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500 jobs to go in mental health services – Norfolk and Suffolk – Where is the Care?

Suffolk and Norfolk mental health shake-up concerns

SMHP's chief executive Aidan Thomas Aidan Thomas, the chief executive of the trust, hopes change will improve the service

Concern has been raised over the pace of a major shake-up of mental health care in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is looking to cut up to 500 staff as it tries to make savings of £40m.

The Trust told the Norfolk and Suffolk scrutiny panel, meeting to oversee plans, that the concerns were being addressed.

Panel chairman Alan Murray said members broadly backed the need for a reorganisation.

The new strategy includes addressing people at an earlier stage of their illness to try and avoid the need for care beds to be used.

Call for carers to help shape future of NHS trust in Norfolk and Suffolk

Carers in Norfolk and Suffolk are being given the opportunity to be involved in a pioneering programme to redesign mental health services.

Carers of people with mental ill health are being invited by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to join a monthly focus group dedicated to helping the organisation shape future services.

The focus group is part of an innovative project called Radical Pathway Redesign, which sees doctors, psychologists and other mental health professionals taking a fresh look at what, where and when the Trust provides treatment.

The group, announced during Carer’s Week <18 – 22 June>, will directly influence the programme by putting forward thoughts, ideas and suggestions about how services can be improved.

Norfolk NHS conference sees vision of improved mental health care

A vision of improved nursing training and care to prevent a repeat of recent scandals involving dementia and mental health patients was delivered at an NHS conference in Norfolk yesterday

By dominic bareham
Saturday, May 12, 2012
12:02 PM

The NHS Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust wants to revitalise the traditional caring and supportive role of nurses following recent reports over a failure in the most basic care given to dementia and mental health patients.

In October, a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed inspectors made 100 unannounced visits to hospitals across the country to assess dignity and nutrition standards and found 55 cases where the care received by elderly patients was “alarming.”

Particular areas of concern were a lack of support for those who needed help eating, poor hygiene and curtains not being closed properly.

Locally, the CQC has given the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston three warnings about the standard of patient care.