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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.

Trust appoints new Chief Executive
Posted 5 March 2014

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Scott, currently Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C), as our new Chief Executive.

Mr Scott, who has more than 30 years’ leadership experience in the NHS and has led NCH&C since January 2012. Mr Scott has experience across social care, the NHS – including as CEO of acute hospital trusts – and Department of Health. He is currently Chair of the NHS Confederation’s Community Health Services Forum. This leading role strives to inform national policy and further improve NHS community services.

Mr Scott will formally take on his new role on in the next couple of months. For more information please read the press release by clicking here.

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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