East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has been recognised in the 2019 Parliamentary Review as an example of best practice in the health sector.
A feature about the social enterprise, which has its headquarters in Lowestoft, highlights how ECCH has this year developed Primary Care Networks based around clusters of GP practices as a new way of providing NHS community health services in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. These are multi-disciplinary teams including nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists who work alongside GPs to ensure patients receive more ‘joined up’ care.
The Parliamentary Review is a publication sent to over 500,000 leading business executives and policy makers. It is independent of parliament and the government and is made up of a variety of editions, each of which covers a single UK policy sector including finance, education, environment, healthcare, manufacturing and technology. It highlights significant developments and concerns for MPs and business leaders across the country.
The article about ECCH also outlines how, as a community interest company, the organisation aims to give ‘added value’ to local communities through initiatives such as running training for new parents in infant resuscitation, safeguarding training to local sports clubs and defibrillator training in rural communities. ECCH has also run three “Get into Healthcare” courses for young unemployed trainees from The Prince’s Trust.
Co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, Lord Pickles, has praised this edition as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that, as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend”.
ECCH Chief Executive Jonathan Williams said: “We are very honoured to be among the companies featured in this year’s Parliamentary Review. It is a great opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic work our teams do every day to provide high quality healthcare to the communities we serve in Norfolk and Waveney.
“As well as sharing best practice, it’s also a chance to demonstrate the values we espouse as an organisation to build health communities and invest our surplus resources to benefit them. It also gave us a platform to reflect on some of the challenges we face and demonstrate how we embrace opportunities and use our flexibility as a social enterprise to come up with innovative solutions to provide better and more joined up care for our service users.”
The best practice article for East Coast Community Healthcare can be viewed here: