Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System

Integrated Care Academy

The Integrated Care Academy (ICA), the first of its kind in this country, is an exciting partnership between the University of Suffolk, the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS), Suffolk County Council and Healthwatch Suffolk and others from the voluntary and community sector, such as Suffolk MIND and local hospices.

It will be the leading academic partner for local health and social care services working in mental health, care for older people and end of life care, and for all people and communities who are interested in learning, including service users, their families and carers.

This new initiative has been established to support the changing needs of health and social care, and to help sustain and develop joined-up services for the health and wellbeing of our population in Suffolk, North East Essex and beyond.

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Our vision at the ICA is, to enable the best possible integrated care, accessible to all. The ICA is achieving this vision through its five programmes of activities:

  • Education, Training and Development to add capacity, competence and capabilities in integrated care
  • Transforming Workforce Development in its widest sense, both employed and voluntary, to strengthen integrated care through team-based development
  • Embracing Leadership and Cultural Change, to develop and enhance local talent in integrated care
  • A catalyst for Digital, Data and Technology in integrated care, creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Cutting edge integrated care Research and Innovation to best support our communities.

With an overarching aim of reducing health inequalities the ICA’s three priority areas are purposely aligned with those of the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System. The three priority areas are:

  • Optimal mental health and emotional wellbeing – incorporating mental health services more fully with the wider health and care system
  • Best quality of life as we grow older ensuring as people age, they are as healthy and independent as possible
  • Care and support towards end of life providing flexibility, choice and control over care, and support for those closest to them.



To ensure that we are supporting the longer-term needs of the most vulnerable in our communities and to future-proof our outstanding primary healthcare systems, in collaboration with Healthwatch Suffolk and others, the ICA has initiated a Co-production Hub. Through our Co-production Hub, we will continue to consult, engage, listen to, learn from and work with, the people, organisations, businesses, policy makers, charities, and communities we serve to maximise local impact.

Last Updated on July 27, 2021

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