NSFT conference on mental health, alcohol and drugs

Service users and their families, health and social care professionals and anyone with an interest in mental health are invited to a special event looking at the complex needs of people who have mental health problems and use substances – sometimes referred to as dual diagnosis.

The aim of the event is to bring together a raft of information and professional perspectives about this mental health condition and to provide valuable insight into the lived experience and support available for individuals and their family.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust’s (NSFT) Governors will host the half-day conference, called ‘Mental Health, Drugs, Alcohol... Complex needs. Effective responses?'

At the event there will be a variety of speakers from across the wider mental heathcare system that will help explore the following:

• Context and history around the concept of dual diagnosis, types of substances and their mental health impacts, and the challenges in responding to these
• Current research and assessment of local needs
• Exploration of effective approaches and access to services
• Lived experience, the complexity of the challenge and positive outcomes
• The impact of homelessness on wellbeing and the role of housing in recovery
• Insight into primary care and the pressures and challenges of shared care
• The Walnut Tree Project and the additional complexities of working with veterans

Nigel Boldero, an NSFT Governor who has been involved in planning the event, said: “ Effective support for people with both mental health and substance misuse issues challenges us all. This event looks at the problem from personal and professional perspectives and explores how we can work together more effectively through group discussion, a question and answer session and information points on local sources of support and services.

“It also provides a great opportunity for people wanting to find out about Trust membership and for existing Members to engage with the Trust’s Governors.”

Mental Health, Drugs, Alcohol... Complex Needs. Effective responses? takes place on Thursday, 2 March at The King’s Centre, King’s Street, Norwich, between 12.30pm and 4.30pm.

Anyone who would like to attend should book their place in advance by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Substancemisuseandmentalhealth2017Mar

Pimp My Zimmer!

Pimp My Zimmer 3Care homes in Norwich are being encouraged to take part in ‘Pimp My Zimmer’.

Some care homes have already made a start, getting residents to decorate their walking frames.

Why? Well it’s great fun but it’s also much, much more than that:

  • It helps older people recognise their own walking frame when they want to walk. If they pick the wrong walking frame that is not adjusted for their height then they are at much greater risk of falling.
  • The personalisation helps people connect with their frames – especially for those living with a cognitive impairment or dementia. The more colourful the better, as often grey frames “disappear” into their surroundings and are difficult to see.
  • Doing things and having fun makes life better. The care homes that have embraced ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ have been enriching their residents’ lives.
  • Social exclusion is a problem in our society. Schools and colleges could bring the generations together by helping their local care home decorate walking frames.
  • It is something children can do with their granny or granddad.

 

Dementia Friendly Norwich launch

Businesses, charities and a range of public bodies will be coming together in a new
bid to make Norwich a dementia friendly city.

The event on January 25 at the Forum will publicly unveil the Norwich City Dementia
Action Alliance and the pledges that founding members have made. The Sheriff of Norwich, Richard Marks, will declare the Alliance launched.

More ‘on the day’ appointments - GP practices go the extra mile to ease ‘winter pressures’

Patient with GP at Norwich Practices Health CentreMore appointments to see a GP or nurse practitioners are being laid on throughout Norfolk this winter. Most practices will be offering extra ‘on the day’ appointments, between now and early March 2017.

Dr Simon Cooke, a GP in Norwich and Chair of OneNorwich - the new alliance of GP Practices in the city - said: “GP Practices are doing their bit to help a growing number of patients who feel unwell because of winter - and help ease the pressure on the wider NHS that it is always under.”

Antek Lejk, chief officer of both North and South Norfolk CCGs added: “All of the NHS feels extra pressure during winter and many staff go the extra mile to ensure patients receive the care they need, when they need it.

“Many GP practices changed their appointment slots to offer more ‘on the day’ appointments over Christmas and New Year. We are grateful to them for again rising to the challenge.”

At each practice there may be a handful extra appointments per day, or more offered in a block. But added together, the numbers are impressive - across all the participating Norfolk practices over about 8 weeks there will be nearly 12,000 additional appointments offered.