Getting started 2011-2012

Setting Up

Halesworth Health was set up to safeguard and develop ideas to sustain Halesworth’s health and care services after years of discussion between health professional and the NHS authorities came to nothing.

The first meeting of the founding members from Cutlers Hill Surgery, Patrick Stead Hospital League of Friends, Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund and Community First Responders was held in February 2011.

Getting started

Keeping and developing the primary and community healthcare, community hospital and social care services on one site was top priority.

Halesworth Health considered that there was only one way forward. A local solution – ‘Working with the NHS, but not relying wholly on the NHS’.

Two key facts gave us confidence in Halesworth’s ability to meet the challenge:

Enthusiastic community support and involvement

Evidence that the Halesworth approach
– teamwork and innovation – works

  • Low emergency admission rates – saving around £1million per year
  • Low use of Accident and Emergency Departments
  • Low outpatient referral – problems are dealt with locally
  • Pioneering services – such as cardiovascular monitoring at home – to overcome the problems of rural isolation
  • Quality and choice particularly for elderly people
  • End of life care – 90% of terminally ill patients die at home or in Patrick Stead Hospital. Nationally most people die in an acute hospital.

A local solution

Halesworth Health

  • Wrote the health section of the Town Plan and issued the Halesworth Health leaflet to 7,000 households
  • Strengthened links with new bodies that will commission and provide healthcare from 2013
  • Invited local MPs Dr Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal) and Peter Aldous (Waveney) to meet the teams (April 2011)
    -in Parliament they praised the care at Patrick Stead Hospital and the Halesworth Community Nursing Care Fund
  • The Secretary of State for Health came to Cutlers Hill Surgery to see for himself how Halesworth’s healthcare works (November 2011). He supported the ambition for Halesworth.

Making the Case

By the end of the first year Halesworth Health had succeeded in getting Halesworth back on the map. Our first year review – Getting Started 2011-2012 – explains in full what we did.

Now we all have to maintain the momentum and make strong case to the NHS bodies that commission our healthcare – HealthEast and NHS Norfolk and Waveney.

Halesworth Health and East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), which provides all our community health services, are discussing the important contribution that ECCH will make to the  development of Halesworth’s health services.

We are also working with the Campus Project to link health and care services with housing, sports and other ‘wellbeing’ facilities planned for Halesworth.

Find out what we did in 2011. Download the first year report Getting started 2011-2012 PDF for Halesworth Health’s aims, action, outcomes and next steps.

Our role to develop – and secure support – for proposals that will ensure that Halesworth continues to have high quality care at and close to home continues throughout 2012.  We will make every effort to see that all potential partners come together for a successful outcome.

For background see Problems and SolutionsMaking it Special and Why Halesworth Health?


Moving on 2012 – 2014

Charitable Status

In January 2012 Halesworth Health moved from being an informal group to an unincorporated association, and then became a registered charity on 28th March 2012.  Our charity number is 1146637.