Suffolk Foundation Trust

Scores of mental health patients in “acute distress” were sent out of Norfolk and Suffolk for care - despite five years of promises that the practice would end.

The new boss of the region’s failing mental health has a difficult task in front of him - to turn around a trust first branded as inadequate four years ago and twice again since.

The new boss of the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) has said his focus will be on improving the quality of service but he can only do it with the support of his staff.

The family of a teenage girl who died while battling anorexia have welcomed a coroner’s demand for change at the region’s mental health trust.

Concerns have been raised over where mental health nurses to be placed in doctors’ surgeries are going to come from amid a shortage in the profession.

A mum who was “the life and soul of the party” was discharged by the mental health service less than a month before she took a lethal overdose.

A man caught with about 200 wraps of cocaine and heroin between his buttocks has been jailed for more than five years.

The health secretary Matt Hancock visited Norwich on Thursday to speak to women affected by the surgical mesh scandal.

Support for people suffering mental ill health will be “beefed up” in the period following Brexit over fears of how it could impact them.

More than half of NHS staff in Norfolk are working extra hours to help prop up the health service, it can be revealed.

The word apprentice tends to conjure up images of fresh-faced youngsters.

A crisis hub pegged to help stem the number of mental health patients sent miles away due to a lack of beds has been delayed by a year in part due to debates over the building it will be in.

The situation facing Suffolk and Norfolk’s struggling mental health trust has been dubbed “scandalous” after it emerged patients in crisis are still being sent hundreds of miles away for treatment.

NHS bosses have admitted there is no “definitive timeline” for when changes will be made to the region’s failing mental health services.

Police have had to appoint a dedicated officer to deal with crimes at mental health hospitals because they are receiving so many calls.

Health bosses have been urged to listen to how patients want to see mental health services change as they decide on a future for the region’s troubled provision.

“You have to wait for someone to recover or to die to get help.”

The troubled mental health trust in Suffolk and Norfolk could be split into three, we can reveal.

A cross-party group of MPs have demanded the “chaos and confusion must end” over the region’s failing mental health care provision.

New mothers and heavily pregnant women with serious mental health problems will soon be able to receive help without being separated from their babies, as a new £4m unit in Norwich is about to open.

A 24-year-old man has admitted he is at breaking point after waiting more than a year to receive treatment from the region’s mental health trust.

Mental ill health in men has been called an epidemic. Health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at why men are struggling, and what is being done to highlight the issue.

Bosses from the region’s mental health trust and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in King’s Lynn have said improvements have been made since they were placed in special measures.

“Media hype” has been blamed for causing anxiety in those under the care of the mental health trust. Health and political correspondent Geraldine Scott says that’s a denial of the issues at hand.

Suffolk’s mental health trust needs a “culture change”, leaders have told the first council meeting chaired after its third ‘inadequate’ health inspection.

The grieving family of an anorexic teenager who took her own life told of the agony of losing the “beautiful, intelligent and caring young lady”.

A Norfolk charity founder who suffered post-natal depression is looking forward to “giving hope” to other parents in her role at the region’s new mother and baby mental health unit.

The family of an anorexic teenager who took her own life say they were “failed by everyone” before her death.

Up to 500,000 lives could be saved under plans for the NHS in England over the next decade, health chiefs claim. But what does the announcement mean for Norfolk and Suffolk? Health correspondent Geraldine Scott explains.

A senior manager at the region’s mental health trust’s troubled crisis service was previously dismissed from another NHS organisation for gross misconduct, it can be revealed.

Mental health services for those with more serious issues at a Norfolk prison have been taken back into NHS hands from private firm Virgin Care.

As the new year begins, public affairs correspondent Dan Grimmer takes a look at six of the biggest challenges which the region is facing in 2019.

Whether it is a kick around at the park or walking out in front of an 80,000 strong crowd at Wembley, there is a level for everybody in football.

One of the county’s worst performing healthcare trusts could merge with Norfolk’s best in a bid to bring together care in the community.

A Norfolk MP has called for urgent action after claiming people with mental health issues are still being unlawfully detained and transported in police vehicles.

Mental health campaigners will head to London to demand better mental health care in the region.

MPs have called for swift and decisive action to improve mental health services in our region.

Dementia training for staff at the region’s mental health trust does not match up to recommended standards, a former staff member has claimed.

The boss of the region’s busiest hospital admitted he considered resigning when he saw the inspection report which placed the organisation into special measures.

MPs in Suffolk and Norfolk hope to meet with regulators over the future of the region’s crisis-hit mental health trust before Christmas, it has emerged.

Two artists are putting the finishing touches to bespoke murals which will help create a calming and welcoming environment at a new inpatient unit providing specialist care for mothers with serious mental health problems.

A distraught mother has described Suffolk’s mental health service as “farcical” and claims it is failing families after her daughter attempted to take her own life – but was not sectioned.

“The phone would just ring and ring and ring.”

Nearly £32m has been cut from mental health services in the region in the last five years, it has been claimed.

Volunteers are needed more than ever inside hospitals. Rachel Moore asks if you have it in you to become one

These statistics lay bare the situation faced at the region’s mental health trust, as it has once again been placed in special measures.

The top inspector of England’s hospitals has not ruled out asking the government to take over the region’s failing mental health trust.

The boss of the region’s failing mental health trust has admitted the organisation is on its “last chance” to get things right.

Enough is enough. A report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) shows what we already knew – mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk are failing.

The region’s mental health trust is today in special measures for the third time, after an inspection uncovered a litany of failings branded “deeply disturbing” by MPs.

The daughter of an ex-footballer who died in a Norwich hospital today blamed the care he received there for his death, and said she will not stop fighting for justice “even if it takes years”.

Top level staff at the region’s mental health trust are moving to new positions within Norfolk’s health service.

The chairman of Norfolk and Suffolk’s mental health trust is leaving his post with immediate effect - just weeks before the expected publication of the trust’s latest inspection report.

Serious safety incidents led to 35 deaths at the region’s mental health trust over a six month period, figures have revealed.

A new mental health clinic which hopes to provide an online programme of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has held its inaugural training conference in Dereham.

After recent deaths in north Norfolk, bereaved parents, a GP and a campaigner tell JESSICA FRANK-KEYES how a lack of local services is failing suicidal young men.

Healthcare staff across Norfolk are being offered rewards ranging from shopping gift cards to prize draw entries to entice them to have a free flu jab.

Organisers of a new community cafe in Norwich are delighted with the response to its first monthly session.

A Norfolk artist who received “amazing” support from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) to help overcome challenges in her family is set to stage a second art exhibition exploring the relationship between parenting and mental health.

A new community cafe featuring reminiscence volunteers is being supported by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT).

More than 150 sexual safety issues have been reported at the region’s mental health trust this year, as regulators call for improvements nationwide.

The use of restraints on adults with learning disabilities rose almost fivefold in the region’s mental health hospitals in the space of a year, figures show.

Police have used stun guns to subdue mental health patients in Norfolk and Suffolk hospitals, it can be revealed.

The chairman of the region’s troubled mental health trust has announced he is stepping down.

Potentially life-saving surgery at a failing Norfolk hospital could be suspended, this newspaper can reveal today.

A psychiatric intensive care unit in Ipswich which closed on safety grounds due to a lack of staff will reopen next week, it has emerged.

As yet another health trust in Norfolk in plunged into special measures by inspectors health correspondent Geraldine Scott looks at what is going wrong in the county’s NHS.

The new chairman of a county’s healthcare watchdog has vowed to push for more money to be given to the NHS.

An inquest into the death of a 15-year-old Wymondham girl has been adjourned to allow for more evidence to be gathered.

More than a quarter of children with eating disorders seen by the region’s mental health trust are waiting too long to begin their treatment, with some having to wait months for care.

A key appointment has been made by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) to ensure that more easy read information is made available to service users with learning disabilities and / or autism.

Inspectors have told the region’s struggling mental health trust that issues last year have not been fixed quick enough.

An organisation which champions patients’ rights in Norfolk has held its annual general meeting, welcoming in a new chairman and looking back on another successful year.

The region’s mental health trust and Norfolk County Council have been ordered to pay a patient and her mother £75 each for failings before a suicide attempt.

Patients spent the equivalent of more than seven years waiting to be discharged from hospitals across Norfolk’s healthcare providers in just one month.

Intensive care beds at an Ipswich mental health ward are likely to stay closed until the autumn, it can be revealed.

Questions are today being asked about why the woman in charge of turning around our two largest health bodies - both of which are failing - will not speak out about the changes planned.

An innovative group which helps men to tackle mental health issues by giving them all to play for has brought football home to Norfolk after winning a top FA award.

An inquest into the death of a Great Yarmouth man who was hit by a train in Norwich has been fixed after a delay in obtaining a report from the mental health trust.

Health staff and campaigners turned out in Cromer on Thursday to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

You may never have heard of her but Philippa Slinger has now been given the two biggest challenges facing Norfolk’s NHS.

A series of drop-in sessions will be available to people caring for those with mental health difficulties.

A Norwich father who suffered from a chronic lung condition died of drug-related causes, an inquest has heard.

Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) has appointed two new directors.

A damning review into the leadership at the region’s mental health trust has identified a “tolerance of poor standards”, it can be revealed.

An inquest into the death of a man detained at a mental health facility in Norfolk is due to last for five days.

Money could be shifted between health and social care organisations in Norfolk and Waveney under a new structure which aims to integrate different groups more effectively.

The region’s mental health trust has hit back at claims from campaigners that plans are afoot to split into two organisations.

Health bosses have shown their appreciation for nurses and midwives on the same day as Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Francesca Hankins joined Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) in 1998 as a part-time medical secretary and now, having trained as a nurse, is deputy locality manager in West Norfolk.

More than 280 patients under the care of the region’s mental health trust were reported missing to police last year, it can be revealed.

The region’s mental health trust has been found to be among the country’s best for caring for mothers and their babies.

An NHS director has left the region’s mental health trust to become interim chief executive at Norfolk’s community health organisation.

It is an organisation which has had a troubled few years. New Norfolk and Suffolk mental health boss Antek Lejk speaks to health correspondent Geraldine Scott about turning things around and looking to the future.

The region’s mental health trust has insisted it repeatedly reported murderer Alex Palmer to police and other organisations before he killed dog walker Peter Wrighton.

The plight of mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk has been long-running and painful for many of those involved.

Health leaders in Norfolk have teamed up to “take back control” of rates paid to locums after more than £60m was spent on filling recruitment gaps with temporary staff last year.

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