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Stopping people with mental health problems ending up
We have exclusive access to the teams who try to get
Also: The growing number of apprentices in the NHS
and what it could mean for you as a patient.
How arsenic may have played a part in her poor eyesight.
BBC South has been given exclusive access to some of the teams
who are trying to stop people with mental health problems
Across the South there's been a big fall in the number ending
up in police cells - down by more than 800 in two years.
But there's been an increase in mentally ill people being taken
to casualty and mental health units - up by more than 800
Our home affairs correspondent Peter Cooke reports.
Side-by-side on the front line, Reading's street triage team links
up a mental health worker and police officer who attend emergency
The team advise those in need about finding suitable care and help
them avoid being taken into custody or hospital.
This man called 999, saying he was depressed
Yeah, it does, but the thing is, when it goes away,
it is still here with me, you know, the mental
Nobody knows what I'm going through, basically.
The scheme will soon be operating seven days a week.
It means that we can do some reviewing in advance
We get some instant updates on the background of people and it
I am hoping that this is something that is going to be seen
as a beneficial service across the whole country
because it will definitely make a big difference,
as it has made a difference in this area.
A team of mental health experts are on hand
at the Royal Berkshire Hospital to support them.
Everyone is now conscious that we need to work as a team.
Most people's problems cannot be solved by a single service,
The team operate 24 hours a day to deal with the ever-increasing
The cost of burying a dead child in Oxford has been abolished
Parents used to be charged ?340 if they lost a child
A small number of councils across the country,
including South Oxfordshire, had already dropped the fees.
A man's been left with back and knee injuries after being
It happened near Serpentine Court in the Water Eaton area.
The 26-year-old man was stabbed several times after a fight broke
out between a group of people on Saturday afternoon.
An investigation's started into a major oil spill
The spill has affected almost two miles of the river.
Booms have been put in the water near Grazeley to stop
The number of apprentices at the John Radcliffe Hospital
in Oxford has doubled in the past year.
The health trust says it's now taking on even more to improve
patient care and tackle the long-term problem of recruiting
17-year-old Olivia has been working at the John Radcliffe Hospital
She is one of almost 30 apprentices here who have taken the decision
At the beginning it was quite scary because you don't really know
anyone, everyone is quite a lot older as well.
And not a lot of people know what an apprenticeship is.
But as they have kind of got to know what I can do,
you do start to feel part of the team.
Clinical apprentice numbers here have doubled in the last year
and Oxford University Hospitals Trust plan to appoint
At the moment we have got about 13 clinical apprentices and 13 business
administration apprentices, and a couple of
But actually, we've had a lot more than that actually move
on to permanent positions or leave to go to university.
So, for a lot of them, it is a real stepping stone into the NHS.
In yesterday's Budget, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond,
pledged an extra ?425 million to the NHS in England
Money for plans to improve local services, but critics say
this is just a cloak to disguise forthcoming cuts.
So, as people continue to fight for their NHS,
is using cheaper apprentices a quick fix to a bigger problem
I do actually want to be a nurse when I'm older,
so I'm going to go down and keep pursuing it.
So I'm not just going to leave it and go and do something else.
Earlier I spoke to Laura Roberts, who's the managing director
of Health Education England - an independent group which sets out
to improve the quality of healthcare through better training.
I asked her who's signing up to be an apprentice in the NHS.
It is a huge variety of people who are signing up at the moment.
We have school leavers, as you say, people particularly
We have apprentices in their 30s, 40s and 50s.
We also, within the NHS, have about...
Over 70% of our apprentices are women.
It is not just about school leavers, it is not just about kind
of traditional manual work, and it is not just for boys.
What about the view that there is a danger of using apprentices
to plug staff shortages, even though they are inexperienced
Oh, I think that has changed quite considerably, really.
The NHS is really keen to almost set the benchmark for high
We produced over 19,000 apprenticeship starts last year
and over 90% of those people carried on working in the NHS at the end
of their apprenticeship, which I think is evidence
that they both received good quality training and there was a real job
From a patient's perspective, in terms of clinical apprentices,
how much responsibility are they given in terms
Oh, they will be very strictly supervised for those apprentices
So they would be ones that are working in, say,
rehabilitation or on the wards and there will always be registered
But apprentices are about way more than just the direct patient care,
we have them in all fields, in admin, in finance,
We have them in gardening, plumbing, electricians.
A marble flowerpot, used in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,
has turned out to be a Roman stone coffin, dating back
The container was discovered by chance when an antiques expert
visited the stately home in West Oxfordshire.
Could this be the most expensive flowerpot in the country?
For many years it was tucked away in the grounds of Blenheim Palace,
but an expert spotted its historic significance - it dates
It's always a lovely surprise to find something like that.
In a place this size, we have so many beautiful artefacts
but it is always surprising to find something you didn't know special
is actually really special, something that you have seen every
day but you did not realise what it was.
It has been valued at ?300,000, but it will not be
It is one of the many treasures of Blenheim Palace.
It was brought here in the early 1800s, you know, why
Visitors to Blenheim can see the sarcophagus but it's not kept
It is inside, given the respect it deserves.
A Harry Potter-inspired sport's tournament is taking place
this weekend, involving a team from Oxford.
Quidditch is one of the fastest-growing
Jonathan Eden has been finding out more.
From the pages of Harry Potter to the fields of Oxford University
parks, Quidditch is fast becoming the most progressive competitive
So it was made about 11, 12 years ago now in America and it
came to the UK a bit later, but it was some people who had
read the books and went, "This would be really cool to try."
So they made it and then obviously, being on the ground,
you have to change some of the rules, but there are things
that are still in the books - both genders playing,
same number of people on the pitch, the same sort of aims,
but it has just become a sport in its own right.
There is basically a new rule book out every year trying to refine
the aspects to make it a better spot.
Each team consists of seven players: A Keeper, three Chasers,
My job is to prevent Hoops and I like it because it involves
less running than a Chaser and I can use my height to intercept.
I'm a Seeker, we come on 80 minutes into the game and the job for us
The Snitch is worth 30 points and when we catch it,
it ends the game, so it is quite make or break.
I'm a Chaser and I play with a Quaffle, and my role
is to throw the Quaffle into the Hoop.
This weekend will see the annual Quidditch Cup with over 30 teams
The team from Oxford University Quidditch Club,
the Oxford Quiddlings, will be battling with clubs
from Reading and Southampton for the top prize.
I'll have the headlines at 8pm and a full bulletin at 10.30pm.
Now more of today's stories with Sally Taylor.
Hampshire and Sussex border. It happens at Row gate just east of
Petersfield. Stay with us to find out
about the power behind the Wessex Warriors as the team
explains a new style There are calls for the resignation
of Surrey County Council leader David Hodge tonight after further
twists in the "sweetheart Letters released last night revealed
the fury of some MPs who thought the county had been promised
40 million pounds of extra cash. The documents obtained after a BBC
Freedom of Information request detail extensive negotiations
to allow the County Council to be the first in the country to keep
all of their business rates. But in Parliament today
the Local Government Secretary answered Labour questions by saying
no deal was done. The BBC has now published a letter
from DCLG officials showing they did in fact offer Surrey more cash
in a unique deal. Did the Secretary of State
know about that letter Surrey approached the department,
as do many other councils before a financial settlement asking
for more money and they made a request being considered
for business rates retention plan There's been a rise in the number
of babies and very young children At Southampton General
there are currently five children under the age of five
who are waiting for transplants, Many will need regular dialysis
while they wait for surgery. Our health correspondent,
David Fenton reports from inside the special unit that
helps keep them alive. Suleman spends three hours a day
three times a week on a dialysis machine. He was given just a 1%
chance of survival as a baby, but he If he didn't have this piece
of equipment here, I don't know, we would really be struggling
with him, so we are very fortunate he has responded
well to this treatment. The team here sees many children
with serious kidney problems. Within 48 hours he was sitting up
and eating and his denial and since then has been astonishing.
Day-to-day, you wouldn't know to look at him.
But the number of patients under the age of four is growing,
The number under the age of four is increasing
because we are diagnosing them better, looking after them better.
Babies and toddlers can take a full adult kidney and thrive if they can
find a donor. Sometimes that is the hardest part.
Growing up in Hampshire, he was constantly bullied
Later, when Daniel Gray was training to be a teacher, he was advised
to hide his homosexuality being told it would give his students
But now the 32-year-old secondary school teacher is hoping to become
the positive role model he never had.
He told our reporter Nikki Mitchell about his nerve-wracking decision
This assembly hall was packed with students having their daily
assembly. On the big screen was a video of me talking about LGBT
history month and I came out to my students. The build up was
nerve-racking, it was tense. As a gay man, I know how important it is
to grow up with positive role models who support you, understand you and
help you see it gets better. We have set up the culture club... There
were shrugs and smiles and a couple of mouths fell open the generally
the reaction was muted, only after the assembly did the reaction
becomes stronger and more positive. I was relieved it went so well. I
sat in the assembly going, oh, my God. He has come out, what is the
reaction going to be? We are the most accepting generation, people
are fine. I was shocked at first but not in a way, oh my God, she is gay
but he came out and in confidence and I thought it was quite
fantastic. Everyone talked about it but everyone reacted positively. It
is a good feeling to know someone else is different and they are OK.
Because I had such a horrendous experience at school, it has been
important to me to come out to the students because I think I want to
be the role model that I never had. My secondary school experience in
Basingstoke I was bullied everyday for being gay, I did not know I was
and they called me names and push me around in corridors. I was upset
every day going home. The schools did not know how to deal with it but
now the schools know how to deal with it. Our job as teachers is not
just back curriculum but about building young people into
competent, strong and individuals and that is why I have done it and I
hope other teachers will see what a positive impact it can have. He is a
role model. How popular is live music
and is there still an appetite Today there's a big effort under way
to try to check up on the health Southampton is playing a major role
and our reporter Chrissy Sturt has been sampling what
the city has to offer. With these incredible vocals, it is
no surprise this student band loves going to gigs in Southampton. It is
a vibrant, it is always happening, there was always something going on.
The engine rooms by the docks so I knew Southampton would be a great
place to study music. But they need help, if it was cheaper to hire
venues, this band could perform even more. That is the kind of
information the survey is after, who is listening to live music and why?
We have a team of students from Solent going out to survey the live
music scene looking at several venues and they are collecting data
from the venues so we can get an accurate data picture of what goes
on in the live music scene in Southampton.
Let's go live to Chrissy now at The Engine Rooms in Southampton,
where they're preparing to hold a live music event this evening.
600 students have bought tickets to be here tonight in the engine rooms,
great atmosphere, they have come to see a band. Georgia, you are a
student questioning people, what do you want to achieve with a census?
The most important thing about the live music census is to raise
awareness nationwide of how important these venues are. Are they
facing threats? Yeah, there are a lot of things challenging small
venues, the rise in business rates, exchange rates decreasing because of
Brexit so it is a worrying time. And you want to see them survived? Yeah,
it is integral to the music scene to have small venues because without a
small stage artists can develop that sounds to play at larger arenas. And
also promoters need to start somewhere small. Thank you so much.
The Wessex Warriors are one of the newer Powerchair football
Formed 18 months ago they're already making a big impact.
They were named the Dorset FA's outstanding club of the year
recently for the opportunities they're providing to disabled
I went along to meet the players and have a go myself.
They are warriors with heart on the pitch, the Wessex team spans all
ages and disabilities. We tried to take out disability because that as
it is turning up and playing and throughout the community there are
so many examples of this throughout all disabilities. Many youngsters
grow up dreaming of playing football. Power chair football has
been a life changer for those like Adam. It is a sport I would not be
able to do but now I can. I can make new friends and play. Lovely touch.
As you can see, I am still getting to grips with using a chair, it
takes skill and touch and precision, a tiny movement and you can be often
away on the left wing. Each chair costs ?7,000 to buy. The funds are
raised through a variety of sources and with every chair is a new
player. Here we go. Goal! Not everyone can control the chair with
their hands. Keith Harris uses his tongue. I became disabled after
contracting an adult strain of flu. I cannot use my limbs. As a
consultant said, the best muscle in the body is the tongue. You need
many skills, including driving the chair. They are sensitive to drive.
They are hard to drive and it is the first skill and then you think about
the positioning and space and knowing where your team mates are.
For those volunteers the reward is remarkable. I love it. I love to see
them smile and have the opportunity that they would not have and one of
the mums said recently she never thought she would have her sons
football shirt on the washing line and that, to me, just says it all. A
lovely group of people and get along and support them if you can.
The women's lacrosse players... Estate is schools tournament Aogo 20
nations will compete at the event taking place in July for ten days
and starts on the 12th. But one of the UK's greatest authors
would have had trouble reading and writing towards the end
of her life because she may Spectacles belonging
to the Hampshire writer Jane Austen have only just been
tested by optometrists. And thrown up some surprising
results that cast new light Ben Moore has taken an exclusive
look at the evidence. She may have been one
of history's greatest writers, but for Jane Austin,
just reading her novels would have Her spectacles have been
at the British library in her writing desk for 20 years,
but only now can they bring Back in the early 19th century,
there were prescription similar to what we have today,
so what we did was have somebody bring in a portable lens meter
so that we could very, The first pair of glasses
have a low prescription. Her second pair show her vision
deteriorated before the final pair showed she lived
in a very blurry world. This could explain why
she died so young. The possibility of her being
poisoned accidentally We know that arsenic can cause
cataracts now and arsenic was often put into medication for other
illnesses, like rheumatism. The spectacles are 200 years old and
made from natural materials like tortoiseshell and glass but one
thing we don't know is whether they were specifically prescribed for
Jane Austen or whether she just bought them from a travelling
salesman, the same way we do when buying reading glasses off the
shelf. Luckily, using modern optometry we can see just what Jane
Austin's eyesight was like. That is plus one. Quite blurred. But you can
cope. This is plus three. Yeah, that is pretty blurred. Getting
difficult. That is 475. I cannot see your face. I can only see my hand.
So, one of the worlds greatest novelists would have had trouble
reading and writing. She would have noticed the difference when the
light was poor and overtime as she aged it would be have been more
important to have a stronger prescription because your eyes need
more help for reading as you age. The British library 12 in
optometrists to offer opinions. A red chance to see things through the
eyes of one of Britain's best love authors -- a red chance. A great
story. I had no idea! I got my bit in defects but it will be cloudy. --
vitamin de fix. Christopher David took this picture
of the morning sunshine This lovely picture
of Abingdon was taken Lovely conditions and allowing
temperatures to rise to 16 Celsius. In some areas at Heathrow it was
16.9. Overnight, we expect clear skies saved Chile at first, three
Celsius but the arrival of the cloud mean temperatures will start to
rise. -- chilly at first. Temperatures tonight by dawn will be
down to six or nine Celsius. A cloudy day tomorrow, spots of rain
in the morning and a fair amount of mist and fog on the coast and for
the Isle of Wight. Some brighter spells developing for western areas
and temperatures up into double figures, not as high as today. Ten
to 11 Celsius. By the cloud and mist and fog tomorrow night, a good deal
of cloud to start the weekend. It may be dense on Saturday morning and
temperatures falling away to eight or nine Celsius. A good deal of
cloud over the weekend, Saturday is the better day for dryness, they
weather front moves in on Sunday but Saturday sees brighter spells in the
afternoon further east slighty more cloud arriving later on with the
arrival of a weather front by Sunday morning. That weather front pushes
in, still uncertainty as to when we have the rain but some outbreaks of
rain in the course of the day. Dry weather over the next few days,
cloud, brightness tomorrow afternoon, and some mist and fog
possible on Saturday, again, through the course of the day, brighter
spells developing in the afternoon and some rain at times but next week
it will turn more settled because high pressure will start building.
Despite the cloud, send us your pictures. Does that mean next week
is spring? Not officially but possibly. I pressure will develop.
There'll be a news summary at 8pm and we'll be back at 10:30pm.
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