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Our Partners

Our Health and Care Academy Programme draws together a range of partners, responsible for implementing and providing health and care services within North East Essex, Ipswich and East and West Suffolk. In doing so, we facilitate a shared approach to leadership across our partners, supporting them to work collectively towards improving the health and wellbeing of the local population.

  • NHS Commissioners – clinical commissioning groups and specialised commissioning
  • NHS Providers – acute, mental health, ambulance and community
  • Local Government – county councils, district and borough councils, town councils, parish councils
  • NHS regulators and other bodies – NHS England, NHS Improvement, Care Quality Commission (CQC), Health Education England
  • Primary Care – GP practices, Local Medical Committees, GP Federations, Local Professional Networks (LPNs) (community pharmacists, optometrists and dentists)
  • Independent Sector Providers – private sector and Community Interest Companies
  • Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector – Community Foundations and other funders, infrastructure organisations, hospices and other community or sector specific organisations
  • Public Representatives – Healthwatch, patient and carer groups
  • Education and Research – universities and academic health sciences networks
  • Other Sectors – industry, police and crime, education, etc.

There is a wealth of career opportunities across the integrated care system, in a variety of settings; whatever your aspirations for the future, there’s something on offer for everyone.

Hospital Services

East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) – formed in 2018 via the merger of the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust and Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust; providing hospital and community healthcare services across Colchester, Ipswich and surrounding local areas:

ESNEFT Time Matters – YouTube

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – based in Bury St Edmunds, providing acute hospital care and a range of community care services to patients across West Suffolk (including Newmarket Community Hospital): 

Primary Care

Primary Care is usually the first point of contact for people requiring healthcare services, which is why you may here it described as “the front door” of the NHS. Mainly provided by General Practitioners (GPs), primary care also encompasses Dentists, Opticians and Community Pharmacists and more – so there is a wide variety of career paths on offer for a range of clinical and non-clinical staff.

Over the last few years, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have been formed, made up of groups of GP practices; the practices within each PCN work closely together (and often share workforce) to deliver an integrated approach to healthcare services for the local population. Across Suffolk and North East Essex alone, there are 102 GP practices, many of which comprise 27 PCNs.

Visit the Primary Care Careers website: 

Training Hubs provide the infrastructure for multi-professional training and education in primary care to support recruitment, retention and return of all staff groups.
Training Hubs core role is to increase placements by working with education providers to ensure quality learning environments and facilitate student placements in General Practice. We will be working with CCGs, PCNs, Practices, HEIs and other key stakeholders to support the development of learning opportunities across Suffolk and North East Essex

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County Councils

Your local county council can connect you with resources including job, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities, information about educational establishments and learning courses in the county, adult social care and health services near you, and much more.

Visit the Essex Gov website:
Visit the Suffolk Gov website:

Mental Health

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – assisting and enabling those that require mental health and learning disability support across Norfolk and Suffolk:

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) – working to provide mental health and learning disability services in homes and community settings across Suffolk, Essex and Bedfordshire:


Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for commissioning the majority of community NHS services within the local area; this includes ascertaining the services required for the population in the region and making sure those services are available. This may include hospital care, urgent/emergency care and out-of-hours, community health, rehabilitative care and some mental health and learning disability services.

North East Essex CCG:
Ipswich & East Suffolk CCG:
West Suffolk CCG:


East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust – providing 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year accident and emergency medical treatment and transport across the east of England (including Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire) as well as non-emergency transport for patients to and from hospitals and other treatment centres:

Next Generation

The Next Generation project ambassadors work to engage students across North East Essex and Suffolk, showcasing the variety of career options on offer within health and care, sharing their experience and knowledge with would-be recruits to demonstrate what it is really like to work in the sector… More about Next Generation.

Prince's Trust

The Prince’s Trust believe that all young people should have access to exciting training and career opportunities – and aim to constantly find new ways connect them with the support they need, through free courses, grants, mentorship and more. Visit the website:

Colchester Borough Council

Your local Borough Council can connect you with resources including job, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities and much more.
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Tendring District Council

Your local District Council can connect you with resources including job, apprenticeship and volunteering opportunities and much more.
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Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector is a key partner within our Integrated Care System (ICS) and plays a vital role in improving the health and care outcomes. Our charities, independent and social enterprises employ between 13,000 – 14,000 people and have a turnover of approximately £275 million. We work closely with our local population on a daily basis and are able to share invaluable insight to support the system to identify the assets, needs and aspirations of service users and carers. We have specialist expertise that is well placed to support those with complex and multiple needs within our communities and often focus on early action, preventative services and wider social value.

Community Voluntary Services Tendring is run by the local community to support, promote and develop voluntary and community action.
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Community 360 is an independent, charitable infrastructure organisation whose aim is to inspire groups to seize opportunities and become more enterprising and sustainable.
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