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Medical chief visits region’s mental health trust

PUBLISHED: 14:59 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:59 05 January 2018

GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT

GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT

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The chief executive of the General Medical Council (GMC) received an insight into the work of the region’s mental health trust when he visited Hellesdon Hospital.

GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT

Charlie Massey was welcomed to Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) by chief executive Julie Cave, before being given a tour of the wards at, followed by an opportunity to talk with doctors.

Mr Massey joined the GMC in November 2016.

It is an independent organisation which helps protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK. It sets standards for medical students and for doctors.

During his visit to NSFT, Mr Massey spent time on Rollesby Ward, a psychiatric intensive care unit, and Waveney Ward, a female acute ward, and met with staff and service users, before discussing a range of topics with about 40 doctors.

GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT GMC Chief Executive, Charlie Massey, talking to doctors on his visit to NSFT. Photo: NSFT

Mr Massey said: “We all know that doctors are working under huge pressures in our healthcare system, but the mental health sector has its own challenges and so it was very valuable to be able to hear, first hand, about doctors’ experiences at NSFT.”

His visit was one of a number of trips he is making around the country to hear from doctors on the frontline and the issues and challenges they face.

Dr Vivek Agarwal, an NSFT consultant psychiatrist, based at Hellesdon, organised the visit. He said: “We are very grateful to Mr Massey for taking the time to visit our trust and find out more about the work we are doing across Norfolk and Suffolk to improve the mental health services we offer to the communities we serve.

“It was a privilege to host a visit by a leading figure in the medical world and have someone so influential listen to what our doctors had to say. And I am certain that Mr Massey goes away from Hellesdon with a much clearer idea about the challenges we face and the efforts we are making to overcome them so we can give the best possible support to our service users and their carers.

“This was a great opportunity to highlight the particular challenges faced by doctors working in the mental health sector, and I am delighted that Mr Massey found the visit both informative and rewarding.”

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