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A Preventative Approach

We want the ‘Best Health and Wellbeing’ for people and communities. Overall what we all want for ourselves and the people that we love is to:

  • be resilient with a sense of belonging, safety and purpose
  • live healthy lives in healthy places
  • avoid the need treatment and care for physical or mental health conditions in the first place
  • stop diseases from getting worse, by intervening early and/or slowing or reducing disease progression
  • be able to manage the impact of any lasting illness or condition for either ourselves or those who care for us

We have opportunities to help people to do this right across our Integrated Care System through a comprehensive preventative approach that spans from consideration of the significant impact of the wider determinants or the “causes of the causes” of health through to health and care service delivery.

Making a preventative approach a collective priority for all partners in our Integrated Care System will ensure that we use our limited resources efficiently to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Building prevention into everything that we do will include:

  • moving the NHS from a ‘treatment only’ to a health and wellbeing service
  • considering how social care can intervene earlier to support people to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible
  • valuing the role of local community organisations in strengthening communities, delivering social value and helping families and carers to support independence, health and wellbeing for people and communities.

Lived Experience


A Lifelong Approach

Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board – Joint Forward Plan:
Start Well
Be Well
Feel Well
Stay Well
Age Well
Health Inequalities



Ipswich and East Suffolk
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North East Essex 
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West  Suffolk
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NHS Trusts

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust
ESNEFT Strategy 2019-24

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Strategic Plan 2023-28

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Physical health Strategy 2019-22

East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Our Strategy, our people, our Trust 2020-25

City, District and Borough Council

Last Updated on 23 January 2024

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