NHS Long Term Plan

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Norfolk and Waveney wide events by HealthWatch Norfolk

For those who are interested in responding at a more local level and as a resident of Norfolk and Waveney HealthWatch Norfolk has launched a series of surveys to find out the views of all stakeholders on the plan and are also holding a series of focus groups.

To take part in the survey which you feel is relevant to you, please use the links below,

Norfolk or Waveney residents can complete the survey using this link.

Views are also being sought from anyone affected by specific long-term, or multiple health conditions in a more tailored survey which can be accessed here.  Both surveys are open until Sunday 19 May 2019

HealthWatch Norfolk is also holding a series of public workshops. To book a place please visit www.healthwatchnorfolk.co.uk/events

Wednesday 17th April 09.30-12.30 at the Innovation Centre, Thetford
Tuesday 7th May 16.30-19.30 at Holt Community Centre

A British Sign Language event in conjunction with Deaf Connexions has also been planned at The Norwich Deaf Centre.


Healthy Norwich relaunch

In February 2019, following a really successful few years, we held a stakeholder engagement workshop to move Healthy Norwich to its next phase.

The CCG and its Healthy Norwich partners held a ‘re-launch’ event, inviting a wide range of organisations to discuss how its achievements to date can be used as a springboard for the future. It was agreed to establish a ‘movement’ and develop a public-facing narrative, based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing that has widespread appeal, captures people’s imagination and has the potential to start a ground swell of patient engagement and community activation #letsgetbettertogether.

 Healthy Norwich re launchFive Ways to Wellbeing

Adult Mental Health Services

Since mid-2018, the Norfolk and Waveney STP has been working with service users, carers, professionals and the voluntary sector to review the services and support that is available across Norfolk and Waveney for adults with mental health issues.

About 2500 people participated in our engagement exercise, including about 50 people who attended a workshop in Norwich. 

This has given us a clear steer on the areas we most need to focus on and the improvements we need to make. It has also shone a light on those services which are working well, providing vaulable insight into how services could be delivered in the future.

The strategy is published here.

Mental Health Hackathon 2018

mental health hackathon 1mentalhealth hackathon 2Eastern Academic Health Science Network ran the Mental Health Hackathon with the East of England Citizen’s Senate and Form the Future, and invited young people aged 14-25 across the eastern region to explore how to shape local health services. Norfolk sent a minibus with young people to the event and the Norwich CCG engagement lead joined them.

The young people heard from health professionals and patient leaders, sharing personal experiences of mental health issues, before tackling a key challenge in their project groups and pitching their ideas to the judges.

You can find out more about the event in this film.

Co-production with St Martins and Bridges

Bridges is a service the CCG has funded for a number of years. The previous service provider was unable to maintain the contract, leaving the CCG a short period of time to find a new provider.

St Martins Housing Trust agreed to work with the CCG and the members of the Bridges Service to look at how to improve  the service. At the time St Martins took on the delivery of Bridges, the CCG engaged with members of the Bridges Service and with St Martins to understand what mattered most to the members and what they would like to see offered as part of the drop-in sessions.

It now provides mental health support and information on a drop-in basis and also group outings and activities. The aim is to help people manage their enduring mental illness, gain more social confidence and also help them to resolve any housing or financial problems. It is a safe space to meet others who experience similar issues and difficulties.

Bridges presentationThe service helps people regain the ability to engage in everyday social activities. There are always regular activities to join in, such as board games, card games, art and craft. Additional activities include pool, films, cooking, current affairs, photography, quizzes and bingo. Trips are also organised, which include visits to the beach, bike rides, coach trips and ten pin bowling. Bridges is a peer-led group so there is an opportunity to choose the activities that interest each individual.

The CCG returned to Bridges several months later to meet with members again to get feedback on how the drop-in sessions were developing and to check that the sessions were meeting their needs and expectations. The members of Bridges have been very welcoming to the CCG and it is apparent that the service is very dynamic and is led by service-users.

Bridges staff and members reported on the success of this project at the January 2019 meeting of the CCG's Governing Body meeting. You can read their presentation here:  pdf Bridges Presentation (1.19 MB)