Health and social care organisations have joined up to form the Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership (“The Partnership”), bringing together 179 GP practices, community, mental health, social care and hospital services across 1.2 million residents to plan and invest in the best health and care for the future.
Our first priority, when our Partnership was formed in 2016, was to bring together the three main hospitals in Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford and improve access to A&E and specialist services.
As a Partnership, we secured over £118 million in capital funds from central government, which will help us to increase capacity in all three hospitals and develop new IT and facilities that will support our work across all three hospital sites.
Having set a course for our hospitals, the same was needed for our GP and community services. By June 2018, we had published a primary care strategy, “Investing in Our Future”. Our aim is to invest in and support GP practices working together as the backbone for joined-up care, where we can build up our activities in prevention, helping people at an earlier stage and avoiding serious illness.
At the same time, our partnership organisations have continued their work to improve services in areas of national priority driven by the NHS Five Year Forward View of 2014, including cancer, maternity, mental health, emergency and urgent care and planned care.