Ipswich & East and West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups are working together with representatives from primary and community care services and training providers to address workforce and workload challenges to ensure that we have the right number of health and care professionals with the right skills to meet the evolving needs of local people.
Our vision is for practices to play an active role in the planning and implementation of the project to ensure that the work taking place meets the need of those working on the front line. By working in partnership, we will be able to maintain the quality of patient care received locally and support you in forecasting your workforce needs for the future.
This webpage will provide you with information on the work that is currently taking place and details of opportunities for you to get involved within your CCG area.
The CEPN initiative aligns with the emerging Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) that have been requested by NHS England following the release of the NHS shared planning guidance in December 2015. This will ensure local health and care services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years whilst delivering better health and care.
Suffolk and North East Essex STP will be focusing on the following primary care objectives in line with the GP Five Year Forward View:
- Supporting the primary care workforce e.g. new types of staff which many of our practices are already starting to employ, such as pharmacists and physios
- Additional routine appointments in the evening and weekend via an expanded GP+ style service
- Greater use of technology
- Working at greater scale, for those practices wanting to do so, with the potential to create integrated primary care and community services providers (Multi-speciality Community Provider)