More dementia support in Norfolk

Every person in Norfolk diagnosed with dementia will be offered information and advice on the range of support available to them as part of a new countywide project to help patients and their carers cope with the life-changing impact of the illness.

Being told that you or a loved one has dementia can be a traumatic and worrying time.

But from this month, anyone in Norfolk diagnosed with the condition will be offered a pack containing details of the free help and support available to patients and carers.

Chief Officer being recruited

NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group is recruiting a Chief Officer. The ad is on NHS jobs .

Following a productive and successful tenure, our current Accountable Officer has moved on. As a result, we are now starting the process to identify and appoint the individual who will play a key role in leading Norwich’s continued
success in what will be a challenging but rewarding time ahead.

This executive leadership post is responsible for ensuring the interests of our patients and communities are at the centre of the CCG’s decisions, and that voices of our 22 member practices are heard.

Norwich CCG has made real progress in improving care for patients:

It’s YourNorwich programme is developing and integrating patient care. Already it has introduced:

  • A virtual ward
  • Community IV service
  • Sleep service for families of disabled children
  • Enhanced care home support by GPs
  • A database www.yournorwich.org to promote care offered by local voluntary groups
  • A support service led by Age UK

The Healthy Norwich programme has just awarded more than £85,000 in grants to 23 local organisations to run prevention and improvement schemes to local areas.

In the face of unprecedented pressures on urgent care and hospital services, the CCG has led and collaborated resilience measures to improve care for patients and invests more in mental health than many other areas of England.

Dr Chris Price, Chair of NHS Norwich CCG Governing Body, said: “We are proud of what we have achieved for our patients, on behalf of our Member Practices so far.

“The CCG is now looking for a dynamic and inspiring leader with the gravitas to unite colleagues and stakeholders across the local health economy. In doing so, they will build on the strong foundations already made by the CCG and help to deliver the fundamental transformation required to ensure our population continues to receive outstanding care and services, whilst maintaining value for money.”

Interviews will be held in early August 2015.