Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust seeks volunteers

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Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) is seeking people to join a team of independent volunteers to ensure that the rights of detained patients are protected.

Volunteers will be part of the Trust’s Mental Health Act hospital managers’ committee, responsible for ensuring that patients are sectioned only as the Mental Health Act allows and can hear appeals against detention.

The role would is suitable for those with a keen interest in mental health and the legal implications of detention under the Mental Health Act.

Rob Bennett, vice-chairman of the Hospital Managers’ Committee, said: “I have a strong interest in mental health and believe it doesn’t get treated with the importance it deserves.”

An ability to travel to hearings at Trust sites in Norfolk and Suffolk is also required.

The role involves sitting on 10 to 12 panels a year, and undergoing training and development days. A fee is paid for attendance at hearings and travelling expenses can be claimed.

For more information, contact Susan O’Hagan, at: susan.o’hagan@nsft.nhs.uk or Helen Dewson at: helen.dewson@nsft.nhs.uk