Health and Wellbeing Board thanks all those involved in the pandemic response
09 July 2020
Norfolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which represents health and care organisations across the county, praised those responsible for protecting and supporting vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.
At a virtual meeting held at 10am yesterday (Wednesday 8 July), the Board reviewed reports into the response to the pandemic across the health and care System in Norfolk.
The meeting examined the multi-agency response to the virus over the past few months which has seen an extensive collaborative effort, involving local government, public health, the voluntary sector and the NHS in Norfolk.
By taking this system-wide perspective the board was able to review the work carried out across the county, including work such as:
- The support for 41,000 shielding individuals, including deliveries of food and medicine
- Opening more than 200 additional beds in community hospitals, residential care and mental health
- Bringing over 80% of GP practices in Norfolk and Waveney online, with video and online consultation systems in place
- The launch of ‘First Response’, a 24 hour helpline offering immediate support for people experiencing mental health difficulties during the pandemic
- The distribution of millions of PPE items by the Norfolk Resilience Forum, including over 500,000 over the Easter bank holiday weekend alone
- The Norfolk Outbreak Control Plan, which includes at its core the preventative actions we can all take to reduce the spread of the virus
In recognition of the work the Board formally thanked staff and the communities involved, acknowledging the huge range of work undertaken during the pandemic.
As part of their look at the COVID-19 response across Norfolk’s Health and Care System, the Board heard evidence from Melanie Craig, Chief Officer of the NHS Norfolk & Waveney CCG, James Bullion, Executive Director for Adult Social Care at Norfolk County Council, Dr Louise Smith, Norfolk's Director of Public Health, Alan Hopley, Chief Executive of Voluntary Norfolk, Jamie Sutterby, Director of People and Communities at South Norfolk District Council and Sara Tough Executive Director of Children’s Services at NCC.
Cllr Bill Borrett, Health and Wellbeing Board Chairman and Norfolk County Council Cabinet Member, said: “Wednesday's meeting demonstrates how all the different agencies have stepped forward to work together to respond to COVID-19. It’s clear that there has been an incredible amount of work done over a very short period and I want to formally thank the staff, volunteers and communities who responded to the pandemic for their significant effort to keep people safe and protected”.