Suffolk GP Federation was formed on April 1st, 2013 – but the organisation has a history back to 2007.

Deben Health Group is formed by six practices in the Woodbridge area. The group starts to work with other practice-based commissioning groups in East Suffolk.

Deben Health Group launches a non-pregnancy community ultrasound service in most of East Suffolk, cutting waiting times from six weeks to a fortnight.

Cardiology and urology clinics are launched.

Deben Health Group merges with Suffolk Brett Stour, another practice based commissioning group, to form ES Healthcare.

In preparation for the introduction of clinical commissioning groups, ES Healthcare decides to form a federation with practices in Ipswich. This brings the organisation to 41 practices.

20 additional practices in West Suffolk to create Suffolk GP Federation.

The Federation successfully bids to manage the diabetes service in North East Essex.

The Federation becomes a Wave 2 Prime Ministers’ Challenge Fund provider offering extended primary care access.

Launch of Suffolk GP+ in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

The Federation becomes responsible for managing Walton Surgery in Felixstowe.

The Federation supports the formation of Suffolk Primary Care super-partnership.

The Federation takes over the management at Christmas Maltings & Clements, and Kirkley Mill Surgery in Lowestoft.

Launch of Suffolk Locum Service.

Expansion of GP+ to clinics in Stowmarket, Wickham Market, Leiston and Haverhill.


Awarded contact to deliver an enhanced Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) service across east and west Suffolk, and north east Essex.

Introduction of GP ‘Welcome Back to Work’ service.

Suffolk GP+ expands to west Suffolk.


The GP Support Hub is created to retain and recruit GP’s in Suffolk and north east Essex.

Launch of Suffolk Out of Hours service.

To find out what we have planned for the future, see our objectives for 2019/20.