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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. Andrew Reid 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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Community Voices in Health Research is offering grants of up to £5,000 to community and voluntary sector organisations to help understand the barriers that communities face in engaging with, and participating in health research.

Working in partnership with Suffolk Community Foundation and Essex Community Foundation, the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board ( SNEE ICB) are looking to fund VCFSE organisations to be Community Research Champions in Suffolk and North East Essex as part of a Research Engagement Network.

The project aims are to:

  • Engage with communities and gather insight from the conversations held around research, including the barriers people face to engagement so their views can form a set of principles adopted by system partners for future research and to enable greater participation. This will also feed into wider learning around research locally and nationally
  • Share open opportunities around research with the community, this could be through participation in research or involvement in the shaping of research; and
  • Establish a SNEE Research Engagement Network to sustain this work in the longer term.

To apply for a grant and to access more information including a recording of the webinar, an updated FAQ’s and slides from the presentations please visit:

Suffolk Community Foundation – Click Here

Essex Community Foundation – 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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