Can Do Health & Care - Thinking Differently Report March 2021

Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) 1. Introduction Online event Wednesday 17 March 2021 ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Social Value and Social Entrepreneurs Social value asks the question: ‘If £1 is spent on the delivery of services, can that same £1 be used to also produce a wider benefit to the community?’ “Thinking Differently Together” about social value is about looking beyond the costs of individual contracts or services, to the social, economic and environmental benefit to a community. By focusing on social value, we can support inclusive employment opportunities and seek wider value to areas such as environment, climate action and zero carbon. Our event, which was attended by over 100 people, explored how, as local health and care partners, we can collectively support, address and commit to working within the anchor network and with system partners on this agenda to maximise the collective influence we have in addressing socio-economic and environmental determinants. It included first-hand experiences, discussed where we are now and how we can all work together to get to where we need to go. Our event was chaired by Helen Taylor, Chair of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust who also chairs our ICS Anchors Programme Board. Social value and social entrepreneurship will be a significant element of the Board’s work, and this event supports its development going forward. Helen introduced our event by explaining that as we emerge from the pandemic and think about the next stage of recovery, we should reflect on the approach of Professor Sir Michael Marmot, that we should not only be Building Back Better, but we should be Building Back Fairer. We know that there are significant health inequalities in Suffolk and North East Essex, and that Covid-19 has exposed and amplified those inequalities. Many of the containment measures that have had to be taken through the pandemic, such as lockdowns, tier systems and social isolation will have all had further impacts on people’s health and wellbeing and inequalities. Thinking about how we can add social value through the activities of our partner organisations, and the role of social entrepreneurs will be critical to our health and care system Building Back Fairer. Source: United Nations Helen Taylor, Chair of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust 1 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System