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.
The initiative – known as ‘Realising Ambition’ – will see £2m of the total passed to the Essex and Suffolk community foundations who will support the three local alliances to determine priorities for this funding at ‘place’ level. Between them, they would set measurable ‘place level’ ambitions to make a difference to the things that really matter to people at a very local level which, in turn, supports the vision for the wider system. Areas that would be considered include improving mental health, reducing suicides, tackling obesity, improving end of life care and combating loneliness – key priorities for the shadow Integrated Care System.
Dr John Hague, Mental Health Lead for the Suffolk and North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System and GP in Ipswich, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity which will bring health, care, volunteers and the public together to bring about real improvements for local people and communities.
“We have been working with the community foundations and voluntary sector in setting up social prescribing – a scheme which links patients needing GP or primary care with sources of support within the community. With Realising Ambition, we will be building on this way of working and expanding it to include other priorities for our system.”
ICS leaders say that the distribution of the money across the three areas – Ipswich and East Suffolk, North East Essex and West Suffolk – will be based on a number of factors, including local levels of deprivation.
ICS Programme Director Susannah Howard, said: “We know that making a difference to complex population outcomes is very difficult. We are therefore asking leaders within each of the three main areas to determine their local priorities. This would involve working closely with local people and communities, clinicians, support groups and stakeholders to determine what these should be. Voluntary and community organisations will then be invited by the Essex and Suffolk Community Foundations to submit proposals for projects where they believe a broader contribution could be made towards achieving the system’s Higher Ambitions.”