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Two new non-executive directors appointed to board of mental health trust

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (NWMHFT) is pleased to announce the appointment of two non-executive directors; Deborah Cadman, OBE and Brian Parrott.

The appointment of the two non-executives coincides with the exciting proposal to merge
NWMHFT with Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Deborah Cadman will join the NWMHFT Board and Brian Parrott will join the Board of the
Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust once the merger is agreed.

Deborah Cadman is currently the chief executive officer of the East of England Development
Agency. Although a Norfolk resident, Deborah has held roles in Suffolk, including chief executive officer to St Edmundsbury Council, and trustee for Suffolk Community Foundation.

Deborah said: ‘I am thrilled to have been appointed and look forward to working with the Trust, its governors and service users and using my experience and skills to support the Trust.

‘Working in the public sector for the last 27 years has given me a great insight into the need for a smarter, more business based approach to delivering the best services, ensuring that service user needs are met and protected.’

Brian Parrott is a former director of social services, former primary care trust chair, and has held a non-executive director role for Monitor, the independent regulator for NHS foundation trusts. He lives in Suffolk and has chaired Suffolk Family Carers since 2006.

Brian commented that, regardless of his wider interests and his consultancy work currently, his heart is in East Anglia and in trying to influence the best possible services for vulnerable
children and adults and those who care for them. He said:

‘I am delighted at the prospect of joining a newly merged Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust at this critical time, subject of course to government approval, and to working with people across Suffolk and Norfolk to reduce mental ill health and it's social consequences.’

Maggie Wheeler, chair of Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust said:

‘We had some really strong applicants for these roles. I am so pleased that people are wanting to join the Trust. Deborah and Brian bring experience and knowledge from different backgrounds, and will really enhance the skills we already have on the Board.

‘Brian is very much involved in the Suffolk community, and Deborah has worked at a senior
level in the county which will really help us as we move towards a merged trust’.

The Trust is still looking to appoint a third new non-executive director and the Chair is
particularly keen to hear from those with a clinical background. Candidates must live in Norfolk or Suffolk. For an informal discussion please contact Maggie Wheeler, chair of the Trust on 01603 421421.


Notes for editors:

  • As an NHS organisation, the 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.
  • 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.​