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Norfolk mental health trust praised in national report

PUBLISHED: 17:14 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 17 April 2018

Hellesdon Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Hellesdon Hospital. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The region’s mental health trust has been praised for the support it provides to patients with learning disabilities and autism.

Peter Bates, who wrote a national report on the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT)’s work on the Green Light Toolkit, said it should “proud” of its improvements.

The NSFT was one of five mental health trusts to feature in a review of initiative, which was introduced by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) in 2013.

The toolkit helps trusts respond to people who have a learning disability or autism on top of a mental illness.

NSFT adopted it in October 2015 and has trained 184 “Green Light Champions” to promote best practice.

Mr Bates said: “Significantly, the trust has continued to invest in the Green Light agenda and it is this that has delivered the year-on-year improvements of which the Trust can be justly proud.”

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