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Lectures

We invite renowned national experts to give talks on topical issues.

“I love the work you do: always relevant and timely topics.”

Kathleen Fraser-Jackson, Programme Manager, Chalkhill Community Action

The lectures are open to our staff, service users and partners – plus anyone who’s interested and would like to join us.

The session includes time for questions and discussion.

 

Forthcoming lectures

30 August 2022

Can we have a GP system that works for everyone? 

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In a time of unprecedented demand, many people are finding it difficult to access their GP when they need to – leading to a backlog of patients who don’t know where to go to get care. Meanwhile, doctors are struggling with long hours and the challenge of prioritising those in greatest need while still providing a robust service for the rest of their patients.

So what can be done? We’ve invited Dr Chaand Nagpaul CBE – a London GP, former chair of the BMA Council and current chair of the BMA Racial & Ethnic Equality Forum – to talk about some of the ways we can relieve pressure on the system and keep our primary care service working for everyone.

Sharing insight from his work with the BMA and his own experience as a GP, Dr Nagpaul will discuss the work being done to improve access to services, and the options patients have for seeking care.

Booking essential – get your free ticket here

Previous lectures

27 July 2022

How can we avoid adult mental health crisis? 

Claire Murdoch CBE brought her experience as national director for mental health to shed light on the work being done to improve mental health support for adults, as well as insights from her experience as Chief Executive of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. She was joined by Dr Gareth Jarvis who gave additional insight and context.

see the video

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28 June 2022

The pathway to preventing Type 2 diabetes

Diabetes is a huge challenge for our communities, affecting millions of people across the UK. But it’s not inevitable. Much can be done to prevent Type 2 diabetes, with simple diet changes or increased physical activity making a huge difference.

Professor Jonathan Valabhji OBE, National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity at NHS England & Improvement, joined our June lecture to give us a crash course into what’s being done within the NHS to help people manage their risk and avoid developing Type 2 diabetes.

see the video

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31 May 2022

A safer route into adulthood: introducing transitional safeguarding

Do the difficulties and challenges affecting a young person’s life disappear the day they turn 18 and pass into ‘adulthood’? Of course not – and many young people’s organisations recognise this by providing services that extend into young adulthood and recognise how blurry the boundaries between different stages of a person’s life can be.

Safeguarding – the formal process of keeping people safe from abuse and neglect – is one area that has been slow to catch up. However, the new approach of ‘transitional safeguarding’ seeks to change this, and offer a safer route into adulthood for young people at risk. Dez Holmes joined us on 31 May to introduce the concept. 

see the video

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26 April 2022
Hidden addictions: the problem with gambling

With betting shops on every corner and adverts constantly on TV, gambling often seems to be a normalised part of our culture. In reality, it is a highly addictive behaviour that can cause real harm – for individuals, families and wider communities.

Aside from the financial impact, there are huge implications for health and wellbeing. Our April lecture looked at the impact this has on health and communities. 

Chaired by Cllr Ketan Sheth, with Professor Henrietta Bowden-Jones OBE, Director, National Centre for Behavioural Addictions and pupils from Newman Catholic College.

see the video

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30 March 2022
Breaking taboos: talking about men and women’s health

Men and women have unique health concerns, and for March’s event our speakers have delved into some of the particular concerns that each group needs to be aware of. There are still many taboos around these topics, but by bringing them out into the open we can help address health inequalities that affect us based on our gender.

Chaired by Cllr Ketan Sheth, with expert speakers:

Dr Jyoti Shah, Consultant Urological Surgeon
Dr Khyati Bakhai, GP, Bromley-by-Bow
Ade Odunlade, COO, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

see the video

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23 February 2022
Putting health on the menu: how food equality leads to health equality

Food equality: what we can do to help address the barriers that prevent people from accessing healthier food? Chaired by Cllr Ketan Sheth, with expert speakers:

Dr Lander Bosch, Geographer of Health at The World Bank
Dr Ethie Kong, GP
Rajesh Makwana BEM, Director at Sufra
Danny Coyle, Head Teacher at Newman Catholic College
Salma Maher, Consultant Dietitian

see the videohear the audio

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25 January 2022
Prioritising children’s mental health: what can we do?

Part of our new series of monthly lectures about building better health equalities, run in collaboration with Cllr Ketan Sheth, chair of Brent Council’s Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.

Panel discussion with:
Prof JS Bamrah, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Joan St John, Clinical Diabetes Lead GP
Georgina Nutton, Headteacher, Preston Park Primary School

see the video

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29 March 2021
Problematic gambling: losing more than just money
Panel discussion with Annette Denby and Gracia Talabi (GamCare) and Becky Harris (CNWL).

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21 January 2021
Covid, inequality and hope: what we can learn from one borough’s story

Panel discussion with:
Cllr Ketan Sheth,  Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee Brent Council
Professor Mala Rao OBE, Senior Clinical Fellow at Imperial College
Georgina Nutton, Headteacher at Preston Park Primary School
Shyama Perera,
writer, broadcaster, Chair of SADAA 
Judith Davey,
CEO, The Advocacy Project
Dr Ethie Kong,
Brent resident and GP

– see the video

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19 November 2020
What now for safeguarding in our ‘new normal’ world?

Panel discussion with:
Dr Adi Cooper, Independent Chair of two Safeguarding Adults Boards in London
Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, Professor (Emeritus) of Social Work at the University of Bedfordshire

see the video – hear the audiosee Adi Cooper’s slidessee Michael Preston-Shoot’s slides

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16 November
When a home becomes a drugs base: what to do about cuckooing
Panel discussion with Chloe Higginson & Louise Butler
listen to the talk & discussion – see the slides

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24 September 2020
Reducing health inequalities for Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities
Panel discussion with Cllr Ketan Sheth, Dr Dele Olajide, Shaama Saggar-Malik, Charlotte Bailey
see the video – hear the audiosee Charlotte Bailey’s slidesread Ketan Sheth’s paper

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9 September 2020
What really lies behind problematic drug and alcohol use?
with Lucie Hartley, Former Chief Executive of EDP Drug & Alcohol Services
see the video – hear the audio

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27 July 2020
How do personal health budgets support mental wellbeing?
with Breda Spillane, Design, Informatics, Evaluation and Strategic Engagement Lead, Psychological Therapies and Wellbeing Alliance in City and Hackney
see the video – hear the audioview the slides

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6 July 2020
Covid-19: how can we use this opportunity to value carers?
with Sonia Benitez, Head of Services, Carers Network
see the video – hear the audioview the slides

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16 June 2020
Getting voices heard during Covid-19 – why bother?
with Jacqui McKinlay, CEO, Centre for Public Scrutiny
see the video – hear the audioview the slides

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14 May 2020
Safeguarding – the implications of Covid-19 pandemic
with Dr Adi Cooper, Chair of Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)
see the slides and Q&A document on safeguarding

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30 April 2020
What does voice, rights and choice mean for people at the end of life?
with Jonathan Ellis, Director of Advocacy and Change, Hospice UK
see the slides

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25 February 2020

Co-production and technology: putting people at the heart of care
with Dr Olajide, former Medical Director, South London & Maudsley Foundation Trust

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16 October 2019
How intensive interaction can support advocacy
with Janet Gurney, Director of Training, Us In A Bus

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21 August 2019
Hoarding behaviours – putting hoarding care into the Care Act
with Megan Karnes, Director, Hoarding UK

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22 July 2019
Advocates kicking ass or sucking eggs – Are you making effective challenges under the Care Act
with Kate Mercer, Director, BlackBelt advocacy

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26 June 2019
What does the future hold? Trends in advocacy
with Gail Petty, Advocacy & Voice Lead, NDTi

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14 May 2019
Advocacy, local democracy and scrutiny
with Jacqui McKinlay, CEO, Centre for Public Scrutiny

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11 March 2019
Grandpa on a Skateboard: mental capacity

with Tim Farmer, author and founder, TSF Consultants

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16 January 2019
Sensory & physical disabilities: what people need
with Jamie Renton, CEO, Action Disability Kensington and Chelsea

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13 December 2018
Grenfell recovery: grassroots activism
with Joe Batty, Senior Community Development and Engagement Officer, Kensington and Chelsea Social Council

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8 November 2018
Putting service users at the heart of everything

with Bernie Flaherty, Executive Director of Adult Social Care, Bi-Borough

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16 October 2018
About the Mental Health Act
with Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister, 39 Essex Chambers