Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

  • Location:  Norfolk and Suffolk, East of England
  • Core Values:  Respectfully, Positively, Together
  • Size:  We employee 4,000 plus people across Community and Inpatient sites across Norfolk and Suffolk

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Welcome from Dr Dan Dalton – Medical Director
“I passionately believe that the wonderful people of Norfolk and Suffolk deserve the best mental health services.  I know that we can only make this happen with the best, most engaged, medical workforce.  To make this happen we have invested in the growth of our clinicians, putting their voices at the centre of everything we do and giving our clinicians the control, capacity and support to provide great care.  We have invested with pride in the development and training of the next generation of doctors, created innovative opportunities and roles for our existing staff and are committed to developing those who are in senior clinical roles so they can offer great leadership.  Because of this, we have seen huge growth in the confidence and engagement of our doctors and other clinicians.  We now truly have services that look to our clinicians to lead and set the direction as we grow to meet the challenges of the future and work to put mental health at the centre of everyone’s thinking.  It is a privilege working at NSFT, with great colleagues in a great part of the world.  I look forward to welcoming you to join our team as we build our ability to offer great care.” About  “I am proud to work with some absolutely fantastic patients, as well as many dedicated, caring and compassionate nursing colleagues.” Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people.  We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services. Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services.  Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was established in 2012, following the merge of Norfolk and Waveney Partnership Trust and Suffolk Partnership Trust. We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them. At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life. The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities. Research at NSFT NSFT is committed to growing the amount of research taking place locally and has developed a robust infrastructure to enable this to happen. The Trust has a thriving R+D department recruiting to Portfolio studies with a large R+D team in support of this. In addition there is an innovative research development programme which has successfully helped many clinicians to develop their research ideas and careers, link to other centres of clinical and research excellence and to guide them towards potentially leading on research grant applications. The department has been very successful in these grant applications with three dedicated teams: child and youth, adult, and older peoples clinical areas each of which is now leading on major publications and funded NIHR grants and fellowships. The department has strong links with UEA and other universities and has the full support of the Trust Board. We provide services in the following locations Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.   This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in. Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.” One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm. Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches. Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge. Travel For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport.  Only you have the power to make it better

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Dr Akhtar was attracted to our Trust as a result of our reputation for training and by the unique model in place in Norfolk and Waveney, which sees young people receive care from the youth service (14 to 25) up until their 25th birthday rather than transferring to adult services when they reach 18. “I decided to join NSFT with the exciting Youth Service, as it gives this satisfying opportunity to make a positive impact on a young mind which can make a difference for the rest of that person’s life.”He works with the patient and their family to agree goals and outcomes for their treatment before offering interventions and psychiatric support.

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