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West Suffolk Alliance

In September 2016 health and care partners formed the West Suffolk Alliance. We have committed to work together to improve the health and care system in West Suffolk for all people whether they be a child, part of a family or a single adult. Our belief is that by working together in an Alliance we can have an impact on wellbeing, care and physical and mental health outcomes for people.

The alliance is made up of a wide range of partner organisations who are contributors to the wider determinants of health and who have signed up to the alliance strategy – All About People and Places.

Key Priorities

The strategy for our Alliance is to move from working as individual organisations towards being a fully integrated single system, with a shared vision, clear local priorities, able to both provide an improved service for people in West Suffolk and also to tackle the sustainability issues faced by the system together.

We have identified the following  four key priorities:

  • Strengthening the support for people to stay well and manage their wellbeing and health in their communities
    Building local integrated working, across all ages and across both physical and mental health.
  • Focusing with individuals on their needs and goals
    Looking at how we co-ordinate services to help people of all ages keep well, get well and stay well.
  • Changing both the way we work together and how services are configured…
    …so that health and care services are sustainable into the future and work well for people.
  • Making effective use of resources
    We will use the West Suffolk pound in the best way locally, reducing duplication and waste. All our organisations face challenging finances and if we work together we can use our resources better
Our Partners include:
  • NHS Suffolk and North East Essex ICB
  • Suffolk County Council
  • West Suffolk Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust
  • West Suffolk Council
  • Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils
  • Healthwatch Suffolk
  • St. Nicholas Hospice Care
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Suffolk GP Federation

And many more partners who are involved in the health and wellbeing of local people.

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Our approach is for everyone at all stages of their life to be able to Live Well in West Suffolk Alliance.

We will organise ourselves and define the outcomes we wish to achieve using the 6 domains of the Live Well model:

  • Start Well; Giving children the best start in life
  • Feel Well; Supporting mental wellbeing
  • Be Well; Empowering adults to make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Age Well; Supporting people to live safely and independently as they grow older
  • Stay Well; Supporting adults with health or care concerns to access support and maintain healthy, productive and fulfilling lives
  • Die Well; Giving individuals nearing end of life choice around their care

The Alliance will become the forum for all key commissioning decisions affecting the health and wellbeing of the population of West Suffolk Alliance. We will move away from traditional commissioning models to a population health-based approach with ever greater integration of health and local authority services, and greater parity between physical and mental health.

Our Activites

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
Joint Forward Plan

Last Updated on 22 February 2024

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