Carers Week in Croydon – 11-17 June 2018: get involved! #CarerConversations


Carers Week 11-17 June 2018 is the national celebration of unpaid carers’ contribution to our communities, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Over 33,000 people have a caring role for a friend, relative or neighbour in the Croydon borough alone.

Events in Croydon
The Carers Support Centre’s jam-packed events programme includes Tai Chi tasters, massage, two information marketplaces, a health and wellbeing workshop, a pub quiz, international celebrations and much more.

All events are free to Croydon carers, though some require advance booking.

Download the Carers Week 2018 Flyer for more details.

Are you planning to hold an event?
If you are involved in a group or organisation that is planning an event for Carers Week, please email Amy Deakin at  so that the Carers Support Centre can promote it.

This year’s theme
This year’s national Carers Week theme is Healthy and Connected, and the Carers Information Service is raising awareness of loneliness in carers and its impact on health and wellbeing.

The #CarerConversations campaign aims to encourage communities, organisations, businesses and employers to do their bit to help carers feel more connected. Visit their website to find out how to get involved:


 Carers Support Centre
24 George Street

Tel: 020 8649 9339

Twitter: @InformingCarers

The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice, support and training to anyone looking after someone who needs help due to illness, frailty or disability.

Part of The Whitgift Foundation
Registered charity number 312612


Are you a carer from African, Asian, Caribbean or mixed race heritage? A Healthwatch Croydon event in association with Croydon BME Forum to hear your views (27/28/29 June 2017, from 11am to 1pm)

At Croydon BME Forum  56A Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR0 3RG

TO BOOK A PLACE, visit the Healthwatch Croydon events page here.

Additional events are being held at the Carers Support Centre in 24 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1PB on July 5 and July 12.

An evening focus group has been arranged for Friday 4th July 2017. 18:45 -19:45. at Carers Support Centre also.

Croydon BME Forum

T: 020 8684 3719
W: Twitter
Twitter @CroydonBMEForum
Croydon BME Forum on Facebook.

Carers Week in Croydon – 12-18 June: the biggest yet!

Carers Week 12 – 18 June 2017

Are you looking after a friend, family member or neighbour who needs your support?

Carers Week 12-18 June 2017 is a national campaign to raise awareness of unpaid carers looking after someone due to illness, disability or old age.

There’s lots on offer for carers at the Carers Support Centre this Carers Week.

Highlights include:

  • Relaxing massage, dance, henna hand painting and therapeutic art sessions
  • Vintage afternoon tea at the Carers Café
  • ‘Meet a professional’ drop-ins
  • Find out about local carer support and health services
  • Opportunity to have your say on Croydon’s Carers Strategy
  • Annual Carers’ Information Day
  • And much, much more!

Download the Carers Week flyer or pick up a paper copy at the Carers Support Centre for a full timetable.

Carers’ Information Day: Wednesday 14 June, 10am – 2pm

Community Space Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA

Pick up useful information, meet local carers and professionals and find out what support is available at our annual information event for carers in Croydon. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, thanks to generous support from the Big Lottery Fund. Drop in anytime between 10am – 2pm – we look forward to seeing you there!

 Carers Support Centre
24 George Street

Tel: 020 8649 9339

Twitter: @InformingCarers

The Carers’ Information Service provides information, advice, support and training to anyone looking after someone who needs help due to illness, frailty or disability.

Part of The Whitgift Foundation
Registered charity number 312612

Croydon CCG’s decision on prescribing proposals and the decommissioning of Foxley Lane

CCG headerToday, Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) approved recommendations to stop the prescribing of gluten-free products, vitamin D for maintenance, self-care medications and baby milk, and to decommission Foxley Lane women’s service, an eight-bedded mental health stand-alone unit in Purley.  Foxley Lane women’s service is run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (The Trust).

The CCG explain that these decisions have been made in the context of the financial pressures the local NHS is facing. Croydon CCG needs to make savings of over £30 million next financial year, which is around 6% of the commissioning budget for local health services of £482.3 million.

Today’s decisions follow two engagement periods run from early November last year to Friday 6 January 2017 when the proposals were put to the public to give the local NHS their views.

Foxley Lane
Throughout the engagement process for Foxley Lane, Croydon CCG engaged face to face with almost 150 Croydon residents, patients and professionals and received a total of 57 written responses through the online and paper survey. A petition opposing the closure of Foxley Lane was created on the 38 Degrees website which, when delivered to Croydon CCG, had received 737 verified signatures.

The CCG state that the decision has been clinically based and reflects the borough’s mental health strategy and commitment to treat more patients in the community, closer to their own home.  Instead of being admitted to Foxley Lane, patients will be provided with individual care packages in their homes, where appropriate.  Patients that require more intensive support could be admitted to inpatient services, including a new 14 bedded women’s ward on the Bethlem site which will open in the spring.

These community services will be provided by a range of community mental health services including Croydon Home Treatment Team and the Community Liaison Team.  Last year 55 women were treated at Foxley Lane. By treating patients in the community rather than at Foxley Lane the local NHS could save over £500,000 a year.

Dr Tony Brzezicki, Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon CCG said:

“We want to thank all of those people who took the time to give us their views on our proposals. This insight has meant we have been able to amend and adapt our commissioning intentions to prioritise what is most important for our patients.

We have heard first hand at public and community meetings, as well as in the written responses and petition, the passion people feel for Foxley Lane women’s service.  Those who responded, felt overwhelmingly that they did not agree with this proposal and they raised a number of concerns that we will continue to work closely with the Trust to address and to make sure those women who are affected will be supported.

We know that the community mental health services in Croydon can offer patient centred packages of care to support women previously treated at Foxley Lane within their own homes.  We will work with the Trust to embed the Foxley Lane ethos within the community mental health services, which also receive positive feedback from their current patients.”

Dr Hugh Jones, Clinical Director, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We have developed a treatment model based around the individual which we are confident will allow us to make sure every patient receives the best quality care.  The number of patients who are referred to Foxley Lane is very small, and we believe we can support all of them appropriately within the range of community mental health services we have in place following £9 million investment in Croydon over the last two years.

We would also like to reassure people who raised concerns about mental health inpatient capacity in the local area that the Trust is opening a new 14 bed inpatient ward for women in the spring this year at Bethlem Hospital.”

Throughout the engagement process for the prescribing proposals, Croydon CCG engaged face to face with over 300 individual Croydon residents, patients and professionals at over 30 events, groups or locations.  The CCG received a total of 346 written responses through the online and paper survey.

Dr Tony Brzezicki, Clinical Chair of NHS Croydon CCG said:

“These are very difficult decisions but we need to focus our limited resources where we can have the biggest impact on people’s health and well-being.

Although the response we received to our prescribing proposals was predominantly positive with over 70% of respondents agreeing that the CCG should stop providing self-care medications, we know these changes will cause some people who currently receive these products on prescription difficulty.  We want to work with local communities, Croydon pharmacists and GPs to help make sure we support people to find affordable alternatives and a phased approach to implementation over the coming weeks.

As we heard during the engagement period, we share the public’s concerns and want to do what we can to prevent these changes impacting on the most vulnerable in our communities.  We are committed to working with local health professionals, community groups and the public to make sure everyone has access to good information to help them find appropriate alternatives to meet their needs.”


The full Patient and Public Engagement reports for both engagement processes are published on the CCG’s website at

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Currently consulting on routine prescribing of IVF
Croydon CCG is currently asking local people about their proposal to stop the routine prescribing of IVF.  To find out more and respond to the consultation, which ends on Wednesday 1 March 2017, go to

Presentation from Public Meeting on NHS Croydon CCG’s proposed changes to prescribing – Weds 23 November 2016

The slides produced by NHS Croydon CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) at our public meeting on 23 November 2016 are reproduced here:


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You can download a copy here.

Our meeting was held at the Carers Support Centre in central Croydon, with costs of room and equipment hire, plus the lunch covered by the CCG. CCC organised the meeting, the bookings and provided tea coffee and biscuits.




Croydon CCG is keen to hear from you.
The engagement period runs until Friday 6 January 2017.

To find out more about what is proposed, click here.

You can contribute your views using the online survey here.



Public Meeting on NHS Croydon CCG’s proposed changes to prescribing – Weds 23 November 2016 from 11.30am

Please join us for our public meeting, held in association with NHS Croydon CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) at

Carers Support Centre
24 George Street

on Wednesday, 23 November 2016
from 11.30 to 1.30pm

Registration and refreshments, including a light lunch, from 11.30am
Meeting from 12 noon to 1.30pm

Come to hear what NHS Croydon CCG proposes, ask questions and share your views.

Please book a free place to attend.

Please note:

As catering for this event needs to be ordered, please book a place by midday on Monday 21 November.  Thank you!

Later bookings can be accommodated but we may not be able to offer a light lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be on offer to all.


NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is calling for local people to have their say on a proposal to reduce the prescribing of gluten-free foods, vitamin D for maintenance, baby milk and self-care medications.

The CCG state that,

“Prescribing in Croydon eats up £42.8 million each year, 9% of the local £465 million health budget. The CCG was placed in special measures in July this year, and needs to save a further £5.7 million savings on top of existing plans to save £12.7 million this year.  In total, this is just under 4% of the CCG’s total commissioning budget of £475.4 million for 2016/17.

Croydon CCG could make savings of up to £600,000 each year by reducing the prescribing of:

  • gluten-free foods
  • vitamin D
  • baby milk
  • and self-care medications

Some groups of people with particular conditions would be exempt from these changes, and the products the CCG intend to stop prescribing are now widely-available at a reasonably low cost, both online and in local shops.”


One of the questions the CCG is asking local people is to what extent the local NHS should prescribe items that can be bought more cheaply directly by the patient.

Croydon CCG is keen to hear from you.
The engagement period runs from Friday 11 November 2016 to Friday 6 January 2017 and this meeting has been set up, in partnership with the Croydon CCG, to explain the proposals and to gather your views.

To find out more about what is proposed, click here.

Places are limited so please ensure you book a place.

Please book a free place on Eventbrite here:

This helps us to cater for numbers.

If you prefer you can email us at and we can book for you.

Those who have not pre-booked will be asked to register on the door and those who have pre-booking will be given preference if numbers exceed capacity. 

How to find the venue:
The Carers Support Centre is situated opposite George Street tram stop, near to bus and rail links.

Please feel free to add your questions and comments to this post ahead of the event.


Other opportunities

  • NHS Croydon CCG will also be holding a meeting on the evening of 13 December. Details and booking here.
  • You can contribute your views using the online survey here.


You can also join our mailing list to get an invitation to our events and occasional updates via email by emailing with your name and ‘Add me’ in the subject line.