How did Connect come about?
Connect is a way of working that brings health, social care, public service professionals and the wider community together across Suffolk. The aim is to transform health and care services to meet the challenges of a growing and aging population by 2020, and to support the vision of the Health and Wellbeing Board, that the Suffolk population live healthier and happier lives.
Organisations involved include clinicians (GPs, nurses and hospital doctors), social care professionals, councillors and representatives from local charities and groups, plus statutory organisations such as the police, local authorities and the ambulance service. Connect aims to bring all these together under one umbrella – simpler, increased value, better use of resources, and more helpful.
Four transformational outcomes have been identified as being more achievable through whole system integration at the locality level:
- People manage their own health and social care with the right support when needed
- Communities are easy and supportive places to live with a health or care need
- The health and care system is co-ordinated and effective
- Systems provide best value for money
What benefits are already being seen through Connect?
As a professional, how does Connect affect me?
There are 13 Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INTs) across east, west and south Suffolk who meet monthly to discuss the best ways in which to integrate and work with the local community. In addition, regular “Lunch n Learn” sessions are organised to provide an opportunity for professionals to get together to learn about each others organisations and shared topics.
A whole range of outcomes have already been achieved, for example, drop in clinics at GP practices, mental health professionals hot-desking at ACS, projects to help vulnerable people, regular meetings between professionals to help navigate services, simple equipment clinics and lots more. The aim of the INTs is for professionals to work together and with service users to provide the best outcomes. Each area is different, so local ideas of how to work most effectively is the key to success.
Connect INT areas:
Would you like to be involved?
We are keen to link more professionals and voluntary/community organisations into Connect, to build on the work that has already taken place and to further develop the Connect way of working. So, please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to find out more.