Lambeth living well network
The Living Well Network Hub sits at the centre of the network and we want people to be able to access it when needed.
The Hub is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
The Hub has the following organisations working in it:
- South London and Maudsley Foundation NHS Trust
- Look Ahead
- Thames Reach
- Clapham Family Practice
- Lambeth Council.
They all provide staff to work together to offer their skills to co-ordinate different aspects of the Network. The Hub does lots of work in your local community.
The Living Well Network Hub is often called the ‘front door to mental health services’. This is because if you are having a ‘wobbly’ day or you aren’t feeling well and are worried about your mental health and wellbeing, you can contact the Hub and introduce yourself. The staff will talk to you over the phone and ask you what is troubling you, what skills and strategies you employ that normally keep you well and what you think you need to get back to having a ‘good life’. This is usually done in person or over the phone.
Once you have spoken to a member of staff you can both make a plan of what to do next. This may be working with someone in the Hub for some additional support, or it may be referring you onto one of the services in the network. This may be medication or psychological treatment or it may be recommending a group or activity or a book that has techniques to help you. It may be offering advice or practical support to you about something do to with your housing or recommending you go to a specialist benefits advisor. The staff at the Hub will work with you and the people you already have in your network to support you.
Anyone can introduce themselves or someone they are worried about, however, it is useful to understand that if you are worried about someone else we will need you to tell that person you are speaking to us in the Hub. The Hub is part of ‘primary’ care, which means they try and work closely with your GP and your GP will become a part of your network, especially if you need medication.
There are lots of organisations working in the Hub and to make sure that everyone is getting the best service, some information about you is shared with each other to help you. If you don’t want us to share things with other people you can make this clear and it will be respected. Sometimes, some information will need to be shared to make referrals to other organisations. The Hub would also like to keep your GP informed of what is happening.
The Living well Network Hub works with most people if they live in Lambeth or have a Lambeth GP and are over 18 and under 65. They only work with people for up to 12 weeks, but if you need support for longer then another service to support you may be suitable. If you already have a care coordinator or are working with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, talk to your worker as it may be that you can be discharged from that service and get support from the Living Well Network Hub.
Improving specialist mental health services
Running alongside this will be improvements to adult mental health services provided by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
The programme aims to ensure that secondary care services, notably community teams, are focused on early intervention and recovery and thereby help people with serious mental illness avoid "relapse". People will also be supported to move on from hospital by the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust specialist teams and live in the community.