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Voluntary Sector Update from the Norfolk Adult Safeguarding Board May 2019

This update is provided by James Kearns, the Chief Executive of The BUILD Charity, who was appointed to the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board to provide a perspective to the Board from a voluntary sector provider of services to vulnerable adults.

Adult Mental Health in Norfolk

From August to December 2018 Boston Consulting reviewed the current state of adult MH in Norfolk and Waveney, looked at best practice across the world and helped develop a long-term strategy. The final version of the report has just been agreed. This is a narrative and whilst sets out the process and principles doesn’t include the 150 or so pages of the original document or the evidence behind them.

Norfolk Care Association Update

Since July 2018, the provider-led Executive Steering Group of ‘Shaping a Care Association for Norfolk’ has overseen a consultation process 

#WeCareTogether - Be part of Norfolk and Waveney’s Health & Social Care whole workforce conversation

Our people are critical to everything we do, whether they are paid staff or volunteers.

The #WeCareTogether campaign is aimed at gathering the views of the whole health and social care workforce across Norfolk and Waveney. 

Combatting Loneliness and Social Isolation services in Norfolk - Overview

The impact of loneliness and social isolation is significant. To tackle this problem, Norfolk County Council adult social services, is investing in ways of preventing and reducing loneliness that address the barriers to people having the quality and quantity of social connections that they would like.  

Public Information Notice: Changes to how contributions to some adult care services are calculated

In November as part of our budget consultation we asked for views on our proposal to change the way we work out how much people need to pay towards their non-residential care services.

Our proposal was to change the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for people under 65 and the amount of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) that some people can keep on top of their Minimum Income Guarantee.

Update on Home Shield Referrals

As advised at the Steering Group meeting on 7 December, Norfolk County Council operates three separate referral mechanisms, one of which is Home Shield.  This is inefficient and has been reviewed in light of the budgetary savings required of the council.  On average, less than 8 referrals per month come through the Home Shield scheme and this, combined with the administrative and IMT resources required to maintain the referral form, mean that the scheme is very costly and unviable.

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