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Trust hosts psychology and psychotherapy engagement event

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is inviting service users, carers, commissioners and partner agencies to take part in the planning of future psychology and psychotherapy services across the two counties.

The Trust is hosting a psychology and psychotherapy strategy engagement event on Thursday, 30 October, at the Carnegie Room in Thetford. This will provide an opportunity for service users and carers to meet Trust staff, partner agencies and commissioners to share information and plan ahead.

Claire Lussignea, professional lead for psychology and psychotherapy in Norfolk and Waveney, said: "We want to develop a strategy that meets regional challenges and ensures the continued delivery of excellent services.

"We know what already works well and we need to build on it. We're also interested in finding alternatives to traditional medical models and we'd like to create low stress environments in which to deliver our services. Our recommendations need to be based on good evidence and we value input from our staff and service users across the two counties."

The Trust is keen to meet current challenges and reach out to those people who are less likely to ask for help with their mental wellbeing. Evidence suggests that men are often far more reluctant to ask for support than women.

The event will help the Trust examine ways of redressing the balance for those in our performance-driven society who are affected by pressures at work, by helping organisations to improve wellbeing and morale among their workforces.

Anna Vizor, professional lead for psychology and psychotherapy in Suffolk, added: "NICE has set high standards for training, supervision and monitoring, but further research is needed and our services need to be developed further.

"There is a high level of demand for our services and we are fortunate to receive active support from carers, volunteers and peer support workers. We also need to consider how best to modify our organisation and develop our partnerships."