Updated 21 April 2016 (NHS Improvement link)
The organisations (stakeholder partners) that are part of our Council of Governors.
You can find our Trust on NHS Choices, Colchester General Hospital on NHS Choices and Essex County Hospital on NHS Choices.
From 1 April 2016, NHS Improvement brings together Monitor, NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), Patient Safety, the National Reporting and Learning System, the Advancing Change Team and the Intensive Support Teams.
NHS Improvement will build on the best of what these organisations did, but with a change of emphasis. Its priority is to offer support to providers and local health systems to help them improve.
NHS Improvement is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as independent providers that provide NHS-funded care. NHSI offer the support these providers need to give patients consistently safe, high quality, compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable. By holding providers to account and, where necessary, intervening, NHSI help the NHS to meet its short-term challenges and secure its future.
You can read more about NHS Improvement here.
As part of the changes to the NHS brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) ceased to exist on 31 March 2013. Their responsibilities were taken over by NHS England and a range of new organisations, described below.
Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)
CCGs are made up of local GPs, nurses and other professionals responsible for commissioning services for local communities.
North East Essex CCG is made up of the 44 GP practices situated in the geographic areas covered by Colchester Borough Council and Tendring District Council.
Other Essex CCG websites: Mid Essex CCG and West Essex CCG
Changes to the NHS in 2013
- NHS England At the heart of the new health and care system making sure that NHS services deliver the best possible care for patients.
- Department of Health Sets objectives and budgets and holds the system to account on behalf of the Secretary of State.
- NHS Trust Development Authority Supporting NHS trusts to secure sustainable, high quality services for the patients and communities it serves.
- Public Heath England works with national and local government, industry and the NHS to protect and improve the nation's health and support healthier choices.
- Health Education England Responsible for the education, training and development of the healthcare workforce.
- Health Education East of England is the Local Education and Training Board (LETB) is a subcommittee of Health Education England. Its aim is to ensure the security of workforce supply and continuously to improve the quality of education, training and development in the east of England. It also aim to enable the health and care workforce to respond effectively to the needs of patients, carers and families.
- NHS Property Services Ltd Improving clinical services and patient experience by managing and developing safe and efficient estate, buildings and facilities.
- Commissioning Support Units (CSUs provide professional advice and support to CCGs and other customers.
- NHS Central Eastern Commissioning Support Unit operated across Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Luton. But it ceased trading on 30 September 2014
- The Office of Public Health is part of the local authority responsible for services.
- Essex County Council local authority works with health partners to develop the Essex Health and Wellbeing Board; a statutory forum for organisations to improve the public health and wellbeing of Essex residents and drive the integration of health and wellbeing services.
- Healthwatch Essex. Through its network of volunteers and independent research, it can find out what matters most to people in Essex about health and social care. With such a vast and complicated health and social care system, it's not always clear where you should go to find information. If you would like to find out about health and care services where you live, visit Healthwatch Essex Information Service, or phone 0300 500 1895. It's your one-stop-shop for information about health and care services in your area.
Other "health-related" useful links
Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE). ACE is the local healthcare provider for North East Essex. It aims to improve the health and well-being of local communities, our services are provided across north east Essex to a population of some 318,000. As a social enterprise our objectives are primarily social and any profit is reinvested straight back into our services and local community.
Provide offer a broad range of community services across Essex, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, as well as the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge.
Essex Partnership NHS Trust and the care they provide for people experiencing poor mental health living in Essex.
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk and provides a range of services, but is best known for the 999 emergency service.
National Blood Service. NHS Blood and Transplant ( NHSBT) manages the national voluntary donation system for blood, tissues, organs and stem cells turning these precious donations into products that can be used safely to the benefit of the patient.
Colchester League of Hospital & Community Friends
The official Colchester tourism website.
Colchester Hospital Radio.
Member of Parliament for Colchester Will Quince's website.
Google map of Colchester.
Community website for Clacton-on-Sea
An online guide to Clacton-on-Sea
Tourism website for the Essex Sunshine Coast
Google map of Clacton
Information about Halstead
Google map of Halstead
Information about Harwich
Google map of Harwich
The Cinnamon Trust is a charity that links elderly or terminally ill pet owners with volunteers who can helps look after their pets, such as dog walking, taking pets to the vets or even foster pets whilst the owner is in hospital.