Suffolk and north east Essex are leading the way in providing better care for local people after being named today as one of four areas to join the development of integrated care across health, social care and the voluntary sector. Leaders say it signals the start of a journey to introduce an Integrated Care System across the region.
An Integrated Care System joins up all parts of the health and care system including GPs, hospitals, community care and social care as well as physical and mental health services. People would find it easier to access services, see more joined up care delivery and staff should find it easier to work with colleagues from other organisations.
Nick Hulme, STP Lead, said: “This is fantastic news for people living across Suffolk and north east Essex. We are still at the beginning of a journey to improve services for local people and to bring about common sense improvements to the way we provide health and care. We want to make it easier for people to access services and to reduce the stress we cause them because of the complex way our different organisations provide services. By going beyond our organisational boundaries, we will better support people to live healthier lives, provide services closer to people’s homes and help patients to stay out of hospital when they do not need to be there.”