Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System


Welcome to the third ‘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.

Focus on volunteering

Two years ago, Mary Baker from Jaywick near Clacton felt down and deflated and said at the time she had little to look forward to. She turned to Community Voluntary Services Tendring where she learnt about volunteering and opportunities to help out in her community.

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Progress in delivering Can Do Health and Care

The drive to prevent ill health and support our local communities through better joined-up health and social care services has been given a major cash boost. Almost £5 million has been awarded to 46 individual projects operated by voluntary, community and public sector organisations across east and west Suffolk. 

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System’s collaborative approach to winter messaging

As we enter what is widely predicted to be another very busy winter, NHS, council and voluntary sector bodies across Suffolk and North East Essex are working together to issue consistent messages and advice to support people to stay well. 

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Digital leaders gather to consider how data could help to improve service

Digital leaders from six systems across the East Midlands region came together during September to discuss how health and care systems could use data and technology to improve outcomes for our patients and citizens.

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NEEDS winning the best adult diabetes education programme award presented by Alison Barnes, Research Associate (dietitian) / Diabetes Specialist Dietitian at Newcastle University/Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Diabetes services win big at ‘Quality in Care’ Awards

Diabetes services across North East Essex and East Suffolk have been recognised for delivering high quality patient care, promoting best practice and improving education. Together, services across the system were applauded for clinical excellence and a determination to raise standards for those living with diabetes.

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New nursing role to boost patient care and workforce

A new nursing role is set to boost the local NHS workforce and help improve patient care.

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Picture courtesy of Warren Page

First of its kind pilot takes expert help into patients’ own homes

Patients who have had a suspected stroke can now be assessed by a specialist consultant in the comfort of their own home following the launch of a first of its kind pilot which is using technology to improve care.

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The accuracy and speed of the robot has been welcomed by Clinical Neurology medical secretary Chris Harvey.

Robots have arrived at ESNEFT and they are giving back hundreds of hours to medical secretaries

Robots have arrived at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) and they are giving back hundreds of hours to medical secretaries so they can spend more time helping patients.

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Launch of suicide prevention app

A potentially life-saving app has been launched in Suffolk following a major consultation process carried out by an influential mental health charity.

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NSFT sets up new group to support carers in east and central Suffolk

A new support group has been set up to support people in east and central Suffolk who are caring for loved ones with mental health conditions.

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New unit to transform emergency care

A new state-of-the-art unit is set to transform how the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust assesses and treats emergency patients. The Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) is being built behind West Suffolk Hospital’s emergency department and is due to open in December. 

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Community café aims to combat loneliness

A community café has opened in Rougham near Bury St Edmunds as part of a village initiative designed to combat loneliness and isolation.

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New ultrasound service opened in Haverhill

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and West Suffolk MP, Matt Hancock, joined fundraiser Mrs Betty McLatchy to formally open a brand new ultrasound service that will see Haverhill patients receive ultrasounds in the town for the first time.

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Ed Kirkham, senior radiographer at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, in the reopened X-ray department based at the Thetford Healthy Living Centre.

Trust opens X-ray department in Thetford

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has announced it is now managing the reopened X-ray department based at the Thetford Healthy Living Centre.

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Further funding to reduce the number of people sleeping rough

Over £200,000 has been provisionally awarded to support Colchester Borough Council and Colchester Borough Homes to reduce the number of people sleeping rough.

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Funding given to support winter warmers scheme

Two winter warmer schemes in North East Essex have each received £100,000 to help those in need stay warm. The initiatives also aim to reduce isolation, promote better health and prevent hospital admissions for non-emergency matters.

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Best foot forward to reduce falls

Volunteers in Colchester are putting their best foot forward by encouraging people at risk of falls to swap their old slippers for a new pair.

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Dr. David Sollis, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Essex with CEO of MS-UK, Amy Woolf

Healthwatch Essex takes its four legged friend on tour!

Staff and ambassadors from Healthwatch Essex have been flexing their muscles by taking a bed around Essex to obtain views from local people about health and social care services.

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Mark Jarman Howe, Chief Executive of St Helena

My Care Choices Register launched

A new phase of an initiative aimed at capturing and sharing the choices of people in their last years of life amongst relevant professionals was formally unveiled last month.

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Sudbury Community Health Centre

Everything you wanted to know about.....Estates

During September, members of the shadow Integrated Care System attended the Suffolk Health and Overview Scrutiny Committee to provide councillors with an update on how estates work is progressing within the system. This article gives readers an update on what we told members as well as an update on schemes happening across Suffolk and North East Essex.

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