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In Suffolk and North East Essex we believe in ‘Can Do’ Health & Care

Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) brings together the full spectrum of partners responsible for planning and delivering health and care across North East Essex, Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk to ensure shared leadership and joint action to improve the health and wellbeing of the one million people who live locally.

The Health and Care Act 2022 created a statutory basis for Integrated Care Systems by creating a statutory Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) and an NHS Integrated Care Board (ICB) for each ICS. The ICP works in the best interests of residents in Suffolk and North East Essex by bringing together the NHS, local authorities, social care providers, voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises, and other key stakeholders as equal partners to agree how to improve outcomes and experience through the integration of health and care. The Suffolk and North East Essex ICP is co-chaired by Cllr. Craig Rivett from Suffolk County Council, Cllr. John Spence from Essex County Council and Professor William Pope from NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB and is supported by Susannah Howard as ICP Director.

A key role for the ICP is to generate the Integrated Care Strategy that sets the direction of the system across the whole ICS footprint. The strategy sets out the ambition of all partners to improve health and care outcomes and experiences for the population of Suffolk and North East Essex.

Our strategy has been developed through an inclusive process involving stakeholders from across Suffolk and North East Essex including people with lived experience, clinicians and other professionals, elected leaders and others. This site describes our Integrated Care Strategy in full with detail for each key area. As an ICP we want to encourage and enable deeper cross-sector understanding, thinking and planning in health and care. We also want this work to be informed by evidence and lived experience. Our Integrated Care Strategy provides a flexible, collective, central resource that is accessible by all, to enable everyone to be part of the work of the ICS going forward.

You can view a summary of our Integrated Care Strategy here. More detailed information that underpins our Integrated Care Strategy is then available on the pages of this website as an online resource for anyone interested in local health and care. This information will continue to develop and evolve over time.

The focus of this website is on strategy and planning for the local health and care system in Suffolk and North East Essex. For information about local NHS or social care services go to:

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‘Can Do’ Health and Care Awards

The Suffolk and North East Essex ICS ‘Can Do’ Health and Care Awards 2024 are a way to shine a spotlight on the great work that you do to find innovative ways of doing things, involve local people and communities, and think differently about how we can work together as local partners across health, social care, public health, housing, community safety, education or employment.

We want to celebrate those who deserve special recognition for making ‘Can Do’ health and care a reality in Suffolk and North East Essex. This could be your team, yourself or someone that you know. We particularly welcome nominations that include collaboration between local teams or organisations that benefits the health and wellbeing of local people, carers, families or communities.

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Nominations are now closed. Finalists will be invited to join us at our annual Suffolk and North East Essex ICS EXPO2024 event on Friday 13th September 2024 attended by more than 1,000 people. Winners will be announced in a special ceremony during the afternoon with trophies given out to winners by some familiar faces. Information about all our winners and finalists will be also feature on our ICS website and we would like to share your achievements and ideas with health and care partners locally, regionally and nationally – as well as local media.. For more Information click HERE

EXPO 2024

Can Do Health and Care’ Expo 2024′– The Power of Kindness: is an opportunity to connect with stakeholders across the Suffolk and North East Essex system about the work that you do. Applications are welcome from those who would like to exhibit on the day.  For more Information click HERE

Attendance and participation: free of charge.  To register to attend please click HERE

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Good Practice in collaboration and partnerships across Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS)

Suffolk and North East Essex ICS has been highlighted as an example of good practice in the recent report ‘Integrated care partnerships’ by NHS Confederation.    To read or download the report click HERE

What Matters to You, & Why?

Key Messages Incorporated into our Integrated Care Strategy

To develop our Integrated Care Strategy we asked people living and working in Suffolk and North East Essex to tell us what is important to them in health and care, and how we should be thinking differently. We offered a range of ways for people to share their views from which the views and ideas of more than 600 people have directly informed our Integrated Care Strategy.

This film provides a high level overview of our Integrated Care Strategy in the words of people living and working in Suffolk and North East Essex captured in our pop-up video booth.

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Last Updated on 6 June 2024

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