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An opportunity to learn more about your NHS in east Suffolk

Local people are being encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Community Engagement Partnership of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The meeting is an excellent opportunity to learn more about two projects which aim to best support people’s health and wellbeing and ensure the ongoing sustainability and effectiveness of the NHS in east Suffolk.

The meeting will take place on Monday May 13 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at The Key, 15 St Margaret’s Plain, Ipswich IP4 2BB.
A presentation by Catherine Butler, the CCG’s Head of Medicines Management, will outline a new project which will bring about the deployment of pharmacists in care homes to ensure residents are receiving the most appropriate medicine for their needs. The pharmacists will also offer training and support to care home staff to enable them to more effectively administer medication and reduce the amount of wasted medicines.

David Brown, the CCG’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer, will explain how primary care networks are continuing to develop, with GP practices increasingly working together in formal networks. This will enable groups of practices to deliver more services, in year one more pharmacists and social prescribers, building over future years to include additional physiotherapists, physician associates and paramedics.

Maddie Baker-Woods, the CCG’s chief operating officer, will give an update on the work of the CCG.
The meeting will also introduce a new co-chair, Ann Nunn, who will replace Vicky Thomson-Carr, who steps down after three years in the role.

Irene Macdonald, the CCG’s Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, says: “The members of the Community Engagement Partnership are a group of volunteers who have a very real passion for and commitment to their local NHS.

“They very much deserve the support of the wider local community and I encourage as many people as possible to come along to the meeting. As well as a great opportunity to learn more about the work of the NHS in east Suffolk, it is also a chance to talk with the group members and CCG staff. At the end of the meeting members of the public are very welcome to ask questions about any of the agenda items.

“I would also like to take this opportunity thank Vikki Thomson-Carr for her hard work over the last three years. She is a real asset to the community and she has championed the continued development of NHS services so that they meet people’s needs.”

Read the agenda and meeting papers HERE

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