Ipswich & East Suffolk Alliance
Ipswich and East Suffolk Alliance is a collaboration of commissioners and providers with a shared mission to ‘work seamlessly together with you’.
Our vision is ‘to be a place of strong communities, in which everyone is able to stay well, take control of their mental and physical health and wellbeing, and when support is needed, have good access to joined up health and care services’.
Our Partners Include:
- East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, providing community and acute hospital services
- Ipswich Borough Council, Babergh and Mid Suffolk Council, and East Suffolk Council
- Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, providing mental and emotional well-being services
- Suffolk GP Federation
- Suffolk County Council, including adult and children’s services as well as Public Health Suffolk
- Voluntary and Community partners, represented on our Board by Suffolk Family Carers
- Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
Vital to our Alliance is a shared set of values which guide how we work together Our – Six Cs – values and objectives – underpin all that we do:
- Co-ordination; planned, responsive and joined up health and care
- Collaboration; working in partnership with individuals, carers, families and staff
- Creativity; delivering innovative solutions supported by technology
- Community Focus; providing services which meet local needs as close to home as possible
- Creating One Team; offering holistic care; retaining and attract the best talent
- Cost–effectiveness; reducing duplication and waste
Our Alliance has a Board focused on our strategy and performance and an Executive Delivery Group, driving forward development and implementation of our Delivery Plan. Locality-based Core Leadership Teams of Primary Care Network Clinical Directors, Social Care, Community Care, Mental Health leads and Social Prescribing partners are evolving to build on individual joint working initiatives to create holistic plans for our communities; currently informed by local needs assessments but soon to be boosted by population health management tools. We are continuing our journey of aligning our resources and sharing investment decision making, supported by Alliance Financial Strategy and Integrated Quality Committees.
1) Transforming Services to meet local needs and the goals of the NHS Long Term Plan, including children’s services, planned care, mental health, cancer, primary care, maternity and end of life
2) Enabling Actions including our workforce, estates and digital transformation across our partnership
3) Connecting Actions, which underpin all of our transformation programme and engage all of our partners:
- Enabling you to stay well; living well for longer supported by prevention, self-care and re-ablement
- Joining up in our communities; physical, emotional health and well- being
- Creating One Team; seamless care delivered by seamless teams
- Changing how we invest; eradicating waste; balancing our books; shifting investment to prevention
- Reducing inequalities; in outcomes and experience
- Planning for the long-term; preparing and planning our services for the next 20-years
The 2019 Index of Multiple Deprivation shows that 5% of small Alliance areas were in the most deprived 10% nationally; including communities in our county town of Ipswich and our port town, Felixstowe. Environment, education, skills, training and barriers to accessing housing and services are all drivers of these inequalities. Our Alliance is working with local partners to understand what more we can collectively do to change this. This includes voluntary and community partners working with hospital, GP practice, mental health and housing colleagues to enable people most in need, suffering or at risk of poor health and wellbeing, to have warm homes, warm meals and warm, joined up health and care services for young people, families and isolated elderly people, as close to home as possible.