Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System


Welcome to the fourth ‘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 beginning to work more closely together as an Integrated Care System (ICS) 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.

ICS News

Funding to supporting Realising Ambition across Suffolk and North East Essex

Health and care leaders across Suffolk and North East Essex will award local voluntary groups and primary care around £3m so they can help improve the way services are provided to local people.

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Draft Governance Framework for local Integrated Care System

A new draft governance framework has been produced as a next step in the development of an Integrated Care System (ICS) in Suffolk and North East Essex.

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Matt Hancock MP with staff at West Suffolk Hospital

Long term plan is welcomed by health and care leaders

Last month has seen the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan, which explains how the NHS will spend an extra £20.5 billion of funding to make it fit for the future.

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Primary School Uses Innovative Wellbeing Hub To Help Pupils With Mental Health

With the recently announced NHS Long Term Plan identifying mental health as a key focus, Healthwatch Essex has been highlighting one of the projects in North East Essex which is addressing mental health as early as possible.

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New GP contract makes substantial investment to support primary care services

Health and care leaders across Suffolk and North East Essex have welcomed the additional investment for GP services, as part of a new five year contract agreed by NHS England.

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Flash glucose monitor

New device will help people living with diabetes to manage their condition

Over 350 people from across Suffolk and North East Essex living with type 1 diabetes are set to benefit from a new device that allows users to check their sugar levels without needing to prick their finger.

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Ambulance trust awarded £18m to get crews back in the community faster

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has been awarded over £18 million to fund extensive improvements to support crews to deliver care to patients quicker.

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A very different conversation in Suffolk

Over 4,000 people living in east and west Suffolk have helped develop a new mental health and emotional wellbeing strategy in #averydifferentconversation.

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In North East Essex

Multi million pound grant given to Essex to get the county active

Over £10m worth of funding has been awarded to Essex Local Delivery Pilot to deliver a three year plan to get Essex active.

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Artist's impression of the combined interventional radiology and cardiac angiography (IRCA) unit

Plans submitted for new clinical unit at Colchester Hospital

Patients will be able to be treated more quickly in a more modern environment at Colchester Hospital if £7million plans to improve and replace outdated facilities are approved.

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New hub helps people to manage their wellbeing

A new service has been set up in conjunction with the Salvation Army to help people across Colchester manage their mental health and wellbeing.

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Communities and organisations support Essex Dementia Day

Dozens of events took place across Essex last month to increase awareness of dementia and the support available.

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Essex County Council's Chief Executive Gavin Jones with some of the ESCB support team members

You Make a Difference Awards

Employees, teams and partners who make a real difference to the people of Essex have been recognised in the ‘You Make the Difference in Essex Awards’.

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Volunteers delivering winter warmers packs to local people in Jaywick

Staff distributing winter warmth packs in Jaywick

Staff and volunteers from Community Voluntary Services Tendring have been busy working with partners from the community warden team and Essex Fire and Rescue delivering winter warm packs to the residents living in Brooklands, Jaywick Sands. 

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in Ipswich and East Suffolk

Funding boost for local communities

Local community groups have received a funding boost of just under £126,000 this year.

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Karen Moss with parents Sanne and Ollie Campbell with baby Liam

Praise for ESNEFT’S Neonatal unit

Neonatal Unit teams at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust have been praised in new reports* for the care they give to babies.

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Helping hospital patients to get home

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £87,000 in funding to support the ‘Stepping Home’ project.

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New group set up for people who've spent time in Intensive Care

People recovering from time spent in intensive care at Ipswich Hospital can share their experiences, thoughts and fears at a new, monthly support group.

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Big attendance at Ipswich health and wellbeing event

The chair of the Bangladeshi Support Centre in Ipswich, Boshor Ali chair, has hailed a winter awareness event supported by the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG as a wonderful event that attracted people from a number of communities.

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in West Suffolk

Over £13m worth of funding awarded to improve emergency department at West Suffolk Hospital

The Chief Executive of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Stephen Dunn, has said that the allocation of £13.4m to improve the hospital’s emergency department will lead to an improved experience for patients and create a better working environment for staff.

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Brand new cardiac centre transforms patient care

A brand new, state-of-the-art cardiac centre has been opened at the West Suffolk Hospital, and renowned Newmarket jockey Frankie Dettori, the hospital’s My WiSH Charity Every Heart Matters appeal ambassador, returned to see it and meet patients and staff.

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Building contractor appointed for Mildenhall hub

A major national project to deliver a better school, improved leisure facilities, and integrated community and public services has appointed a building contractor.

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Hundreds gather to see hospital choir perform

The West Suffolk Hospital choir raised the roof just before Christmas at a concert in Bury St Edmunds.

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Building a resilient workforce across Suffolk and North East Essex

We have almost 50,000 staff working in health and social care across Suffolk and North East Essex, but we have some tough challenges facing the workforce across the health and social care system. Leaders say we need to do more to retain our current workforce and look at initiative ways to recruit and grow our own workforce for the future. It is widely regarded that in order to deliver our plans, our system needs the right staff, in the right places with the right skills. We believe that the most important resource the NHS has is its people. Without a skilled workforce there is no NHS. There are few careers that are as rewarding as one in the NHS, or that give you the opportunity to work with such a variety of people. Each and every one can make a difference to patients. The system's Workforce workstream makes sure we co-ordinate how this happens.

As Rachel Sestak, the Workforce Programme Manager, explains in this report, this area of the Shadow ICS work has formed a Local Workforce Action Board (LWAB) which meets regularly to take forward projects to deliver the vision of a workforce fit to deliver sustainable, high-quality, patient-centred care - a key aspiration of the NHS Long Term Plan.

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Programme Updates


The main area of focus within this work programme is to reduce variations and fragmentation of cancer services while improving cancer patient outcomes, by integrating the activities of all partner organisations across primary, secondary, community and social care.

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A successful diabetes workshop took place at the end of November which will inform the development of a shadow ICS wide diabetes strategy.

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Under the NHS England health system led Investment programme, Suffolk and North East Essex shadow ICS has developed plans for a £7.1m investment in digital over the next three years into areas for front line practitioners that free up Time to Care (this is a term that refers to a range of digital related projects relevant to delivering care within the shadow ICS).

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Colleagues from across the public sector came together to discuss the use of contributions made as a result of development sites.

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Mental health

For the fifth month in a row, the system has improved dementia diagnosis rates. This means more people across Suffolk and North East Essex are getting the help and support they need.

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The Suffolk and North East Essex shadow ICS has recently focused on improving the way the system uses the information it holds about health and care and the demographics and ethnography of our population in order to better understand where we need to further enhance work to prevent ill health within our population.

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Primary Care

Investment into primary care networks – the Suffolk and North East Essex shadow ICS has been awarded funding of around £1m to support developing primary care at scale (networks).

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