Online help for carers

Carers UK, the five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Norfolk County Council have launched Carer UK Norfolk. This is a free resource available to all people who are unpaid carers in Norfolk to provide resources and guidance to support their caring roles.

Register for our FREE digital resources and get the help you need today.

Caring for a loved one who is ill, disabled or older can be valuable and rewarding, but without the right support, caring can have an impact on your health, your job, your finances and your social life.

We have teamed up with Carers UK to offer carers in our region a comprehensive solution that brings together Carers UK’s digital products and online resources with our own information and support for carers onto a single webpage.

What’s included?

  • About Me: building resilience for carers: an e-learning resource that helps carers identify and build networks of support and promotes their self-care.
  • Jointly: our care co-ordination app for people sharing care.
  • The role of good nutrition when caring for someone: an e-learning course that aims to help carers understand the role of nutrition both for themselves as well as the person they are looking after.
  • Upfront Guide to Caring: a simple assessment tool to guide people new to caring or seeking support for the first time to navigate the Carers UK website.
  • Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide: which helps carers understand their rights as a carer and where to go for financial or practical help.
  • Being Heard: a self-advocacy guide for carers: which helps carers develop the skills to self-advocate.
  • Technology and care: a suite of resources on technology-enabled products and services that can support care and caring
    Our own information and support resources for carers

We're recruiting for our new Admiral Nurse service

The NHS and Dementia UK are advertising for a senior dementia nurse to lead their new Admiral Nursing service in central Norfolk.

And the amount of money being invested into the service, to help local people live more positively with dementia, has risen by £100,000 to £700,000 a year.

New inpatient unit for new mums

New mothers with serious mental health problems will be able to receive specialist inpatient help closer to home when Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT opens the region’s first dedicated mother and baby mental health unit.

The eight-bed unit - which will ensure mums and their newborns can stay together while the mother is receiving acute psychiatric care - will be based at Hellesdon Hospital, in Norwich. Due to open in 2018, it will take referrals from across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, as well as other parts of the country.

Mental health acute capacity review

An independent report exploring initiatives aimed at relieving the pressure on local mental health beds has been published in full.

The independent review was jointly commissioned by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS FT (NSFT) and the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Norfolk and Waveney in response to increasing demands on mental health services. This has resulted in some patients needing to be sent for inpatient care out of the local area at times of high pressure.

NSFT has made it a priority to reduce the number of out of area placements of its patients but as demand for all Trust services has increased - in 2015-16, NSFT saw 22,000 more patients than in 2012-13 - OOAs have also increased.
 

Advice clinics at the doctor's

Cotman Senior Support at the Doctors Team 1People over the age of 60 in Norwich who would like a little extra help with housing issues or their benefits are being invited to use an advice service based in two GP surgeries.

Cotman Housing Association is running a pilot scheme called “Senior Support at the doctors” from both Lionwood Surgery and St Stephens Gate surgery. Trained advisors are running clinics that people can just ‘walk in’ and ask about, make an appointment or be referred by their GP or nurse.

The sort of things they can help with include housing, adaptations at home to make everyday living easier and safer, advice on getting help at home, benefits, care alarms and making new friends or finding new things to do for a fulfilling life. The overall aim is to help people keep independent at home and reduce loneliness.

Special event asks “what can you do?”

People from across Norfolk and Waveney will be encouraged to plan for their future, speak openly to their loved ones about death and make dying well a natural part of a good life at a special event next week.

Taking place at The Forum in Norwich on Tuesday 9 May, the drop-in event has been organised to tie in with national Dying Matters awareness week, which this year has the theme “what can you do?”