Dan has written before about the challenges facing Ipswich and Suffolk in terms of properly caring for our growing ageing population, which will require better coordinated thinking between local social services and NHS care providers to deliver more community-focussed healthcare. Our local community groups and carers already play such a vital role in looking after our elderly people, and it was a real pleasure for him to be invited to present certificates to volunteers in Wickham Market who have completed their training for a new local initiative that aims to provide a pool of trained, accredited and insured volunteer carers. The Wickham Market Community Training Project is a local community led initiative that offers a comprehensive Care Skills training programme to enable volunteers to provide short-term respite care for local family carers when they need a break from their care duties. From Easter, the project will be able to provide up to 100 hours per month of trained, CRB checked, insured and supervised care to provide respite for family carers.
Dan would like to congratulate Pam Bell and all the local volunteers who have successfully completed 56 hours of training, and looks forward to following the progress of this great community scheme in the weeks and months ahead.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...