NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has received the green light from NHS England & Improvement to go ahead with a programme of work to join up organisations providing community mental health (MH) services across the health and social care system in the area.
The Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership is using mental health transformation funds to improve services for adults and older adults. The funding of just over £2 million to spend in 21/22, will be used to improve access to services for adults with moderate to severe mental health conditions including eating disorder, those in need of mental health rehabilitation and those with a personality disorder. Increased funding will be available for the next 2 years to address the social causes that impact on mental health, tackle inequalities and support people to live better in the community.
Nearly one million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been given out in Norfolk and Waveney since the start of the vaccination rollout in December.
According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement 948,430 doses have been administered in the biggest vaccination drive in health service history.
Emma Ratzer (pictured) has been appointed as the first Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector) Health and Social Care Assembly. The appointment was announced by the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership which brings together the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector to improve health and care in our area.
The idea for the VCSE Health and Social Care Assembly has been developed by representatives of the VCSE sector - including Community Action Norfolk, Community Action Suffolk, Voluntary Norfolk and Momentum - working together with NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Norfolk County Council. As Chair, Emma will now lead the next stage of the work to develop an effective VCSE Assembly which can build stronger and more equitable partnerships between our large, diverse and vibrant voluntary sector and NHS and social care organisations.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (10-16 May) is a joint campaign from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, and at-risk groups, and encourages patients to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool. There are 12.3 million people in the UK at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But for many people there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. That’s why we are raising awareness of the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and how to reduce it.
Dr Clare Hambling is the GP clinical lead for diabetes with Norfolk and Waveney CCG: “It’s really important that we raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes as it is often preventable through lifestyle choices. You can prevent Type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.