Students, researchers, health and care leaders, frontline staff and local communities are invited to contribute to a series of free online events that will mark the launch of the Integrated Care Academy (ICA), hosted by the University of Suffolk.
The ICA will be the first of its kind in the country, aimed at improving joined up health and care and giving local people increased opportunity to be part of the local health and care workforce.
The founding partners of the ICA include Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System, University of Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and Healthwatch Suffolk and other community and voluntary sector organisations, such as Suffolk MIND and the local hospices.
The Integrated Care Academy will focus initially on older people’s care and end of life and mental health care for all ages, building on existing university resources and creating new capacity and capability.
The Foundation Week, between 24 and 28 May, will offer a programme of free online interactive activities to give local people a taste of what the academy will offer.
Professor Chantal Ski, Director of the Integrated Care Academy, said “Foundation Week will be a fantastic way to launch the academy. Our activities will include taster training sessions, research showcases, technology demonstrations, inspirations for great leadership and creative sessions to show off the talents of Suffolk and north east Essex.”
Professor Ski added “We are really keen to play our part to make an impact on the wider determinants of health and wellbeing and reduce inequalities. The academy will enable us to grow and develop the workforce for health and social care as well as research that will benefit our population. This will give Suffolk and north east Essex the chance to demonstrate to the country and the world the benefits of system leadership for health and social care. Already we are working with international partners, such as the World Health Organisation and several European research institutions. Our aspiration is to establish Suffolk and north east Essex as one of the best places in the world for learning and developing integrated care."
Professor of Integrated Care, Mark Shenton – who is also chair of the Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG - said “The development of the ICA will help our system to recruit, develop and sustain our workforce. We are rapidly expanding with additional roles in primary care, for example. There will be more career opportunities and local social mobility through the increased placements on offer for courses that will be provided by the university. The academy will really assist us with meeting this demand and I would strongly encourage anyone interested in integrated care or considering a career in health and care services to come along to our open discussions during Foundation Week.”
To find out more about the Integrated Care Academy and the events programme for Foundation Week 24 – 28 May 2021, please visit the ICA web pages https://www.uos.ac.uk/ica
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