Open letter on behalf of the Norfolk and Waveney Interim ICS Partnership Board

Like everyone, we are deeply shocked and saddened by the devastating events unfolding in Ukraine. This is an incredibly sad time for many communities around the world, and we stand in solidarity with Ukraine.

As always, we are extremely grateful to all health and care staff for their dedication and commitment. But we particularly want to say thank you to all those affected by these shocking events. 

Our thoughts are with our staff, local people and communities who have connections, relatives or friends in Ukraine, Russia or other parts of Eastern Europe affected by this crisis. Some of our colleagues, friends and partners may be directly affected by these terribly sad events happening in Eastern Europe and we ask that, whatever your beliefs or feelings are, that we continue to treat each other with compassion and respect.

Many of us have been wondering how we can best support this crisis and how we can help. The Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of 15 leading UK charities, has launched its collective appeal to provide emergency aid and rapid relief to civilians suffering during the conflict.

Times of uncertainty can be unsettling and we are encouraging staff to access their organisation’s health and wellbeing/occupational health support offer, or to reach out to their line manager or another colleague if they are finding the situation difficult or would like to talk to someone. Resources to support you are also available here.

Mental health support is available to everyone. If you’re aged 16 or over, Wellbeing Norfolk and Waveney offer online webinars, one-to-one support and guided self-help which you can self-refer to. You can visit them online or call 0300 123 1503. For more information click here.

This period will be an anxious time for many awaiting further news. In Norfolk and Waveney we are a strong and supportive family of NHS, local authority and VCSE organisations, and we would like to urge everyone to look out for our colleagues, patients and visitors as we all hope for a peaceful resolution.