Trust news
Relocation and reorganisation Haringey Adult Community Mental Health Services

In the week of the 22nd January Haringey Adult Community Mental Health Services based at Canning Crescent Centre will relocate to St. Ann’s Hospital site in Haringey. The move will happen throughout this week. Service users have been informed about the changes.

From Monday 29th January the Haringey Assessment Service (formerly Haringey Triage), the East and West Community Support and Recovery Teams and the Complex Care Team will merge into 4 Locality Teams: Central, West, North East and South East. These Locality Teams will provide a triage service for non-urgent and routine referrals as well as specialist mental health treatment.

29 January 2018
Dry January: Mental health manager opens up about overcoming an alcohol addiction

It’s dry January and millions of people have vowed to give up alcohol this month in a bid to save money, lose weight and to sleep better.

For some however, not having alcohol isn’t something they do for one month out of the year. It’s something they manage and maintain on a daily basis because of a past alcohol addiction.

“I knew I had to stop drinking,” said Colman Pyne, assistant clinical director at the trust.

26 January 2018
BEH welcomes Care Quality Commission report

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust (BEH) now has two outstanding services as rated by healthcare inspectors, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC inspectors also rated BEH as Good for being Caring, Responsive and Well-led.

However, while the Trust is close to achieving a Good overall from the CQC, the Trust has still some work to do, and received a final rating of Requires Improvement.

12 January 2018
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“Instead of being depressed on blue Monday use this day as a springboard for change”

Christmas is over. The new year celebrations are over. You’re back at work. It’s dark outside and the realisation has hit you that you spent too much over the festive period. These factors can sometimes cause people to feel depressed in January, and to make matters worse the gloomiest day is upon us.

The third Monday of January is known as blue Monday – this year on 15 January – based on factors including weather, debts, time since Christmas and motivation.

11 January 2018
Project Future in the spotlight

BEH’s Project Future is being held up as a ground-breaking way to support the mental health of marginalised young people and prevent their return to the criminal justice system.

That’s according to the Centre for Mental Health who have called on mental health service providers and commissioners to look at Project Future as a template which other councils and mental health providers across the country to adopt.

The report says NHS commissioners should pool budgets with local authorities, police and others to offer long-term funding to services who help people who have poor access to service.

05 December 2017
Christmas Carol Service – 12 December

Come and join us for singing, readings and mince pies at our candlelit Christmas Carol Service taking place at St Ann’s Church on Tuesday, 12th December at 6pm. Doors open for refreshments at 5:30pm.

Friends, family and service users are all welcome.

23 November 2017
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Chief Executive of BEH Maria Kane stands down to take up post at North Mid

After 10 years as our Chief Executive Maria Kane is leaving the Trust to take up a post as CEO of North Middlesex University Hospital (NMUH).

Maria says: “After ten years of working with such a wonderful staff group at BEH it is with mixed feelings that I decide to leave. Over that time we have faced some substantial challenges but I believe the Trust is now in a very strong position to maximise its potential to provide the best possible care for its patients going forward.

“This move to North Mid is an exciting opportunity for me to help NMUH overcome some of the major challenges it faces and to work with staff to improve services there for local residents.”

22 November 2017
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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
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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
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