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Useful Links

Updated 21 April 2016 (NHS Improvement link)

Links to websites of our stakeholder partners

Colchester Borough Council Colchester Garrison   Essex County Council
Tendring District Council University of Essex Anglia Ruskin University

The organisations (stakeholder partners) that are part of our Council of Governors.


nhs choices

You can find our Trust on NHS Choices, Colchester General Hospital on NHS Choices and Essex County Hospital on NHS Choices.



Changes in 2016

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.

Changes to the NHS in 2013

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

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


Colchester useful links

The official Colchester tourism website.

Colchester Hospital Radio.

Member of Parliament for Colchester Will Quince's website.

Google map of Colchester.

Clacton useful links

Community website for Clacton-on-Sea

An online guide to Clacton-on-Sea

Tourism website for the Essex Sunshine Coast

Google map of Clacton

Halstead useful links

Information about Halstead

Google map of Halstead

Harwich useful links

Information about Harwich

Google map of Harwich

Other useful links

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.