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Physical Activity - Are You Doing Enough?

Public Health Suffolk is conducting a survey to identify the current level of physical activity amongst children throughout the county.  

This is part of a wider needs assessment, which will inform how physical activity levels could be improved and what facilities can be provided to achieve this.

They have devised 3 surveys for different age groups that can be completed by adults, young people (11-18yrs) and another for children (5-10yrs), which can be completed by a parent or carer. The questionnaire on average takes about 5 to 7 minutes to complete 


Health care working together differently

A bold plan on how all organisations involved in health and social care can work together differently across east and west Suffolk and north east Essex has been published.

The plan is known as a sustainability and transformation plan (STP) and involves some 26 organisations in east and west Suffolk and north east Essex, including ambulance, hospitals, community services and social care.

It outlines how health and social care organisations will work together differently, to deliver the necessary change over the next five years. Health and social care services are facing huge challenges, with continuing financial pressures, an expanding population and increasing demand.  This is a real opportunity to transform the local care system by working better within our budget, reducing waste and duplication and delivering improved outcomes for local people.

The NHS and social care have developed a large part of the plans based on what people have already shared, and accept that things have to be different to support a dwindling workforce, patients with more long term conditions and boost quality of services.

Read more here: www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/health-care-working-together-differently/

You can have your say here: www.healthwatchsuffolk.co.uk/NEESuffolkSTP/

Read press release in our News section


Public consultations and engagement

Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group will adhere to the Cabinet Office Consultation Principles. The principles of this document are copied below and they mean that consultation and engagement can be targeted and meaningful.

  • departments will follow a range of timescales rather than defaulting to a 12-week period, particularly where extensive engagement has occurred before;
  • departments will need to give more thought to how they engage with and consult with those who are affected;  
  • consultation should be ‘digital by default’, but other forms should be used where these are needed to reach the groups affected by a policy;
  • and the principles of the Compact between government and the voluntary and community sector will continue to be respected.
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