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What Matters to You

“What Matters to You and Why?”

In Autumn 2022, local people were invited to contribute their views as part of the development of a new Integrated Care Strategy for health, care and wellbeing in Suffolk and North East Essex. The strategy was being developed by the Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) which was established under the new Health and Care Act in July 2022 to further enable collaboration between local health and care organisations.

Developing an integrated care strategy has been an opportunity for everyone – local residents, communities and our health and care staff – to inform the local priorities for improving health and wellbeing. Working in partnership through our Integrated Care System provides the opportunity for us to do things differently to before, such as reaching beyond ‘traditional’ health and social care services and thinking about the wider factors in our lives that impact on our health and wellbeing.

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The Department of Health and Social Care asked all 42 Integrated Care Systems in England to develop an initial Integrated Care Strategy by the end of 2022. The strategy will then continue to be developed and strengthened on an ongoing basis through the Integrated Care Partnership.

The strategy is important because it sets out how the health and care needs of local people will be met not just by the NHS, but also social care, public health and our voluntary and community sector. It informs BOTH local NHS and county council commissioning plans and the work of NHS trusts and wider system partners. In Suffolk and North East Essex we have made the Integrated Care Strategy accessible as an online resource for everyone interested in health and care.

Members of the public were asked to share their responses to two key questions, “What Matters to You and Why?” and “How should we be ‘Thinking Differently’ in health and care”. People contributed through a range of different channels including:

  • By emailing
  • By completing our survey through our website, Healthwatch Essex and Healthwatch Suffolk, and other local patient engagement forums
  • Through some Community Conversations which were organised by local voluntary and community sector organisations held both online and across 10 locations around Suffolk and North East Essex during October  and November.
  • By visiting our pop up video booth which visited 15 locations around Suffolk and North East Essex during October and November
  • By attending a specific themed online workshop to share evidence and lived experience


Workshop ThemeDownload Slides
People living with CancerDownload Slides
Survivors of trauma and abuseDownload Slides
People Living With Mental Health ProblemsDownload Slides
Preconception, pregnancy and beyondDownload Slides
Living healthily - activity, food, sleep, addictionsDownload Slides
People with caring responsibilitiesDownload Slides
Specific health perspectives – womens health, menopause, men’s health, living with obesityDownload Slides
Childhood - early years and childhoodDownload Slides
Maintaining good health - eye health, dentistry and oral health, hearing and foot healthDownload Slides
People requiring urgent and emergency careDownload Slides
People who are ageingDownload Slides
Young People and AdolescenceDownload Slides
People who are at the end of their lives and people who are bereavedDownload Slides
People living with disabilityDownload Slides
People living with long term conditionsDownload Slides

Last Updated on 7 November 2023

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