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Special celebration gives the green light to better care
01/12/2017

​Service users, carers, stakeholders and the public are being invited to a special celebration event to find out more about a new strategy designed to ensure that people with learning disabilities and/ or autism receive the right mental healthcare to meet their needs.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) will host “A Green Light for Mental Health” at the Kesgrave Conference Centre, near Ipswich, on Tuesday 5 December.

The afternoon will be opened by Eddie Chaplin, as Associate Professor at London South Bank University and an expert in autism spectrum conditions.

Attendees will then be given the chance to find out more about NSFT’s strategy, called “A Green Light for Mental Health Services”, which was written alongside service users, families, carers and stakeholders. The strategy details the steps which will take place over the next five years to make sure care is consistent and equitable to everyone, regardless of their diagnosis or where they live.

Service users will then share their stories about the care they have received and the impact which the Green Light has had on their experience of services. The event will close by asking individuals to make pledges explaining the steps they will take to support NSFT to implement the strategy successfully.

Sue Bridges, Professional Lead (LD/Autism) with NSFT, said: “This special event will give us the chance to celebrate this important new strategy, explain more about the impact it will have and thank those who helped contribute to its content. We will also be asking those who come along to make pledges so that we can work together to ensure its success.

“People with learning disabilities and/ or autism, as well as additional mental health problems, have complex needs and need a lot of support and advice to enable them to access services. This strategy will help us to ensure that the right adjustments are put in place so they can do just that, and receive healthcare in the same way as everyone else.

“A lot of work has taken place to understand what we do well and those areas where we could do better, which means the strategy really focuses on the things which are important to people who use our services, and to their carers. We hope that it will make a huge difference to their quality of life over the coming months and years.”

The strategy has been developed in an easy read format, at the request of service users who co-produced the document. To read it, visit www.nsft.nhs.uk/our-priorities

To launch event will run from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. To book a place, call Veronica Collins on 01473 266296 or visit https://ldautismstrategylaunchsuffolk.eventbrite.co.uk

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk