The VCFSE Health and Wellbeing network is one of a number of specialist networks facilitated by Community Action Suffolk for the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector in Suffolk. This network complements our Health and Wellbeing work.
News and information about health issues in Suffolk
Our VCFSE Health and Wellbeing network supports the work of the Health and Wellbeing Board representatives (see below). Its regular meetings allow you to have direct input to Suffolk’s Suffolk’s Health and Wellbeing Board agenda. We send a monthly Health and Wellbeing newsletter to the network providing updates on national, regional and local policies, changes to county services and news about other meetings and forum.
There is a complex web of partnerships and forums in Suffolk, which oversee services addressing health and wellbeing. CAS seeks to draw information from them, to champion VCFSE representation and open up discussion.
How to join the VCFSE Health and Wellbeing network
This network is open to all VCFSE sector organisations. You will receive email updates when we have relevant news and information to share and occasional updates if urgent items need circulating, including a monthly Health and Wellbeing newsletter. You will receive agendas and notes for the Health and Wellbeing network meetings. The network meets in advance of Health and Wellbeing Board.
Purpose of the Health and Wellbeing network
- To provide a reference group for the VCFSE sector representatives on the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board and other key strategic health meetings e.g. Alliance, ICS Board – providing feedback on the Board agenda
- To provide a forum in which to raise issues for VCFSE sector organisations around health and wellbeing
- A place in which to engage with key partner agencies who offer services and activities to improve the health and wellbeing of Suffolk residents
The network also invites guests around specific issues and updated information. Last year there were presentations on the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy, Suffolk All Age Carers Strategy, ICA Delivery Plan, Better Care Fund etc.
Meetings for the VCFSE Health and Wellbeing network
- Tuesday 17 January 2023 – 9.30am
- Tuesday 21 March 2023 – 9.30am
- Tuesday 16 May 2023 – 9.30am
- Tuesday 18 July 2023 – 9.30am
- Tuesday 19 September 2023 – 9.30am
- Tuesday 14 November 2023 – 9.30am
VCFSE representation at other strategic meetings
|Name||VCFSE Representative||What it does?||Partner|
|Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) Suffolk and North East Essex (covers West Suffolk, Ipswich/ East Suffolk & NE Essex) |
VCFSE Assembly Chair
|Hannah Reid |
|An Integrated Care Partnership 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.||Our partnership includes all NHS organisations within the system, local government, other health sector bodies, local hospices, ambulance service and other community and voluntary sector organisations. Leadership for the system is drawn from across these local stakeholders. https://www.candohealthandcare.co.uk/about-us/integrated-care-systems/|
|Ipswich and East Suffolk Alliance||Kirsten Alderson||Transformation and integration of health and social care||Ipswich Hospital; Suffolk County Council; Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and Suffolk GP Federation, working with Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG http://www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/Home.aspx|
|West Suffolk Alliance||Jon Neal and Hannah Reid||Our belief is that by working together in an Alliance we can have an impact on wellbeing, care and physical and mental health outcomes for people.||Suffolk County Council West Suffolk Foundation Trust The Suffolk GP Federation Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (mental health services) West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group https://www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/|
|Integrated Care System (ICS) Norfolk and Waveney||Norfolk and Waveney VCFSE Assembly |
Chair – Emma Ratzer
|Integrated working across physical, social and mental health, delivering holistic care, improved patient experience and better outcomes.||Information on partners see link below: https://www.england.nhs.uk/integratedcare/stps/view-stps/norfolk-and-waveney/|
|VCFSE Assembly Steering Group Norfolk and Waveney||Hannah Reid||Strengthen the relationships between the broad range of voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations operating across Norfolk and Waveney, with local health and social care commissioners and providers.||Voluntary Norfolk, Momentum, Community Action Norfolk, Community Action Suffolk and the statutory partners of the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care. https://www.norfolkandwaveneypartnership.org.uk/our-work/system-transformation/voluntary-sector-assembly|
|Mental Health Transformation Programme Implementation Group||Jon Neal |
Hannah Reid, CAS Chief Executive
Email: [email protected]
Carol Eagles, Chair – VCFSE Health and Wellbeing Network
Email: [email protected]
Belinda Couldridge, EA to CAS Chief Executive & ET
Email: [email protected]
VCFSE sector representation on the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board
Your VCFSE sector representatives are elected by VCFSE sector representatives sit on the Suffolk Health and Wellbeing Board for three years.
Board Member: Carol Eagles (Citizens Advice West Suffolk)
Deputy Board Members: Jon Neal (Suffolk Mind) and Karen Points (Abbeycroft Leisure)