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New network aims to connect over 100 care homes

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The newly established East Suffolk Care Homes Forum is aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of residents of the area’s 104 care homes.

The forum has brought together commissioners and providers with the intention of ensuring more effective partnership working.

Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

New network aims to connect over 100 care homes

Barbara McLean

As well as local care homes, it includes representatives from Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Suffolk Community Healthcare and out-of-hours providers.

Barbara McLean, the CCG’s chief nursing officer, said “This is a really important initiative which will help focus all our efforts on ensuring care home residents get the best possible care.

“The forum will also give care providers extra support and offer an opportunity to share good ideas to promote better ways of working,” she said.

Forum chair Ben Harvey, the CCG’s care home clinical support manager, added: “There’s a lot of good work happening across the care home sector in East Suffolk and this forum will build on that work to further enhance residents’ health and wellbeing.

The said that, on a practical level, the forum would aim to reduce the number of avoidable unplanned acute admissions, enable more care – including end of life care – to be provided in the community, and encourage greater independence and choice among residents.

“Forum members will meet regularly and, through the sharing of good ideas, will promote greater levels of partnership working and better support for care providers,” he said.

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