People with an interest in mental healthcare are being invited to attend Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) AGM to find out more about the care it provides and its commitment to making sure the voices of service users are heard.
The event, called “Voices for Change”, will take place on Thursday, 10 October at the Forum, on Millennium Plain in Norwich.
During the day, a special exhibition called “Recovery: How Art Helps Us” will be held in the Atrium, showcasing work created by service users for whom art has played a significant role in their recovery. It will include pieces in a range of different mediums, each of which will be accompanied by a short description explaining what it means to the person who created it.
One of the Trust’s art therapists will be on hand to answer questions and talk to the public about how creativity can support recovery, while people attending will be able to meet some of the Trust’s Pets as Therapy (PAT) dogs, who visit patients on the wards.
NSFT’s services, including the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS), carers support, wellbeing and dementia, will also hold stalls, while jobseekers will be given the chance to find out more about roles available with the Trust.
The AGM will begin at 1pm in the Auditorium where the Board will highlight their work to improve quality, safety, service user experience and outcomes and the support of the Council of Governors. There will also be time for questions.
NSFT Chair Marie Gabriel CBE said: “We would like as many people as possible to come along to our AGM and hear more about the work we are doing to improve the quality and safety of the services we provide.
“We’ll also be shining a spotlight on the importance of listening to and working alongside our service users and carers to improve their experience of care, care outcomes and the Trust itself. The event will provide us with an additional opportunity to have a wider dialogue with our members, residents and partners and to hear their views.
“The AGM will also give people the chance to view some inspirational artwork created by service users, as well as meeting some of our fantastic PAT dogs and their owners, who give up their time to visit our wards and spread some cheer among patients and staff.
“So please do join us on the 10th and find out more about the services we provide and our plans to further improve care for everyone in Norfolk and Suffolk over the coming months and years.”
Following the formal meeting, staff from the Trust’s Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit will be on hand to talk about their work before the event closes with a pop-up mindfulness session.
There is no need to book a place and everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be available from 12.30pm in The Gallery.
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