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Our Partners

Our Partners

We Can Do Together works to draw 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.

The range of health and care organisations we work with across Suffolk and North East Essex includes:

  • hospitals, providing acute care, as well as a range of inpatient and outpatient services
  • CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) – responsible for the management of healthcare services for the population in their local area
  • community care providers, such as health visitors, occupational therapy services, speech and language clinics etc – serving patients with ongoing conditions in their local region
  • services for individuals with learning disabilities or specific mental health needs
  • providers of social care and support for non-clinical patients such as care homes and domiciliary care or services for adults with learning disabilities etc
  • emergency services (such as the ambulance service) and the NHS 111 service
  • primary care – the day-to-day provider of healthcare and often the first contact for our local population

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.

Read more about primary care.

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:

ICS Website

Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System – the SNEE ICS work hard to encourage and develop a culture of leadership across the health and care system in their communities – and a ‘Can Do’ attitude to integrated thinking and working at every level. Find out more about their ambition to enable ‘Health Equality for Everyone’:

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.
Visit the website: 

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 Services

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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