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21 July 2017
Press release

Extra funding announced for local STP

The Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for east and west Suffolk and north east Essex has successfully secured additional Government funding worth nearly £3.8m.

This funding will provide extra resources for three specific projects – two for local communities and one to support prevention and management of diabetes.

It will see £1.3 million towards a health and wellbeing hub in Newmarket; £1.5 million to create a primary care hub in Clacton and £955,313 to deliver education and training resources to improve awareness and treatment of diabetes across the STP area.

STPs outline how local health and care services will evolve and become sustainable over the next five years, setting out how these organisations could work together differently and more effectively. 

In March the Government announced that up to £325 million would be made available to some of the country’s strongest STPs which made successful funding applications. The STP for the east and west Suffolk and north east Essex areas is acknowledged as being at an advanced stage.

The three projects which have secured funding are:

  • Newmarket – The plan will see primary care services delivered alongside community health services at Newmarket Community Hospital, creating a health and wellbeing hub.
  • Clacton - The scheme will encompass the reconfiguration, refitting and refurbishment of Kennedy House, an NHS premises in Clacton. Two local Clacton GP practices (Epping Close Surgery and Frinton Road Medical Centre) will be able to move into the building, vacating their existing unsuitable accommodation.  Kennedy House will also continue to provide accommodation for Anglian Community Enterprise colleagues to deliver a range of community services and will have a training facility to support the promotion of looking after long term conditions such as diabetes.  
  • Diabetes – The STP area already works with primary care teams to deliver good quality diabetes care. The additional funding will be used to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and management.

Nick Hulme, Leader of the STP for Suffolk and North East Essex said: “This is a great example of how working together in a different way is already bringing benefits to patients and local services. I am excited and committed to making this partnership highly successful in facing the challenges and delivering the best outcomes for the communities we serve.”

Dr Ed Garratt, chief officer for Ipswich and East Suffolk and West Suffolk CCGs, said: “Being allocated these additional financial resources will support the implementation of our plans.

“One of the biggest challenges facing the local health service is ensuring that primary care services can meet the ever increasing demand from an expanding population. By being able to integrate our community services we will help meet these challenges and provide an improved environment for patients.”

Sam Hepplewhite, chief officer for North East Essex CCG, added: “The number of people living with diabetes continues to increase. We know the public support increasing awareness of the condition. By promoting healthier lifestyles we can reduce the number of people affected over time. This will include working with mental health providers to provide a better service for their patients’ needs.”

STPs nationally are rated as "outstanding", "advanced", "making progress" and "needs most improvement".

Please direct ALL media enquiries regarding this press release to Jan Ingle on 01473 704770

Issued by The Communications Team on 01473 770014
NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk
NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group – www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk

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