News release issued by Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
More than 2,000 people have participated in a massive conversation about adult mental health services in Norfolk and Waveney – so far.
This includes service users, their family, carers and professionals in health and care. It has been organised by the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), which is a group of 13 health and social care organisations, such as the NHS and the county councils for Norfolk and Suffolk.
The STP is undertaking an extensive review of adult mental health services to look at how services can be provided in the future so that people are supported in the right place when they need it.
The independent Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney STP is Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, a former Secretary of State for Health.
Mrs Hewitt said: "It is remarkable that so many people have already taken part in the conversation we are having and I would urge as many people as possible to have their say.
"It is only by listening to everyone with experience of mental health, personally and professional, that we can make services fit for the future."
Suggestions to improve mental health services so far includes a desire for more support on offer in communities, to prevent mental ill-health, improve the 'culture' of mental health provision and the need to bolster the mental health workforce.
Among the opportunities for members of the public to have their say have been three public meetings – in King's Lynn, Lowestoft and Norwich – a Facebook discussion and an online survey that is still open. The survey closes on Friday so there is still time to have your say – www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NWMentalHealthReview/
But the conversation will not stop there. The STP is planning further public engagement on mental health services, when it has analysed feedback from the first phase.