Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System


Welcome to the second ‘Can Do Health and Care' newsletter. 'Can Do Health and Care' is about local health and care services working in a more joined up way. Health, care, voluntary and community organisations in Suffolk and North East Essex are working together with a shared vision and plans to improve the health and care outcomes for the one million people living locally. This newsletter will keep you up to date with some of our key projects and news.

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Listening to you

This short video was recorded at the Tendring Hundred Show. Visitors to our ‘Inflatapod’ were asked to tell us about local health and care services. We also attended the Suffolk Show in May 2018 and we plan to engage with the public in the same way in other locations across Suffolk and North East Essex over the coming months.

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Introducing 'Can Do Health and Care'

'Can Do Health and Care' sums up what we want to see which is high quality, integrated services in our local communities. It is a deliberate alternative to complex terminology used in other places such as ‘STP’ or ‘ICS’ and instead describes the way that we aspire to work together as a system – 'Can Do Health and Care'...

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Progress in delivering Can Do Health and Care

in Ipswich and East Suffolk

Framlingham Medical Practice

Framlingham Medical Practice is set to expand

Work has got underway to improve facilities at Framlingham Medical Practice in east Suffolk. The 28-week expansion and improvement project will enable the practice to employ additional health care staff, offer extra services and meet the increasing demand for primary care services in the area.

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Capturing a moment of care - part of the NHS Constitution

NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG was one of just five organisations in the country to be selected by NHS England to feature in a national film that marks 70 years of the NHS. The film is part of a far-reaching national and local campaign that will provide impact across the healthcare sector, NHS England and beyond. This programme features reports from teams across the country who are delivering the plan for the future of the NHS and making positive changes to how care is delivered.

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Working together to improve medication advice

Patients at Ipswich and Colchester hospitals are benefitting from high quality advice on their medication while receiving consistent standards of care across both sites after the pharmacies at the two trusts began working together as a single team.

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From left: Abdul Razaq, Director of Public Health Suffolk; Cllr Tony Goldson, Chair of Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board, Dr Ed Garratt, Chief Officer, Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups; Andy Yacoub, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Suffolk

Suffolk health and wellbeing board signs time to change employer pledge during mental health awareness week

Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board has endorsed the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of all its members. In 2017, Suffolk was successful in its bid to become a Time to Change hub. As one of only four hubs in the country, Suffolk has been recognised as a county in which good mental health is a priority, with the infrastructure to promote good mental health and challenge stigma.

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in North East Essex

Gerald Brown with Cardiology Consultant Duncan Field

Clacton patient gets smart with new bluetooth heart monitor

A heart monitor which sits under the skin and talks to a smartphone has been fitted to a patient at Colchester Hospital for the first time. These devices mean patients can be monitored at home so they won't need to come into hospital for check-ups.

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Livewell campaign is well on the way to improving Colchester resident's health

Colchester Borough Council's Livewell campaign has marked its first anniversary by sponsoring the Young Children's Festival in Upper Castle Park earlier in the summer.

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in West Suffolk

From left: Sheila Childerhouse, Trust Chair, Stephen Dunn, Trust Chief Executive, The Rt Hon Matthew Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Dr Nick Jenkins, Trust Medical Director

New Secretary of State visits West Suffolk Hospital

The new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care praised the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (WSFT) as being at the "forefront" of NHS technological advancements last week as he conducted his first official speech from West Suffolk Hospital.

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From left: Amy Brookes, Izzy Howlett, Ellie Golding, Hattie Gibbs and Jenna Brame

Fayre aims to bring communities together and combat loneliness

Following the work of the Jo Cox Commission, helping to raise awareness of the problem of loneliness, West Suffolk councils interns have created the Togetherness Fayre - an event to bring communities together and combat loneliness.

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Dr Beth Mosley

Thurston Community College leads the way in mental health education in schools

A partnership scheme at Thurston Community College - one of the only schools in the country to appoint a full-time expert to support students with mental health issues - has been hailed a success with symptoms of anxiety and depression dropping significantly among its student body.

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National News

Praise for Suffolk and North East Essex in government report

The Health and Social Care Select Committee published a report on Integrated Care in June 2018 which investigated 'the development of new integrated ways of planning and delivering local health and care services'. This was in the context of NHS and social care services looking after a population which is living longer and with increasingly complex health and care needs.

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Funding for NHS community services will reduce long stays in hospitals

A new scheme to reduce unnecessary long hospital stays is set to be rolled out across the NHS. Under new national guidance, health leaders in different parts of the country will be expected to allocate extra funding to community services like district nursing teams and outreach clinics to help them care for more patients, freeing up hospital beds and staff.

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Focus on...


Diabetes is a major public health problem with diabetes diagnosis in the UK having risen from 1.4 million to 3.5 million since 1996. It is estimated there are over 4 million people (including those which have been undiagnosed) living with diabetes in the UK and this is estimated to rise to 5 million by 2025. Diabetes costs the NHS over £1.5m an hour (or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales), and an estimated £14billion a year treating it and its complications. The two main funded diabetes programmes in Suffolk and North East Essex include the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme and the Diabetes Treatment and Care Programme but there are a large number of other services offered in primary and secondary care such as podiatry, retinal screening, dietary advice and specialist support.

NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

The NHS DPP was announced in the NHS Five Year Forward View, published in October 2014, which set out the ambition to become the first country to implement at scale a national evidence-based diabetes prevention programme modelled on proven UK and international models, and linked where appropriate to the NHS Health Check. The NHS DPP is a joint initiative led by NHS England, Public Health England (PHE) and Diabetes UK, together the National Programme Team. The programme aims to deliver services which identify people with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and offer them a behavioural intervention that is designed to lower their risk of onset of Type 2 diabetes.

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Diabetes treatment and care programme - structured education ad treatment targets

Improving uptake of structured education (SE) by both the prevalent and newly diagnosed population is another key ambition for our system. It has been widely proven that SE improves awareness of how people can keep themselves healthy and minimise their chances of developing diabetes. The NHS provides two nationally-recognised courses across Suffolk and North East Essex which are designed to support people living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes...

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Everything you wanted to know

The merger between Colchester and Ipswich hospitals

We have started a programme of community conversations with local people about what is important to them and how they believe services could be further improved. We set up an Inflatapod at the Suffolk and Tendring shows and obtained the views of 330 people. Please take a look at the short films we have developed.

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Key Programme Updates

This section gives you a brief overview of some of the main programmes that relate to Can Do Health & Care.

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