Trust hosts open day in Norfolk to increase dementia awareness
To mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting an open day at its Hammerton Court dementia unit in Norwich, to offer people the opportunity to find out more about the condition.
On Monday, 19 May 2014, 10am-2pm, the free event will feature taster sessions run by dementia professionals and guest speakers talking about cognitive therapies and techniques that can be implemented in the care of those with dementia.
Representatives from NHS Dementia Research, Age UK, Home Instead, Norfolk Libraries and Norfolk Carers will also be on hand to offer advice. The day provides dementia sufferers and their carers, friends or relatives with the chance to get involved with a working and support group that informs others of the lived experience of dementia.
Lisa Breame, dementia trainer, said: “We hope that people from all walks of life, whether they have dementia, provide care for or support a family member or friend with the condition, work in a care setting or would simply like to find out more about it will come along.”
Trust staff in police control room already making a difference
The appointment of a senior mental health nurse in the Norfolk Police control room has been hailed a success by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner Stephen Bett.
Emergency calls to Norfolk Police in Wymondham are monitored in the control room by highly experienced Mental Health Nurse, Terri Cooper-Barnes, who has 15 years’ experience and is based at Hellesdon Hospital.
Specialist mental health guidance by Mrs Cooper-Barnes and trained members of the control room enables early intervention in mental health related incidents before crisis point is reached.
The partnership between Norfolk Police and the Trust is thought to be among the first in the UK to use the expertise of both organisations in the control room. It allows mental health services to be involved with patients, while reducing pressures on police resources.
Plans are now in place to expand the team over the next few months, and it is hoped that a further three mental health nurses will be added to the hub.
Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, says: “Although this scheme is in its early stages, we are already seeing excellent results and this is proving to be a very successful partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By providing ‘real time’ support, we are ensuring that mental health patients are receiving the most appropriate specialist medical advice from the initial point of contact with the emergency services.”
Dr Jane Sayer, Director of Nursing, Quality and Patient Safety at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is an exciting and progressive service development between Norfolk Constabulary and our Trust that will see police officers and our mental health practitioners working in partnership to assess and support people experiencing a mental health crisis.
“This will help to ensure that vulnerable callers coming to the attention of the police receive a timely assessment of their mental health needs are directed to the appropriate services.”