Norwich vulnerable adult service shortlisted for National Awards

Healthcare in Norwich has been recognised at a national level with the vulnerable adult (VAS) and inclusion service having been shortlisted at the prestigious GP Awards. 

The service which is primarily provided as a service for adults with complex needs has been shortlisted for the ‘Clinical Improvement Award’, specifically for its work in public health and prevention. 

The patients supported are often homeless, living in hostels, or in an environment where their accommodation is at risk, The model includes an outreach asylum seeker health care team.

Working with a variety of partners including local hostels, hospitals, GP practices, and charities the ultimate aim of the project is to provide these at-risk patients with the health, confidence, and knowledge, to be able to re-engage with primary care in the same way that everyone else can.  

 Alex Stewart, CEO of Healthwatch Norfolk said ”The Vulnerable Adults Service has made such a difference to many of those in the Norwich area who have no fixed abode or lead a chaotic lifestyle. Our research revealed those it helps find it invaluable to help them get the care they need in the best way for them. We wish them the best of luck at the awards

Also commenting on the shortlisting, Emma Bugg, Associate Director of Primary Care Network Development said “ We know that the health of a person can very often be impacted by the social and environmental factors they experience. It is therefore essential that local services not only recognise these factors but also work together to help people address them. The VAS service has continued to flex and adapt to seek better outcomes for some of the most vulnerable people in Norwich, this is something we are very proud of ”

The award ceremony takes place on 8 December in London, We look forward to updating you then, and in the meantime, we wish the VAS team the best of luck.