THE NHS organisations, local authorities and voluntary and community sectors across mid and south Essex, have pledged to work together to become “anchor” institutions and further support the wellbeing of our local communities.
All organisations, which make up the health and care partnership board, have signed a charter as large employers and buyers of services, and committed to making a positive impact on the local communities we serve based on the “anchor institution” principles.
First developed in the US, an anchor institution is one that, alongside its main function, plays a significant and recognised role in a locality by making a strategic contribution to the local economy.
Professor Michael Thorne CBE, Independent Chair of the Health Care Partnership said; “As a collective we recognise our huge potential to add enhanced social value to the lives 1.2milllion people who live in our area. As partners we are uniquely placed and have a key role in how we shape policies and procurement opportunities, and the positive impact this will have on the health and wellbeing of our local communities, so I’m delighted that all partners have signed this charter to show such commitment.”
Through using a shared anchor charter and approach the partnership can work to:
create the conditions to attract local investment and economic growth
increase educational aspiration and attainment among children and adults
offer local employment opportunities
address discrimination in all its forms
create a culture of diversity and inclusion – ensuring equality of opportunity for all
lead the way in supporting the health and wellbeing of our workforce and our residents
address concerning trends such as lowering aspirations of young people, and health disparities exacerbated by COVID-19.
The partnership charter builds on the work already underway in Basildon which has brought together the local hospital, district and county councils to enhance the opportunities for education and employment amongst residents with learning disabilities.
For more information visit MSEHCP website
Copy of the signed Anchor Charter.