Thinking Differently Anchors - September

1 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) Our Role as Local Anchor Institutions The size and scale of health and care organisations and collaborations means they can positively influence the health and wellbeing of communities in many ways beyond providing health and care services. With the impact of Covid-19 becoming increasingly apparent for communities across Suffolk and North East Essex, this gave leaders from across our Integrated Care System the opportunity to come together, to reinforce the Anchors Charter that our ICS Board agreed earlier this year, and to discuss the collective difference that we can make by purchasing more locally, widening access to quality work, using our buildings and spaces differently, reducing our environmental impact and working with local communities. Our event brought together over 80 local and national stakeholders to hear a wide range of perspectives on why it is so important that our anchor institutions support local people, businesses and economies, particularly in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what we can do as a system to make progress. Our joint Chairs were Professor Will Pope, Independent Chair of Suffolk and Norfolk ICS, and Councillor Tony Goldson, Chair of the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board. Participants were able to contribute during the event using the Slido app, and in this way we received a wide range of valuable thoughtas and ideas. This report summarises our speakers’ contributions and feedback, together with some further information and resources for our anchor institutions and collaborations to start to move forward and achieve real change for our local populations. It explores the difference we can make by more fully realising the contribution that through our size and scale we can positively contribute to local areas. This includes purchasing more locally for social benefit, using our buildings and spaces to support local communities, widening access to quality work, working well with partners and reducing our environmental impact. 1. Introduction Online event Wednesday 16 September 2020 ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Councillor Tony Goldson Chair, Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board Professor Will Pope ICS Independent Chair