Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Aidan Thomas. Photo : Steve Adams

Mental health trust boss to present proposals on job and inpatient bed cuts to Norfolk health committee

Thursday, November 15, 2012
3.11 PM

The boss of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust will explain to councillors next week why the NHS trust is proposing to axe 500 jobs and cut inpatient beds from 375 to 289.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Norfolk and Waveney will present plans about the ‘radical pathway redesign’ for mental health service at the next Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting at 10am on Thursday, November 22 at County Hall, in Martineau Lane, Norwich.

The mental health trust is proposing to shed 502 front-line jobs over the next four years through a radical redesign which it says is being led by clinicians. The trust is hopeful it will not have to make any compulsory redundancies and says inpatient beds will only be axed when there is evidence they are no longer needed.

Beds are also proposed to be reduced, from 225 to 172 in Norfolk and Waveney and from 150 to 117 in Suffolk. At the committee meeting, which members of the public can attend, NSFT’s chief executive Aidan Thomas, pictured, will present the plans, which include a new access and assessment service covering the whole of Norfolk and Suffolk, a new service delivery model within Norfolk based on three locality areas (Great Yarmouth and Waveney, West Norfolk and Central Norfolk), and new roles and ways of working for staff.