Date of release: Friday, July 11, 2014

Margaret Mizen MBEMargaret Mizen MBE, the renowned campaigner who works to improve the lives of young people, has helped launch a new health and social care partnership between the University of Greenwich and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

Mrs Mizen spoke at the launch of the Institute for Integrated Care at the Greenwich Campus. In their new venture, the university and Oxleas will strengthen their successful partnership, combining their expertise in health education to carry out research, explore service improvements and identify areas of good practice in teaching, recruitment and staff development.

Nearly 100 people attended the launch event, including staff and students from both organisations, key stakeholders and senior representatives from health and social care organisations in south-east London. They heard Mrs Mizen give a moving and inspirational talk about the murder of her son, Jimmy, in 2008, and the impact this had on her and her family.

She and her family co-founded The Jimmy Mizen Foundation, which has the aims of making life safer for young people by promoting community participation and increasing awareness of the consequences of violent crime. Mrs Mizen also spoke of her experiences of being a carer for two of her nine children, one of whom has a learning disability and one who has mental health problems, and the necessity for health and social care services to support families by working in close partnership with them.

Dr Ben Thomas, Professional Advisor for Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing at the Department of Health, also spoke at the event.

Dr Linda Burke, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university¹s Faculty of Education & Health, says: “We are delighted that so many of our friends and partners from health and social care organisations joined us to celebrate the launch of the joint Institute for Integrated Care. I am confident that this will strengthen even further the partnership between the University and Oxleas, and provide the opportunity to grow research and develop exciting innovations in education.”

Wilf Bardsley, Director of Nursing and Governance for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, says: “Developing the Institute for Integrated Care really cements the relationship between the University of Greenwich and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and is the fruit of the hard work both organisations have undertaken over the last few years. For the future, it gives us a great opportunity to work together to promote good practice and to jointly support further innovation and research.”

To find out more about studying health courses at the University of Greenwich see http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/health or call 020 8331 9000.

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Picture: Margaret Mizen.