Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System


Welcome to the seventh ‘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.

Suffolk Action Week Planning Group, from left to right: Emma Francis, Emmaus, Diane Moore and James Powell, Suffolk Libraries, Sarah Stapleton, Family First, Kate Yates, West Suffolk Sight, Janet Perry, Community Action Suffolk. Picture by Community Action Suffolk

Campaign about to start to encourage people to volunteer

A new campaign aimed at encouraging volunteering in Suffolk has taken place. Suffolk Action Week has been established by a group of charities across the county in collaboration with Community Action Suffolk, Suffolk Libraries, the East of England Coop, and Suffolk Community Foundation.

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Cancer workshop supports people to move forward together

Patients, families, carers and clinicians gathered for a “Moving Forward Together” workshop during the summer to support the transformation of cancer services in Suffolk and North East Essex.

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This year's cohort of trainee nursing associates

Nursing Associate programme receives approval from regulator

The University of Suffolk, working in partnership with Suffolk and North East Essex Trainee Nurse Associate Partnership, has received approval from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to run the Nursing Associate programme.

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System develops its five year plan

Suffolk and North East Essex ICS has developed a draft ICS Five Year System Strategic Plan.

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Professor William Pope

New chair appointed for the system

Professor Will Pope has been appointed as the new ICS Independent Chair.

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System to host event to highlight benefits of sharing records

The Suffolk and North East Essex ICS digital team is leading a programme to better connect systems and people across the east of England.

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Leader's event

ICS Leader’s event encouraged delegates to think differently

Leaders from across the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System gathered earlier this month to consider and share examples of how they are making a real difference to the lives of local people and communities.

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Pilot project underway to support vulnerable people

Suffolk Constabulary is collaborating with mental health professionals from the Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust to provide extra support to those people who the police regularly encounter due to their mental ill-health.

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New urgent treatment centres will simplify access to services across Colchester and Tendring

Three new urgent treatment centres have opened across north east Essex.

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Dr Ed Garratt, Jo Churchill MP and Professor Jonathan Warren

Health Minister visits mental health services in Suffolk

​Health Minister Jo Churchill visited an inpatient unit run by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) to find out more about the dedicated treatment and care it provides for local people with conditions such as dementia, bipolar and psychosis.

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Colchester campaign supports local event that celebrates diversity

The Better Colchester campaign has contributed to a well-known event in Colchester, this year, to support the celebration of the borough’s diversity.

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Social prescribing initiative expanded across east Suffolk

A new social prescribing initiative that has been helping to improve the health and wellbeing of Ipswich residents is to be rolled out across east Suffolk during September and October.

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Dedicated team nominated for national award

A multi-agency team which is helping to prevent more than 600 admissions to Ipswich Hospital every month by making sure patients receive the right treatment in their own homes has been shortlisted for a national award.

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Giles Watling MP

Why the pub is good for our mental health - a blog from Giles Watling - MP for Clacton

Many experts have described the problem of loneliness as one of the country’s biggest public health concerns. A lack of social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2015). Pubs are helping to fight this creeping epidemic by bringing people together with food, drink and inclusive events. But with so many of them closing over the past decade, what impact is this having on our communities. In this edition of the Can Do newsletter, the MP for Clacton Giles Watling explores the mental health benefits that local pubs bring by reducing levels of loneliness and getting people together.

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Suzanne Howe

Uniting Essex with kindness

A new campaign aimed at reducing social isolation and loneliness has been launched across Colchester, Tendring as well as the rest of the Essex.

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Clacton prepares for its community Victorian market

Now, it maybe late September/early October, but local people in Clacton already have their sights set on Christmas. Preparations are well underway for the Victorian Christmas Market - a community event organised by the Community Voluntary Services Tendring.

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