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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health, substance misuse and learning disability services across Norfolk and Suffolk. The Trust believes in recovery and wellbeing.

Through the provision and co-ordination of high quality, excellent and cost-effective services, with a commitment to research and innovation, the Trust will be recognised as a national leader.

New Chief Executive to start on 27 May
Posted 17 April 2014

Further to my announcement on 5 March 2014 regarding the appointment of Michael Scott as Chief Executive, I am now delighted to confirm that he will officially join us on Tuesday, 27 May.

Michael will be starting at a challenging time for the Trust, when we must ensure that we provide safe and effective service for our service users in this difficult financial environment. We also need to rebuild the trust and confidence of our staff by improving staff engagement and listening to what they tell us. These will be two of his most important priorities.

Michael said: "I am delighted to be starting at last with the Trust and look forward to getting out and about and meeting as many people as possible in my first few weeks."

At present, Michael is Chief Executive at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the NHS, including as chief executive of acute hospital trusts, and in the Department of Health. He is currently chairman of the NHS Confederation’s Community Health Services Forum and has a proven track record and a lifelong commitment to the values of the NHS.

I am sure you will join me in welcoming him to the Trust.

Gary Page, Chair

Helping those in times of a crisis
Posted 1 April 2014

Suffolk Police, in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG, have launched an initiative aimed at improving the joint response to people coming to the attention of the police at times of mental health crisis and ultimately reducing the amount of people detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Following successful trials in Leicestershire, Cleveland and West Midlands a mental health triage car is being introduced in Suffolk, which will see a police officer and mental health practitioner available to attend incidents where people are experiencing mental health difficulties.

Where previously the person may have been detained, for their own protection, under the Mental Health Act and taken to a place of safety, which may have been a police station cell, the practitioner will now be able to assess the individual’s health records and provide an assessment that takes full account of their mental health needs.

The triage car, which will be based with Ipswich response officers but can provide advice and assistance countywide if appropriate, will be available seven days a week during a year-long trial.


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