Monthly Archives: May 2013

WEST NORFOLK: Dementia patient angry at cutbacks

Sunday 5 May 2013

WEST NORFOLK: Dementia patient angry at cutbacks

A mental health patient has criticised planned cuts in dementia services as a money-saving operation.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust announced two weeks ago that staff numbers in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life services in West and Central Norfolk would be cut from 178 to 137.

The redundancies were said to be part of a four-year strategy involving “huge and complex” changes including new local commissioning arrangements and financial restraints caused by the recession and public spending cuts.

A former patient of the Fermoy Unit in Lynn, James Cramp, 69, of Columbia Way, was concerned about job cuts at the Chatterton House dementia unit and the Fermoy Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Past carers need more help to enable them to return to the work place

Informal Carers: The forgotten employees

Posted By Karen Steadman

01 May 2013

Providing unpaid care for disabled, sick or elderly relatives and loved ones is often a physically and emotionally challenging task for the individual. Informal carers not only reduce the burden on the social care system and therefore the economy, but they often do so with very little support (financial or otherwise) for themselves. This group are also often excluded from the job market, with over a million UK residents providing 50 or more hours of care a week, more than full-time working hours. For those who have fewer hours of caring responsibilities, a lack of flexibility in the workplace may also make continuing work impossible. A survey by Carers UK (in 2011)  found 44% of carers reporting that they had been pushed into debt as a result of the extra costs of caring or of giving up work or reducing working hours to provide care.

Fun day for young carers in West Norfolk

WEST NORFOLK: Time to honour area’s top dads

Youngsters are being urged to say why their dad is the best around ahead of a charity fund day to be held in Lynn this summer.

The West Norfolk Carers are asking children to nominate their dad for a chance to take the title of Best Dad at a charity fun day to be held in The Walks on Fathers’ Day in June.

The Lynn charity works across West Norfolk to support unpaid carers by running support groups for the area’s young carers, which are entirely self-funded.