Trust news
Debbie Hicks
You can live a normal happy life! An expert in Diabetes gives her view on the condition ahead of World Diabetes Day

Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Tuesday (14th November) our Nurse Consultant  Debbie Hicks, is raising awareness of the condition in a bid to help those who are at risk from developing the condition and those living with the condition to enable them to manage it and stay healthy.

In the borough of Enfield, the prevalence of diabetes is 8.06%, and this is on the increase. 

In the UK there are over 4.2 million people living with diabetes.

13 November 2017
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London Fire Brigade training

Firefighters took part in fire training at St Ann’s Hospital last week to help improve their skills when faced with a real blaze.

Over 20 firefighters from the London Fire Brigade (LFB) descended on the site on Friday 3 November for training which saw them searching and rescuing bodies from a smoke filled building.

09 November 2017
We feature in Louis Theroux documentary Talking to Anorexia

If you haven't had the chance to watch Louis Theroux's documentary Talking To Anorexia on BBC 2 then please take the opportunity to watch it again on iPlayer.

It is a thoughtful, thought-provoking dive into a difficult, dangerous, and debilitating eating disorder.

Our Trust, its staff and some of its patients on the Eating Disorders Clinic at St Ann's featured in the documentary which was both illuminating and heart-breaking as you experience the stories of people suffering with the UK's most deadly mental illnesses.  Whether it's Janet who makes her boiled sweet last a month or Jess's daily routine of 2000 star jumps to keep her weight down, you catch a glimpse of what it is like to have anorexia.

30 October 2017
World occupational therapy day – 27 October

Tomorrow is world occupational therapy day – an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

To mark the occasion, we spoke to Camilla Cox, senior occupational therapist and day programme manager in the eating disorders service, to find out more about her role and why the day is important to her.

26 October 2017
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Louis Theroux: Talking to Anorexia

World-renowned documentary maker Louis Theroux has filmed his latest feature at Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) – broadcasting this Sunday 29th October, 9pm BBC2.

The Trust has a well-respected Eating Disorders Clinic based at St Ann’s Hospital in Haringey.  The service helps treat and look after people across the country who are 18 years old and over, both in hospital and in the community.

25 October 2017
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St Ann's Hospital redevelopment - public exhibition

Find out more about the plans for the redevelopment of the St Ann's Hospital site in Haringey at a public exhibition for local stakeholders

Thursday, 2 November 2017
4.00pm - 8.00pm

Chestnuts Community Centre
St Ann's Road

20 October 2017
We should all be aware of PTSD

To mark mental health month, NHS London's month-long mental health campaign, and to help breakdown the stigma that surrounds mental health, our clinical psychologist and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stream lead Dr Jennifer Hall discusses the disorder and why we should all be aware of it...

17 October 2017
How are service users collaborating with care providers to improve services

To mark the World Mental Health Day, Healthwatch Enfield and Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) announce the launch of ‘Service Champions: a key to getting it right?’ report.


For over two years, Healthwatch Enfield sought the views of more than 220 mental health service users, professionals, and carers on their experiences of the support and services available within the borough publishing its third thematic report, “Listening to local voices on mental health” in August 2016. Through sharing their stories, local people told us that they most strongly support the need for early engagement of service users, patients, carers and the public in designing and enhancing mental health services and support.

09 October 2017
Celebrating World Mental Health Day

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust will be doing the following to raising awareness of mental health

09 October 2017
LGBT* World Café event

Haringey Council, in partnership with Opening Doors London, is hosting the LGBT* World Café event on  Wednesday, 1 November (9.30am-4pm) at Haringey Civic Centre, Wood Green, N22 8ZW. The building is accessible for people who use wheelchairs and a hearing loop is available. Refreshments will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own if you have specific dietary requirements.

The event will bring together professionals and residents from across the borough to talk about how we can respond in partnership to the needs of older LGBT* people.

03 October 2017
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Recovery Pride in Haringey celebrates people overcoming an addiction

Hundreds of people gathered at an event in Haringey last week to celebrate the road to recovery for those battling a drug or alcohol problem.

Over 200 people attended Recovery Pride in Haringey and heard inspiring recovery stories from current and former service users. There were also live performances, food, information stalls and awards presented.

25 September 2017
Mental health practitioner recruitment open day in Barnet

The Barnet Personality Disorder Team are holding a nursing recruitment open day on October 3rd between 10am-4pm on the second floor of the Dennis Scott Unit, Edgware Community Hospital HA8 0AD. 

The team has two exciting opportunities for a Band 5 mental health practitioner who is either an occupational therapist or nurse and a Band 7 MBT trained special mental health practitioner. This could be a nurse, social worker, occupational therapist or psychologist with an accredited MBT basic training qualification.

20 September 2017
Have Your Say Day

On Saturday 23 September we’ll be holding our Have Your Say Day at the Enfield Town and Country Show where we’ll be talking about young people’s mental health.

All young people are welcome to join us for a day of spoken word, performances, art, music and conversations about mental health stigma.

20 September 2017
Pioneering project receives funding to improve responses to stalking

The Suzy Lamplugh Trust has secured funding for a pioneering project working with perpetrators of stalking.

The initiative, which is the first of its kind worldwide, will aim to improve responses to stalking across the criminal justice system and the health sector through rehabilitative treatment for stalkers. Ultimately, it is hoped that working with perpetrators can help to make victims of stalking safer.

20 September 2017
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CQC to inspect BEH services

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting services provided by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust from 25 - 29 September 2017. 


19 September 2017
Mental health stories to be told through art and music

A project funded by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Mental Health NHS Trust will showcase the stories of service users through art and music in a bid to fight the stigma of mental health.

On Friday 22 September the Outsider Gallery London will open its doors at Clarendon Recovery College to celebrate the creative work produced by service users that took part in the Creative, Recovery, Enablement and wellbeing (CREW) program.

13 September 2017
Tell the CQC about your care at BEH

The CQC will be visiting St Ann’s Hospital on 12 September and Chase Farm Hospital on 13 September to hear from service users, carers, relatives and staff about their experiences of care.

They will be in the Oasis restaurant, St Ann's Hospital from 11am - 2.30pm on 12 September and in the Willows restaurant, Chase Building, Chase Farm Hospital from 11am - 2.30pm on 13 September.

06 September 2017
Annual General Meeting 2017 - Monday, 18 September 2017


You are invited to attend Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), which takes place at Millfield Theatre, Enfield on Monday, 18 September 2017.

Meet the Board and find out about the Trust's work during the last year and hear about some of the services we provide for local communities.

The AGM will start at 2.00pm. Doors open from 1.30pm, with a light lunch provided. Car parking is available on site.

25 August 2017
Forensic mental health conference – September

The North London Forensic Service, part of Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, is hosting a conference between 25-26 September 2017 looking at deaths in custodial settings.

26 July 2017
BEH wins Mind Matters contract

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) have been awarded a contract to provide psychological therapies, locally branded as Mind Matters, in Barnet. The service is part of a national programme called IAPT – known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – and aims to increase the availability of talking therapies on the NHS.

18 July 2017
Barnet: Services move to help with cost improvement

As part of our cost improvement work, services based on the 2nd Floor, Dennis Scott Unit  atEdgware Community Hospital will be relocating to other sites within the Barnet area by the end of October 2017. BEH is facing financial challenges and this move will help us save approximately £1.5 million over the next three years.

11 July 2017
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PTSD can affect over a third of people involved in a terror attack

A local psychologist is urging people to look out for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as research suggests that the anxiety disorder can affect more than a third of people involved in a terror attack.

07 July 2017
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Enfield Parent Infant Partnership top the People's Choice Award

Enfield Parent Infant Partnership are delighted to have been announced as winners of the People’s Choice Award at the National Infant Mental Health Awards run by PIP UK. The service also came runner up for Exceptional Infant Mental Health Service Provision and in the Locality Award for Infant Mental Health category.

06 July 2017
Changes to Mental Health Services in North London...

As part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), five boroughs in north London, including Barnet, Enfield and Haringey, are working together to improve future services. Find out more and share your views at at event on 7 July 2017.

21 June 2017
Trust wide phone problem

Sunday 07:50 UPDATE

All mobile and landline phone issues have been rectified.

Please revert to calling your usual contact numbers for the Hub, and Crisis Teams etc.

Thank you, and sorry for the inconvenience while we tried to resolve a problem which had affected many telephone lines coming into the Trust.

10 June 2017
NHS Cyber Attack

A number of NHS organisations have reported that they have been affected by a ransomware attack which is affecting a number of different organisations. At this stage we have not had any reports that any of our systems have been affected and no patient data has been accessed.  NHS Digital is working closely with the National Cyber Security Centre, the Department of Health and NHS England to support affected organisations and to recommend appropriate mitigations. This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS and is affecting organisations across a range of sectors. We will be applying a number of precautionary patches to our systems over the week-end.

12 May 2017
International nurses day 2017

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) is marking international nurses day with a Nurses Conference. The theme this year is proud to be different. With this in mind we are joining Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Middlesex University in a day of learning on Thursday May 18th.

12 May 2017
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Outsider Gallery Exhibition - 19 May

The Outsider Gallery is hosting a music and art exhibition created by children and young people using mental health services.

The work aims to explore how creativity can help people get their lives back on track by increasing confidence, value and appreciation in your own self.  

Join us on the night, all welcome.

10 May 2017
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Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

We have a number of events taking place for Mental Health Awareness Week, do check these out, and if you're doing something let us know!

Since the theme is surviving or thriving we have a number of service user stories which show how we are helping them thrive as part of our enablement programme.

And, we want to know how you look after your mental health... We've got some ideas from a few of our staff around the Trust, on what they do and we'd love to hear from you too, so get in touch with us and let us know what tricks you have up your sleeve - tweet @behmhtnhs.

03 May 2017
The Guardian
Inside an ECT clinic

Dr Robert Tobiansky met with Guardian reporter Nicola Davis to dispel the rumours around Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). It is used to treat patients with severe depression, often accompanied by psychotic symptoms, a high risk of suicide or a refusal to eat or drink. “This is somebody who through their depression feels that they are not worthy of eating or drinking, who through their illness is starving – that is a life-threatening condition,” he said. “You have not got time to wait for other things not to work. Likely things have been tried and failed.” But negative, dramatic depictions of the treatment in film and other media have left their mark. “Although it is small numbers of people who have the treatment we usually have a big battle against the stigmas and the very negative press ECT has".

28 April 2017
Working with young people to breakdown mental health stigma

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) is working with young people to help breakdown barriers for accessing support.

More than 120 students from five secondary schools across Haringey came together at the Pleasance Theatre in March to discuss mental health and emotional wellbeing - an event co-ordinated by a range of local young persons organisations.

The discussions were inspired by play I AM BEAST, written by theatre company Sparkle and Dark, which explores themes of bereavement and loss.

03 April 2017
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Art and Design students' mural brightens up Enfield children's clinic

Children, parents and staff attended the unveiling of a bright and creative mural at Cedar House, St Michael’s in Enfield on 8 March. The mural was painted by art and design students from Barnet and Southgate.

The team at Cedar House had received some funding which allowed them to refurbish the clinic to make it more child friendly and they approached the College's Art Department to carry out the work.

10 March 2017
No Smoking Day

On national No Smoking Day (8th March) Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) will have quit smoking for two months. Back in January staff and patients were told they could no longer smoke in our buildings or on our grounds.  “It’s important we help people to give up smoking,” explains Medical Director Dr Jonathan Bindman, “as it is counter-productive to try and treat someone’s mental health while allowing them to affect their own mental health by still smoking."

06 March 2017
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BEH staff in NHS Leadership Recognition Awards 2017

BEH's Dr Suchitra Bhandari and David Harty have both won NHS Leadership Recognition Awards. The annual awards highlight the incredible achievements of someone who has gone above and beyond to make a difference.

06 March 2017
BEH Allies
BEH launches LGBT programme for better care

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) is launching a programme to provide even better care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) service users. The Trust joined forces with Middlesex University, who already include LGBT health needs in their mental health nurse training programme, to mark LGBT history month this February. There is extensive research which shows that LGBT individuals have different health requirements from those who identify as being straight.

27 February 2017
BEH staff join UCLPartners programme to help drive improvement in the region

We're delighted to announce four of our staff have been appointed as a members of the UCLPartners Improvement Fellows programme. They were selected from over 140 applications to join a group of 38 individuals from across north central and east London, Essex and Hertfordshire who have been brought together to share experiences, learn and challenge each other, with the ultimate aim of leading and facilitating improvement within their organisations and beyond.

30 January 2017
BEH wins substance misuse tender

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) has won the tender to deliver community drug and alcohol services in Enfield.

BEH won the tender in partnership with Blenheim, a charity that provides support to drug and alcohol users, their family and carers.

The new service – which was previously run by Compass and Westminster Drug Project - will provide an extensive therapeutic programme to support people with mild to severe alcohol and substance misuse issues. 

25 January 2017
Improving children's understanding of mental health

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) are working with young people to raise awareness of mental health challenges their peers may be facing. Students from five schools are due to take part in a set of workshops designed to enable discussion about young people’s mental health and use these ideas to develop a charter outlining what young people think is important when we consider their mental health needs. They will also watch the play I AM BEAST which explores the themes of emotional distress, grief and loss. This play was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2015, and it was informed by focus group of young people from Haringey.

23 January 2017
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Outsider Gallery exhibition in February

The Outsider Gallery London is hosting an exhibition on Friday 3 February which explores peoples therapeutic journey.

They aim to show how creativity can help people get their lives back on track.

The exhibition is open to the public.

23 January 2017
BEH Allies
Improving the environment for LGBT staff and patients

We're hosting a conference to explore how we can improve the environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) service users and staff. This event, co-hosted with Middlesex University and Barnet Council will take place on 21 February 2017 in the Committee Room 1, Hendon Town Hall between 9.30am and 3.30pm. The event is open to all who have an interest in this area of work and the programme.

17 January 2017
CPN Damian recieves award from Hertfordshire University
Community Nurse who goes “the extra mile” wins University Award

A Community Psychiatric Nurse has received an award from Hertfordshire University for the work he’s been doing with student nurses.  Damian Levy, 35, from Southgate, works with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust’s (BEH) Community Rehabilitation Team. He was nominated by student Sancha Bernard who was on placement at the Springwell Centre, Barnet Hospital, in her second year as a Mental Health Nursing Student.

09 January 2017
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BEH goes smokefree

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) will be going SmokeFree from Tuesday 17th January. This means smoking will no longer be permitted anywhere on BEH premises or in its grounds. Jonathan Bindman, BEH’s Medical Director, says this will be good for patients. “People who come to us as inpatients are sometimes dependent on nicotine when they are admitted, and they feel a strong craving for cigarettes, but this is counter-productive to treatment and to their long-term health." 

09 January 2017
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Christmas Card Competition 2016

Our annual Christmas Card competition invited children of staff to design artwork to be featured on this year’s official BEH Christmas Card. There were three categories 0-5, 6-9, 10-12. Entries could either be drawn or painted, and must somehow encapsulate Christmas.

The idea behind the competition was for the Trust to do something positive with young children's talent, and perhaps to think and understand a little more about mental health and the valuable work that their parents or grandparents do.

09 December 2016
Project Future wins prestigious HSJ Awards

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) has been awarded a national Health Service Journal (HSJ) award for the second year running. The HSJ awards are the most prestigious health and social care awards in the country. This year BEH won with Project Future based in Tottenham, and was highly commended in two other categories with our Enfield based Care Homes Assessment Team, and also for Project Future. Project Future helps young people, who are disengaged, excluded, and who may be gang members. We help them get back into education, employment and training, and to engage with mental health services. Project Future also aims to improve young people’s psychological, emotional and physical well-being, and to reduce offending.

07 December 2016
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HMP Pentonville’s daycare service commended at the Health in Justice Summit

HMP Pentonville’s daycare service was the runner up as the Best Clinical Team in Secure Environments at the Health in Justice Summit.

Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust have been running the day care centre at the prison for the past two years.

28 November 2016
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Join us at our Carol Service

Staff, family, friends and patients are all welcome to join us at our Carol Service on Tuesday December 13, at St Ann's Church. Kicks off at 5.45pm. Join us for some festive fun. 

28 November 2016
Project Future wins HSJ Award
BEH wins prestigious HSJ award

BEH has won the national Health Service Journal Award for its work with socially excluded and disengaged young people and gang members, called Project Future.

25 November 2016
Stop Terrorism NHS Choices

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