In Suffolk and North East Essex we are genuinely ‘Can Do’ in the way that we work together as a local health and care system.
Our primary ambition is enabling ’Health Equality for Everyone’ and as a system we are continually ‘Thinking Differently Together’, with an approach that ‘Starts with Why?’.
We are moving away from using performance targets as the measure of our system success, towards a far more powerful context that places families and communities at the heart of what we do. We believe that the markers of how well our system is working should be ‘whole system’, for example school readiness or preventing teenagers from developing eating disorders; protecting adults who are at risk of homelessness; supporting our elderly from being alone or becoming isolated.
We believe that as a system we also need to work positively on the wider determinants of health, whether that is social issues, deprivation, inequalities or mental health, for example. One-off interventions by specialists are no longer enough, we need to enable people to effectively manage their own lives and health and to help each other. We know that this means moving beyond individual health and care organisations working alone, to working together in an integrated way because that is the best route to helping people to thrive.
Together we are passionate in our conviction that we must encourage and develop leadership across our system to deliver genuinely integrated care in our communities. It is in this way that we will enable people to have the courage and imagination to think differently and make a positive impact for everyone. Our system is underpinned by increasingly strong and positive relationships between local health and care leaders, courageous joint action to address problems when they emerge and a genuine ‘Can Do’ attitude that enables meaningful partnership and integrated thinking and working at every level of our local health and care system.
As the significant recent pressures of Covid19 begin to subside and our Covid19 vaccination programme continues, we are beginning to think about how we will move forward again into the future as a health and care system.
We know that Covid19 has affected each of the one million people living in Suffolk and North East Essex in very different ways. So for us all to move forward we need more than just a plan – we need to think about how each of us feel and how we can build on our experiences of the past year. We all need to think about ‘How do we heal?’
How do we heal our NHS services? How do we heal our communities? How do we heal our social care sector? How do we heal our VCSE sector? How do we heal our health and care workforce? How do we heal ourselves? Also, recognising the many inequalities in our communities: How do we help EVERYONE to heal?
We are inviting everyone in Suffolk and North East Essex share their thinking around this important question: How do we heal? Follow this link for further information on how to participate.
EQUALITIES FILM COMPETITION
Deadline Extended until Monday 31st May 2021
We are asking people in Suffolk and North East Essex to send us their 1-2 minute films describing their individual recent experiences of health and care and their personal perspective on the question ‘How do we help everyone heal?’.
Films will be entered into a competition with prizes for the best films awarded at an Online Awards Ceremony in June 2021.
Dying Matters Week – Monday 10 May 2021 to Sunday 16 May 2021
To mark Dying Matters Week 2021, the three hospices across the ICS are joining forces to promote ways communities can support one another during difficult times in their lives.
The collaboration between the three hospices will see us host a number of online events which will offer guidance and encourage the public to support each other with kindness during some of the most difficult times in their lives, such as the death of a loved one or the diagnosis of a serious illness.
More than 30 events will be held both online and in person during the awareness week including ‘Care and loss during COVID – How do we Heal?’, “We’re all going to die, so let’s talk about death”, an open and frank conversation between two young men and ‘Thinking ahead – planning for end of life’.
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