Support cost effective medicine prescription and help save money

People in Norfolk and Waveney are being urged to support "cost effective medicine prescribing" and help to save the NHS money.

The call comes as part of the ongoing 'Your Medicines, Your NHS' campaign, which aims to reduce the £4.7m* cost of medicine wasted in Norfolk and Waveney each year.

The final phase concentrates on using generic medicines wherever appropriate, as opposed to branded products which can be up to 80% more expensive. Using the strapline "cost effective medicine", health bosses hope to raise awareness that on occasions, GPs may prescribe non-branded medicines (generic), which do exactly the same job and have been tested to the same rigorous standards as the well-known branded versions. Savings on generic medicines can then be reinvested into health services elsewhere.

The campaign has been organised by Norfolk and Waveney's five clinical commissioning groups - Great Yarmouth and Waveney, North Norfolk, West Norfolk, Norwich and South Norfolk - which together spent £167m on 23 million prescription items between March 2015 and 2016.

Prescribing generic medicines has saved the NHS £7.1 billion since 1976 and allowed more than 490 million more items to be prescribed without an increase in total spending**. Currently, nearly eight out of 10 prescriptions in the UK are for generic drugs.

Ian Small, Head of Medicines Management for the Norfolk CCGs, said: "We hope that people will take on board this important message and help us to save the NHS money by supporting the use of cost effective medicines whenever they can."

To find out more about the campaign, visit www.greatyarmouthandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk and click on the links from the homepage. Alternatively, you can follow the campaign on Twitter @YourMED_YourNHS and use the hashtags #costeffectivemedicine and #yourmedicines.

Healthy Norwich innovation grants up for grabs

Healthy Norwich logoCan your community group come up with a really innovative way to help people in the Norwich area lead healthier and happier lives?

Because you can now apply for thousands of pounds of funding from Healthy Norwich, the campaign run by the NHS and local councils to improve lifestyles and promote good health.

The money will fund small projects that encourage and support local people to lead healthier lives. For example to prevent people from smoking, to support their mental wellbeing or help people maintain a healthy weight.

£40,000 is being offered in grants by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, one of the partners in Healthy Norwich, in association with Norfolk Community Foundation. If there are enough really good ideas, it will consider making more money available. Each grant will be for a maximum of £5,000 but time is running out, applications need to be in by 5pm on 13th April, 2017.

You can apply online at http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/health-wellbeing-innovation-grants-2016-2018/.

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.