Thrive London Comes to Brent – 24th January at the Brent Civic Centre

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London and led by the London Health Board.

Brent Council, Thrive LDN and the Mental Health Foundation welcome all to a community conversation aimed at encouraging people to work together to improve health and happiness in the borough.

We hope to see broad representation across the borough including from the council, NHS providers and commissioners, businesses, local people, carers, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, schools and social landlords to discuss how collectively we can work together as a borough to improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health. Anyone living or working in Brent with an interest in improving the happiness of the borough is very welcome. The event is free and light refreshments will be provided.

You can sign up here LINK

Public event to discuss the future of Central Middlesex Hospital – Thursday 17th July 2014

The Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) ishosting a public meeting is to help in designing the services for Central Middlesex Hospital.

The event on Thursday,17th July at Hilton London Wembley, 5:30-8:00pm will be for Brent residents as well as the wider affected populations across North West London to hear and share their views on the service designs.

Please see flyer:


Working with dentists and schools to improve children’s oral health in Brent

TBM oral health front pageBrent Council has launched a new schools-based dental outreach programme to help tackle tooth decay amongst local children.

Nearly half of all Brent Children suffer with tooth decay and it is the commonest cause of non-urgent admission to hospital for children in the borough.

The programme aims to work with local dentists and primary schools to arrange free dental assessments and fluoride varnish application to children in nursery and up to Year 2. The programme aims to provide free assessments to over 1000 children.

Tooth decay is entirely preventable and this project will emphasise the need for regular brushing; avoiding sugary snacks and drinks and the importance of regular dentist visits for children over the age of 1.

The scheme demonstrates real partnership working between the Council, local schools and the NHS to work together to tackle this important issue.

We are currently liaising with head teachers over the summer months to identify which schools want to take part in this exciting pilot.

Our work here follows on from the increased profile we are hoping to promote on this issue, symbolised by the recent Brent Magazine front page.

Brent’s Keep Warm and Healthy Campaign: Please check on vulnerable residents and refer them to us

The snow offers me a great time to remind residents and promote my department’s Keep Warm and Healthy campaign.

The Council and NHS Brent are working with the fuel poverty charity Energy Solutions to help vulnerable residents keep warm again this winter with the Winter Weather Watch initiative.

The programme aims to lower the number of preventable deaths in the borough in the event of a sudden cold snap by providing support and expertise to those who need it most.

If they are concerned about someone, they will be able to refer them for help and advice. This will involve a home visitor from Energy Solutions carrying out a free audit of their home.

The home visiting team will make sure that elderly and vulnerable residents are able to use their central heating system properly and give them general advice about how to save energy and pay bills.

If needed, they will be able to lend temporary heaters, supply a ‘comfort pack’ of emergency essentials and arrange insulation of lofts and cavity walls. In certain circumstances funds may be made available to fix faulty heating systems or parts.

The campaign will continue to run until the end of March and the team expects to make over 200 visits throughout the borough.

Residents in Brent are also being urged to play their part and keep an eye on elderly and vulnerable neighbours, single parent families or those who are housebound.

Find out more by visiting the dedicated website, called A pamphlet can be found here – Keep Warm and Healthy Leaflet.

I’m very pleased that we’ve successfully managed to deliver this service that highlights the dangers cold weather can pose to elderly and vulnerable residents and also offers practical help and support to those that need it most.

Everyone can do their bit to help people at risk in their communities this winter by keeping an eye on elderly and vulnerable residents over the coming months.

If you are worried about someone’s heating or ability to keep their home warm this winter call Energy Solutions, who are the local provider on 0800 169 56 93.

Your NHS experiences

I am hearing some shocking cases of neglect directly from people who are telling me about their recent experiences with the NHS. I am keen to hear about your personal experiences with NHS services.

Please email your story to

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Brent GP List Validation Excercise

NHS Brent were present at a Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting which I attended at Brent Town Hall last week. Many may have read in the local press about a recent process that NHS Brent undertook to validate the names which they deemed to be ‘inactive’ and take out names that did not respond to letters from them.

Brent has a fluid population and it may well be that the NHS is spending money on patients that no longer live in Brent. This is something the NHS cannot afford given the cuts that it is being forced to make by the Coalition Government.

I asked a question to NHS Brent on the practicals… ie. if I felt ill tomorrow and wanted to see my GP and found out my name had been struck off their list, what would happen. I was reassured that it will be extremely simple for me to simply get treated and re-register with my GP.

At the beginning of this meeting, the context of these changes was introduced where it was mentioned that the NHS in Brent has to carry out its duties with fewer resources. So secondly, I asked whether this context had changed given the Prime Minister’s announcement last week following the Government’s ‘listening excercise’, to which the answer was simply NO.

Update on our Burnley GP practice campaign

Many may know the work that we have been doing to lobby the NHS Brent board to resurrect a GP Surgery Practice in the Burnley Road area. We have some great news on the campaign which will open up the chances of a new practice coming in.

After lobbying from patient groups, local beneficiaries, the Brent Labour Group on the Council with myself, Deputy Mayor Aslam Choudry, Councillor Leslie Jones and Councillors Hunter and Sneddon,  in August this year the executive management team of Brent PCT agreed a shortlist of options for the future of patients who are currently registered at the Willesden Centre for Health and Care.

Three options were outlined at the patient meeting on the 12th August.  The three options were:

  1. Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice via an open tender process
  2. Transfer of the management of the Burnley Road practice to a restricted list of existing practices within Brent
  3. To discontinue the Burnley Road practice and to transfer the patients to other GP practices in the area who have spare capacity.

After undertaking an in depth analysis of these options in September and October 2010 findings were reported to the Health Select Committee on the 14th October.  The recommendation of option 1 was then put forwad to the NHS Brent Board meeting on the 25th November 2010 and this is the option that is being pursued.

An open tender will increase the chances of attracting a GP Practice into the area. Well done and thank you to all that have been involved in the campaign -I cannot thank you enough. This has stopped the dispersal of 3,000 patients to surgeries around Brent which quite frankly would have been chaotic.