Welcome to InfoIslington, a blog dedicated to delivering quality information about Islington today. Produced by staff at the Islington Reference Library it will bring you details about quality web sites and other new social media , upcoming events, reports and where to find information today with a special relevance to Islington.
The Islington Annual Public Health Report for 2012 focuses on the impact of alcohol and what needs to be done to reduce the effects of alchol-related harm on those living, working and socialising in Islington.
• Alcohol contributes to one in twenty deaths in Islington.
• Alcohol-specific death rates are highest in Islington residents under 65 years.
• Islington has the highest rate of alcohol-related admissions in London. Those living in the most deprived areas of Islington are approximately a third more likely to have an alcohol-related admission compared to those living in the more affluent areas.• Of people admitted to hospital due to an alcohol-specific reason, over a quarter were admitted two or more times over a one year period, and 2% were admitted six or more times.
• People with alcohol misuse problems often face the additional challenges of unemployment, homelessness or housing issues, health problems and multiple drug use. In Islington, of those in alcohol treatment services, 21% report drug use and 17% a mental health problem.
The Islington Safeguarding Adults Partnership is made up of different organisations in Islington. These include statutory, voluntary and independent sector organisations. All are involved in the care, support and safety of adults at risk in the borough.
We have to do four main things:
help people to stay safe; help everyone understand what abuse and neglect are and how to report them.
Protect from Harm:
respond to concerns in a timely, consistent and caring way; protect people in ways they find acceptable.
be able to show that what we do works well and makes a difference.
The Housing and Mental Health Joint Working Protocol was launched in June 2011 and since then has been rolled out to over a dozen housing organisations in Islington.It sets out the working relationships that Camden & Islington Foundation Trust (C&IFT), Islington Council, Tenancy Management Organisations (TMOs), Partners for Improvement In Islington (Partners) and housing providers should adhere to when dealing with clients and sharing personal information.
It means the organisations understand each other better and work more efficiently and effectively to prevent delays in dealing with housing applications, service requests and complaints from and about vulnerable residents.
User Focused Monitoring (UFM) was developed at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and is a departure from the traditional way of evaluating services. The initiative was led by a qualified researcher and a long-term user of both inpatient and community mental health services. The idea of UFM is that if the evaluation of services was genuinely to reflect the concerns and views of the people who use them rather than those of providers, then users should lead the process at every stage.
UFM at Peter Bedford evaluates mental health services in Camden and Islington Primary Care Trust, and is currently made of eleven researchers, called Auditors, who are current or former mental health service users.
New Community Mental Health Profiles for every local authority in England were launched by NEPHO on the 1st of March 2012. They give an overview of mental health risks, prevalence and services at a local, regional and national level, and can be viewed as an interactive tool or a downloadable PDF. The full report for Islington can be downloaded here while the data can be explored further here.
This study by Diarmuid Magee reviews the extent to which ethnic identity was taken into account with people of dual heritage backgrounds in the access and experience they have in a mental health service.
This website accompanies the Mental Health Bulletin publication and provides trust-level breakdowns for the national statistics presented in the Bulletin.These are shown in as graphics with year on year comparisons.
One of the main purposes of this web site is to enable provider trusts to review and improve their MHMDS data as part of a wider programme of work to develop mental health data that is fit for a range of management and planning purposes. NHS commissioners are encouraged to discuss the trust-level results with their providers.
All the reports can be searched by: All England summary; individual NHS provider and individual NHS commissioner.
As part of World Mental Health Day the libraries have produced a guide aimed at people who want to find help and information on different aspects of well-being and mental health in Islington. Copies are available in the libraries or are downloadable here.