The Chief Executive of the General Medical Council (GMC) received an insight into the work of the local mental health trust when he visited Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) today (Thursday, 4 January).
Charlie Massey was welcomed by Chief Executive Julie Cave, before being given a tour of the wards at NSFT’s Hellesdon Hospital, followed by an opportunity to talk with doctors.
Mr Massey joined the GMC as Chief Executive and Registrar in November 2016. It is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. It sets standards for medical students and for doctors.
During his visit to NSFT, he spent time on Rollesby Ward, a psychiatric intensive care unit, and Waveney Ward, a female acute ward, and met with staff and service users, before discussing a range of topics with about 40 doctors from across the Trust.
Mr Massey said: “We all know that doctors are working under huge pressures in our healthcare system, but the mental health sector has its own challenges and so it was very valuable to be able to hear, first hand, about doctors’ experiences at NSFT.”
His visit was one of a number of trips he is making around the country to hear from doctors on the frontline and the issues and challenges they face.
Dr Vivek Agarwal, an NSFT Consultant Psychiatrist, based at Hellesdon, organised the visit. He said: “We are very grateful to Mr Massey for taking the time to visit our Trust and find out more about the work we are doing across Norfolk and Suffolk to improve the mental health services we offer to the communities we serve.
“It was a privilege to host a visit by a leading figure in the medical world and have someone so influential listen to what our doctors had to say. And I am certain that Mr Massey goes away from Hellesdon with a much clearer idea about the challenges we face and the efforts we are making to overcome them so we can give the best possible support to our service users and their carers.
“This was a great opportunity to highlight the particular challenges faced by doctors working in the mental health sector, and I am delighted that Mr Massey found the visit both informative and rewarding.”
NSFT provides a wide range of health and social care services, specialising in mental health and wellbeing across Norfolk and Suffolk.
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