Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Welcome to our first e-bulletin

This new e-Bulletin is designed to update everyone who works in the NHS and local authorities within Suffolk and North East Essex on how local public services are working together to ensure our services continue to meet the needs of our population. Each edition will cover general news relating to services across Suffolk and North East Essex.

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Delivering services and supporting people during winter

NHS organisations, councils and the voluntary sector across Suffolk and North East Essex have been working even closer over recent months to ensure local people had better access to support, advice and services they needed over winter. They have also worked tirelessly to ensure the pressure on our hospitals is reduced as much as possible during the busy winter period. In the next two editions of this newsletter, we will be showing you how our local system has worked even closer together for the benefit of our local population and communities.

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Entrance to Woolpit Health Centre

Investing in GP and Primary Care Services

Work will begin to extend and improve the facilities at Woolpit Health Centre.
It will be carried out in two phases over seven months and will enable the centre to offer additional services as well as help meet the increasing demand for primary care.

The first phase of the project will see a disused internal courtyard converted into a new administration hub and an extended waiting room. This will free up space for three new treatment rooms. Ventilation turrets will also be installed to keep the building cool in summer.

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Staff from West Suffolk Hospital celebrating their outstanding achievement.

Inspectors found high levels of compassion and positivity at outstanding hospital

The Chief Executive of West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Dr Stephen Dunn, said he is extremely proud of the achievement of staff following the 'outstanding' rating given by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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Providing effective mental health services across Suffolk and North East Essex

Commissioning effective mental health services that deliver the right help and support to local people remains the priority of the NHS across Suffolk and North East Essex. Over the past year, the CCGs in Suffolk have further invested in Early Intervention in Psychosis, psychiatric liaison and child and adult mental health services, with the aim of delivering real improvement. And in North East Essex, a new county-wide mental health strategy has been launched. This promotes the importance of working with communities to promote mental well-being for all, while ensuring support is available to people at the earliest opportunity, with a focus on support for recovery, promoting inclusion and empowerment.

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NHS Trusts go on the road to hear public views ahead of merger

Hundreds of local people across Suffolk and North East Essex have attended drop-in sessions about upcoming merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

As well as reading the latest information, the public were encouraged to share any comments or questions they have about the merger, which will create the biggest NHS organisation in East Anglia.

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Ensuring high standards of cancer services

Work continues to ensure people across Suffolk and North East Essex have access to high standards of cancer services. Over the past three months, clinicians and commissioners have received agreement to develop a cancer strategy. This will outline what steps will be taken to improve early diagnosis, review how patients needing follow up care are managed and identify how the recovery package for people living with and beyond cancer. There will be further updates on how this work is progressing in future editions of this newsletter.

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Leaders consider how technology could enhance patient services

The way digital technology could be further used to support the delivery of health and care services is being considered by local leaders.

They are establishing a movement – known as the East Accord – which allows providers and commissioners to come together to discuss possible technical solutions and look at what is working well elsewhere in other...

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Diabetes care across Suffolk and North East Essex is rated 'outstanding'

Diabetes care across Suffolk and north east Essex has been rated 'outstanding', following a recent inspection by NHS England.

Diabetes is one of the major challenges facing the NHS and figures show that around 48,000 people across the two areas currently live with the condition, which if not managed correctly can result in serious health...

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Integrated Care System announcement expected in April

Our local system is expecting an announcement from NHS England in early April on whether Suffolk and North East Essex will be included in a second round of national announcements to become an Integrated Care System. Integrated care systems will see local authorities, NHS bodies and local providers working closely together to plan and commission care for their local population in order to improve health and care in the areas they serve - a key vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View. We will share the outcome of the announcement as soon as it is known.

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