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Board of Governors meets in Swaffham

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust's board of governors will meet in
public in Swaffham on April 6.

At the public board meeting the Trust's carers’ council will present an overview of what it has achieved in 2010 and the work that is planned for 2011. The chair of the Trust's service users’ council will provide an update to the governors on occupational therapy and complementary therapy.

The board of governors represents the views of people across Norfolk and Waveney and helps shape the direction of the Trust.

The public are also invited to an informal ‘meet your governors’ session being held between
12.00 and 1.30pm before the board meeting. At this session questions can be asked or issues raised on a one to one basis.

The board of governors meeting will start at 1.30pm in the Dr Harvey Room, EcoTech Centre, Swaffham, PE37 7HT. Refreshments will be available from 1pm.

The board of governors hold their meetings in public quarterly and the papers for the public
meeting can be accessed on the Trust website at:

If you would like to contact the Governors, please email
Alternatively, please contact Trust Management for further information on 01603 421159.


Notes for editors:

• As an NHS organisation, Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is part of the health service in the area.
• The Trust became a foundation trust on 1st February 2008.
• The Trust provides specialist mental health services, whilst specialist physical care is provided by the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn and the James Paget University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
• The Trust also provides a forensic psychiatric service for those referred from the judicial
system, to all of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
• Norfolk &Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation boasts some of the lowest bed numbers and occupancy rates in the country - testament to the integrated acute services really working.
• The Trust also works in partnership with its commissioners and with other statutory and
voluntary agencies to ensure a comprehensive service to the local population. For instance, the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) works closely with the local authorities' education services, staff working with older people have links with the Alzheimer’s Society and Age Concern, and the Forensic Service works closely with the courts and Prison Service. All specialties work to re-integrate service users into the community
• 2 600 staff are employed by the Trust, to provide a variety of clinical and non-clinical support to service users. The non-clinical support is provided by the business support functions, e.g. maintenance services, health records and other corporate functions. It is because of this integrated way of working that the Trust is able to deliver innovative and quality services.

Recent Investments

• The Trust’s Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Unit opened in Spring 2009. Designed by and for service users and their carers with the support of staff, this purpose built facility is carbon neutral, having being designed to the highest standards of specification and efficiency. The unit provides 10 psychiatric intensive care unit beds and 12 low secure beds for people experiencing serious episodes of mental illness.
• The Trust has begun building work for its new Dementia Intensive Care Unit which will expand the existing services the Trust provides and will look to provide for the growing need for these services in the medium term as well as supporting research in this area. The 36-bed Dementia Intensive Care Unit (DICU) will be built at the Trust’s Julian Hospital site in Norwich and is set to open in May 2012. The DICU will become the core of the Trust’s dementia care service providing expertise, training, care delivery, academic research and reputation and will equip the Trust to be the leaders on world-class dementia care in Norfolk.
• The Trust is closely aligned with commissioner needs and has developed a very clear
understanding of the growing mental health issues across the region. In particular they are
working closely with Commissioners in developing the Improving Access to Psychological
Therapies service (IAPTs). With other new opportunities to both expand existing and grow new services, the Trust is well positioned to respond as tenders are developed.​