Information and Networking Exhibition

Welcome to the Mental and Physical Health Interface Site

Sponsorship was received from the following Pharmaceutical Companies:
Lilly UK, Lundbeck, Bayer, Chiesi, Boehringer Ingelheim

Age UK
Geoff, Matthews, Deputy Chief Officer      Tel: 0118 959 4242
Age UK Berkshire, Huntley House, 119 London St., Reading, RG1 4QA.

Age UK are a recognised charity operating throughout Berkshire.  The charity provide many services aimed at helping older people to live independently in their own homes.  Schemes offered vary within Berkshire  but include: Home from Hospital; Home from Hospital for those who have been diagnosed with dementia; Handyperson Schemes; Dementia Support; Active Living; information and advice.  Money raised in Berkshire is used to promote the quality of life of older people in Berkshire through an Integrated Care approach.


Alzheimer's SocietyClaire Garley, Dementia Support Worker, Reading Office          Tel: 0118 958 6482 (general enquiries)
Alzheimer’s Society             Tel: 0118 957 1183 (Reading Services

Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers provide both local support, information and guidance to people affected by dementia in their communities. Local services may vary geographically but include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Alzheimer's Café's and innovative singing for the brain sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, their services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.


Asthma UK

Asthma UK                0800 121 6244

Asthma UK is the leading asthma charity. There are over five million people with asthma in the UK, and Asthma UK are here for them when they’re needed most. Asthma UK want to live in a world where asthma is no longer a daily battle for some and where no one dies from the condition. They’re working to make this happen through world-leading research, award-winning information and services, and life-changing campaigns.

For more information visit For advice and support, call the Asthma UK Adviceline to speak to a specialist asthma nurse on 0800 121 62 44 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm).


Bayer HealthCare                   Head Office Tel: 01635 563 000
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Bayer HealthCare is among the world’s foremost innovators in the field of pharmaceutical and medical products. This subgroup’s mission is to research, develop, manufacture and market innovative products that improve the health of people and animals throughout the world.  The globally operating Health Care subgroup is divided into four operating divisions: The goals of the Animal Health Division are to maintain the health of animals and cure veterinary diseases, with the focus primarily on treating infectious diseases and repelling parasites. The main focus of the Consumer Care Division is on non-prescription medicines and dietary supplements. One example is Aspirin, a more than 110-year-old brand that enjoys an unsurpassed level of global familiarity. Medical Care comprises the businesses with blood glucose monitoring devices and medical equipment for diagnosis and treatment. The Pharmaceuticals Division is today the highest-selling pharmaceuticals company in Germany and holds a worldwide leading position in its main therapeutic areas. The focus is on prescription medicines. The division combines its strengths in two business units: General Medicine and Specialty Medicine.  
* Specialising in anticoagulation.


Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation TrustSara Johnson and Carol Brindley Tel: 01635 292070
Beechcroft Older People’s Mental Health Service, Newbury
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Beechcroft OPMH have produced a DVD for carers of people with dementia.  The DVD was a jointly funded project between the National Lottery and BHFT.  The DVD includes 3 short films, a carer’s story, comments from people with dementia and an introduction by Lynda Bellingham about caring for her mother.  Training providers and support workers may request a free copy of the DVD (whilst stocks last).  Alternatively, a link to the electronic version of the films can be requested at the stand.



Berkshire Carers ServiceKerry Singer, Project Officer
Berkshire Carers Service       Tel: 01628 777 217 or 0800 9885462


Berkshire Carers Service supports unpaid carers with any information, support or advice need they may have around their carer role and personal health and wellbeing. The unpaid carers they support are people (young carers also) who may be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.

Examples of support provision are: Dedicated helpline locally and outreach workers who support carers in locality as needed; Emergency Planning for times they may be unable to care; Benefits advice and assistance to apply and complete forms; Emotional support; Carers Rights; Signposting onto other organisations who may be able to assist such as social services for carers assessments; Respite time out from their carer role; Support Groups locally.

We like to think we are a one stop shop for carers and will try and help with anything we can J


Boehringer IngelheimBoehringer Ingelheim       Tel: 01344 741 444
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Boehringer Ingelheim is a research driven group of companies dedicated to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing pharmaceuticals that improve health and quality of life. Their business consists of Prescription Medicines, Consumer Healthcare, Biopharmaceuticals and Animal Health. Boehringer Ingelheim focus on the production of innovative drugs and treatments that represent the major therapeutic advances.  Excellence in innovation and technology guides their actions in all areas. Their products have long been highly successful in the treatment of respiratory, cardiovascular, central nervous system and virological disorders. In addition to offering valuable treatments for cancer and AIDS, they have intensified their research into the immune system, viral disease and cancer. Boehringer Ingelheim currently has 46,000 employees, and 140 affiliates in 50 countries around the globe. Their headquarters is at Ingelheim, the German town where the company was founded in 1885.

British Red CrossEmma Howell, Service Manager Health and Social Care
British Red Cross - Thames Valley Area   Tel: 0844 412 2750

The British Red Cross provides humanitarian support in crisis. They provide a range of Health and Social Care and other support services across the Thames Valley and the UK.  In the Thames Valley, they provide Home from Hospital Schemes, providing support for older and vulnerable people at home after discharge from hospital, providing time-limited practical help. This includes making sure they have  shopping, collecting prescriptions and any other practical help they can provide to help settle back home.

The British Red Cross also provide a Prevention of Admission to Hospital service, based at the Emergency Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. They provide support to older people admitted to A&E, offering transport home in their specially adapted vehicle. The service is available between 3-10pm, 7 days a week. They can then settle people at home and provide follow-up support for up to two weeks. 

In Berkshire, The British Red Cross are also working in partnership with the Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support on the COCOC project (Comprehensive Care for Older people with Cancer). The Red Cross provides a ‘buddy’ who supports older people with cancer at home for up to 3 months. The Buddy provides practical and emotional support to the service user during treatment for cancer. The Red Cross liaises closely with the COCOC team at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Charlie Waller Institute
Dr Craig Steel and Pamela Myles     
Charlie Waller Institute                                Tel: 0118 378 6668


The Charlie Waller Institute aims to develop and evaluate new psychological treatments, as well as provide training in established interventions. Dissemination is provided through high quality workshops from leading national and international clinical academics. We also deliver Certificate and Diploma programmes in evidence-based psychological treatment, along with a number of IAPT programmes for both adult and child services. Current research activity includes developing treatments for depression, schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder within both adults and adolescents.


Chiesi       Head Office Tel: 0161 488 5555
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Chiesi aim to become a world leader in respiratory medicine, building upon their reputation for providing the NHS with quality modified release preparations.  Being privately owned they are free to allocate their research and development investment in response to unmet patient need - and with promising research being carried out in a number of familiar, as well as specialist therapeutic areas, their pipeline is well aligned with the treatment priorities of the NHS.  In line with their mission to develop innovative pharmaceutical solutions to improve the quality of human life, Chiesi measure their success as a partner in healthcare by the contribution their products and services make to patient outcomes.
Chiesi work directly with healthcare professionals and patient associations to understand their needs at every stage of the disease journey. They also help to educate patients and the general public alike about the nature, prevention and treatment of conditions in their areas of expertise and help to make patient voices heard in the wider community.  Recognising that today’s devolved NHS is receptive to exploring the potential of joint working initiatives with industry, Chiesi Ltd is proactive in seeking out opportunities where their resources and specialist knowledge can promote best practice, support their customers and help them to achieve their local healthcare objectives.  Although the exact nature of the support will vary from project to project, Chiesi are keen to strengthen their relationships with front line providers to the point where they are seen as the partner of choice in their particular therapy areas.

University of Reading
Dr. Kelly Sloan, Manager
The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)             Tel: 0118 378 6951

The Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) occupies a dedicated wing in the Harry Pitt building at the University of Reading and houses a 3T Siemens Trio research-dedicated MRI scanner and high-density EEG laboratory. These facilities are complemented by high resolution stimulus display systems with integrated high-speed eye tracking, MRI compatible EEG, TMS and NIRS systems.

Research at CINN builds upon existing interdisciplinary research into the physiological and psychological mechanisms underpinning complex cognitive behaviours, targeting typical and atypical development and decline in individuals. CINN research involves scientists in Psychology, Pharmacy, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Cybernetics and Clinical Language Sciences.
The educational aspect of CINN is underpinned by interdisciplinary MSc and PhD programmes as well as involvement in European student exchange networks. On-site access to a variety of cutting-edge neuroscience technologies, local expertise and links with the FMRIB neuroimaging group in Oxford provide trainees with unprecedented hands-on training in neuroscience research methodology.

In addition to dedicated CINN facilities, contributing departments house state-of-the-art research laboratories, supporting research in developmental, social and clinical psychology, neurophysiology, psychophysiology, speech and language perception and production, visual and auditory perception and motor systems, genomics, post-genomics, structural and computational biology, computational modelling and pharmacology.

Researchers at CINN also collaborate extensively with NHS clinical units based at the University of Reading that specialize in a range of mental health problems experienced by people over the lifespan, from infancy to older age.

Cross Roads CareMary Jacobs, CEO
Reading Crossroads                        Tel: 0118 945 4209

Reading Crossroads provides respite care for carers, either by looking after a sick / disabled person in their own home whilst the carer has some time away from the home, or via one of our social day care clubs that run for people with specific disabilities.  For example, Hazelwood Club for pre-retirement people with short term memory loss/dementia; Thursday Club for pre-retirement people with physical disabilities and/or sensory impairment; Can Do It Club for older people with disabilities;   Coffee clubs for older people who are lonely and isolated including carers/ex-carers. 

Reading Crossroads also run support clubs for young carers



NIHR Thames Valley DendronOliver Bazin, Helen Collins, Lynn Rigby, Siobhan Gardiner & Alison Farrand
NIHR Thames Valley DeNDRon                   Tel: 01865 234310

Thames Valley DeNDRoN is an NHS-based research network that aims to improve the amount and quality of research in dementias (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and others), ataxia, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease.

Our dedicated team work alongside clinical services to run high-quality, nationally important research within NHS trusts. We offer a specialist research service within the NHS, helping to set up, run and provide research opportunities to patients, carers and clinicians.

Our team supports clinical research in the following regions: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Milton Keynes, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley DeNDRoN is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, which supports research to make patients, and the NHS, better.


Eating Disorders Support
Angela Loewi, Volunteer
Eating Disorders Support                           Tel: 01494 793 223

Eating Disorders Support is an organisation providing help and support to anyone affected by an eating problem such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. It also provides help for those who are caring for or supporting someone with an eating disorder.
Eating Disorders Support is a registered charity staffed and run entirely by trained volunteers, experienced in supporting individuals who have problems associated with eating. Support is provided via a confidential helpline, email or self-help group meetings.
Eating Disorders Support is also able to provide displays, information packs and give talks about eating disorders, to schools and other organisations.

Fibromyalgia Association UK    Pam Stewart, FMAUK Chair
 Fibromyalgia Association UK                    Tel: 0844 887 2499


Fibromyalgia Association UK is a registered charity administered by unpaid volunteers. The majority of volunteers are also fibromyalgia sufferers who work extremely hard, despite their condition, in order to forward the cause of fibromyalgia.  FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families.  This is provided via their website and printed publications.  In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.  Free publications include: Information Booklet; Young People and Fibromyalgia; Guidelines for Medical Professionals.  

In order to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia, an All Party Parliamentary Group has been set up to bring greater awareness and education of the illness and related problems associated with the condition. It also aims to encourage NHS and other funding for new research projects. At present there is very little research being carried out in the UK and sufferers are told there is no cure.  FMA UK have recently conducted a survey of over 500 people with fibromyalgia and assist in research projects whenever possible.

FMA UK operates as a signpost to information and resource for people who are affected by fibromyalgia. From our initial beginnings we have seen the range of services and resources increase. What we can offer is closely tied to the level of donations we receive and other funding sources.


Healthwatch Reading Merlyn Barrett, Development Officer
Healthwatch Reading         Tel: 0118 9023912

Healthwatch Reading has a dedicated Mental Health Officer who looks at mental health services in hospitals and the community.  They work with service users and their families and carers to identify service provision needs which are not met. Healthwatch then write a report which is sent to the commissioners and managers with recommendations, to which they have a duty to respond.

Healthwatch sit on the health and wellbeing board at a local level to influence change and at a national level, Healthwatch England reports findings to Government, as well as the financial watchdogs and the care quality commissioners.

Healthwatch are based in the local community in Reading and work closely with the voluntary and community sector as well as the statuary organisations.

University of Reading Professor Jon Gibbins, Director

The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research             Tel: 0118 378 7096

The Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR) is a multidisciplinary centre that brings together scientists from a wide range of research fields to work to understand the development of cardiovascular diseases and the underlying obesity-related metabolic diseases from which they develop. Cardiovascular diseases, which include heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, are the cause of approximately 200,000 deaths each year in the UK alone, with similar incidence rates across Europe, and North America, and are becoming an increasing burden in rapidly developing nations with very large populations. Substantial progress has been made as a result of biomedical research in the last 3 decades that has resulted in a 50% reduction in the death rate in patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases.
While this is a substantial achievement, current clinical practice does not benefit many patients. More worrying, however, is the incidence rate for cardiovascular diseases that is increasing rapidly, and will soon cancel out the benefit of recent scientific advances. At the heart of this increase is obesity, and the obesity-related metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes, abnormal lipid metabolism, and inflammatory disorders from which cardiovascular conditions develop.
The ICMR seeks to understand the development of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases and using a distinctive combination of research approaches and expertise, are equipped to tackle this developing 21st century healthcare crisis from any number of innovative directions. In the past, the improvement in the treatment of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders has been a key focus of research in this area, with less attention paid to the prevention of disease development. The ICMR bring together these approaches, studying both healthy human and disease processes, to be able to combine the prevention of cardiovascular and metabolic disease development with more effective and safer therapies.


NeuroscienceLilly UKLilly UK            Head Office: 01256 315000
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Lilly UK provides research and development, manufacturing and commercial operations on behalf of Eli Lilly & Company, a major US pharmaceutical manufacturer.
As one of the top UK pharmaceutical companies, Lilly are dedicated to creating and delivering innovative pharmaceutical health care solutions that enable people to live longer, healthier and more active lives.  Lilly’s research priorities are aligned with significant UK health needs including diabetes, heart disease, mental health, cancer and erectile dysfunction. Lilly focus on developing personalised, tailored therapies, using the latest scientific advances.
Their medicines treat diabetes, cancer, schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, erectile dysfunction and other life-threatening and life-changing illnesses.


Lundbeck Lundbeck           Head Office: 01980
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Lundbeck are the UK's leading pharmaceutical company specialising in central nervous system (CNS) disorders, with strong links to academics, clinicians and organisations with interests in CNS disorders, such as depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.  Lundbeck's mission is to improve the quality of life for people suffering from psychiatric and neurological diseases.
They are already contributing to the redesign of care pathways and provision of education for HCPs to improve patient outcomes and help deliver the QIPP agenda. In 2011, Lundbeck enhanced the way it works with the NHS through by a radical restructure, dispensing with the sales force model in favour of an innovative new structure, headed up by 18 Regional Account Directors (RADs). Lundbeck has moved decision-making and budgets closer to its customers by empowering their teams to work locally. Lundbeck's RADs have the autonomy to create local business plans, in line with local needs, the ability to allocate resources to achieve those plans and importantly are not measured on sales figures. The RAD is supported by a team of key account managers, who support the objectives of the local customer and implement plans in those areas, where clinical benefits have been identified and agreed. Lundbeck also deploy a small, separate team of clinical specialists focussed on Parkinson's disease to help meet the needs of customers who specialise in this area of healthcare.
Mental Health Research NetworkEmma Donaldson, Clinical Studies Officer
Mental Health Research Network (MHRN)                                   Tel: 01344 415 642

The Mental Health Research Network is part of the National Institute for Health Research and their mission is to help make research about mental health happen within the NHS in England.  MHRN work with everyone who needs to be involved in research projects – researchers, mental health professionals, people with experience of mental health problems, their families and research and development staff based in NHS trusts.  They support studies that are based within mental health services, within social care services and within primary care services.  The Mental Health Research Network supports randomised controlled trials, service evaluations, qualitative studies, epidemiological research, genetic research and e-science studies. They support multi-centre and multi-site projects as well as small single-site pilot studies.

The Mental Health Research Network support both publicly-funded research studies and projects that are sponsored by industry.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation TrustCharles Rigby, Team Lead
Older People’s Mental Health Liaison Team (OPMHLT)
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust          Tel: 0118 322 8320

The OPMHLT are a specialist service consisting of nurses, doctors, social workers and therapists supporting older people admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital, who may be experiencing emotional, psychological or memory difficulties. Being physically unwell can have a negative impact on a patient’s sense of wellbeing. Anxiety and depression can slow the pace of recovery from physical ailments and the OPMHLT hope to work with the staff on the ward to care holistically for patients and hasten recovery times. Team members are all experienced, specialist practitioners who will complement the ward staff by providing expertise, advice and exaction in mental health. The support they offer will depend upon individual needs and may include: Consultation; Emotional and psychological support for patients and their relatives / carers; Medication; Memory assessment; Signposting to other appropriate services; Information and advice.  The OPMHLT explain and discuss all possible options with patients and their relatives / carers during assessment. Following this, the OPMHLT provide individual care plans if required.

Reading Your WayTogether for Mental WellbeingLiz Hallé, Project Coordinator
Reading Your Way
Nationally – Together for Mental Wellbeing                          Tel: 0118 958 0722

Reading Your Way is a local service available to those in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire offering support to improve mental wellbeing.  From their hub in Oxford Road, Reading they provide a flexible programme of service user led groups and activities, including a daily drop-in in their coffee shop and at venues throughout Reading.  Reading Your Way also offer support to complete a Recovery Star and action plan, accredited peer support training, work experience roles within their centre either paid of voluntary and lunch clubs and other social events in Reading town centre.  Permanent staff work alongside peer support workers to deliver this flexible service.

YPWD Young People With Dementia
Charlie Draper, Project Respite Worker / Operations
Jacqui Hussey, Consultant Psychiatrist, Peter Watson, Chair of Trustees
Rikki Lorenti, Admiral Nurse           Tel:07500 806385 or 07818 555814
YPWD Berkshire West (Young People With Dementia)

Young People With Dementia (Berkshire West) was established as a charity because of a shortage locally of support and practical help to meet the specific needs of people who develop a dementia at an early age and also their families. There are six trustees – four with a background in the NHS and social services and two who have personal experience of living with a family member who developed an early onset dementia.

YPWD aim to fill the gaps identified both by individuals affected by early onset dementia (also known as young onset dementia) and by professionals.
They are currently involved with several projects, some of which are outlined below and they hope to be able to extend them and introduce others. YPWD work closely with the younger people themselves and their families and also with local NHS professionals, to fill an acknowledged gap.
Focus groups initiated by the charity determined the two strand service currently being provided by YPWD Berkshire West. The first was to support the younger person with dementia in maintaining their skills (whether they be practically or emotionally) through meaningful, age appropriate activity. This activity can either be in a group environment or in a 1-1 session, either way it provides respite for the person with dementia and the carer.
The second strand to the current service provision is the support of the carer. On June 17th 2013 YPWD Berkshire West (working with it partner Dementia UK) developed the “first and only Admiral Nurse post for younger people with dementia”. The aim of this post is to support the carers either practically or emotionally through 1-1 support. The role sits alongside local memory clinics but offers an open referral system via the YPWD website, allowing for other professional groups, as well as the carers themselves to refer. This role will aim to extend its reach to primary, as well as secondary care, with the aim of supporting earlier diagnosis in younger people with dementia.
The charity aims to develop its current provision and also continues to advocate for younger people with dementia and the development of age appropriate services including 24/7 residential care.