injury the sixth member of the team was unable to join in but family member, Doug Payne, stepped in at the last minute.

Team member, Karen Dathorne, reported 'It was a hot day and the river was definitely the best place to be.  We hadn't taken part  before and were not aware that it is a tradition for teams to engage in an egg and flour battle at the starting point so we were completely unprepared!  If there was a prize for enthusiasm I'm sure we would have come first, instead of a spectacular last!'

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