Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

In an integrated care system, NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve. Local services can provide better and more joined up care for patients and service users when different organisations work together in this way. For staff, improved collaboration can help to make it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations. And systems can better understand data about local people’s health, allowing them to provide care that is tailored to individual needs. By working alongside councils, and drawing on the expertise of others such as local charities and community groups, the NHS can help people to live healthier lives for longer, and to stay out of hospital when they do not need to be there. In return, integrated care system leaders gain greater freedoms to manage the operational and financial performance of services in their area. Following feedback received during engagement activities conducted across Suffolk and North East Essex since 2017, our shadow Integrated Care System is considering developing the following areas as Higher Ambitions:

  • Mental health – zero suicides and better support for children’s mental health and well-being;
  • Care closer to home – reduction in the number of unplanned admissions to hospital;
  • Reducing the health gap – more comparable health outcomes for those living in our most and least deprived communities;
  • Improved end of life care – less people dying in hospital and more people enabled to die either at home or the place of their choice;
  • Positive about obesity – fewer children and adults developing obesity and more people with obesity able to access treatment and support including bariatric surgery;
  • Less loneliness – ‘living alone’ no longer being a factor in admission to hospital.
  • We are also looking with partners at how becoming an integrated care system could support the above aims.

The success of our higher ambition also relies on our relationship with our patients, people who use our services, our staff and clinicians. We will take an engaging and co-production approach to our system by getting patients, people who use our services, our staff and clinicians to lead change. Taking decisions together we will ensure that collective action can make a positive difference to the health and care of people across Suffolk and North East Essex and financial performance of services in their area.