History

The organisation has a history that goes back to 2007.

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.

2009
Deben Health Group launches a non-pregnancy community ultrasound service in most of East Suffolk, cutting waiting times from six weeks to a fortnight.

2010
Cardiology and urology clinics are launched.

2011
Deben Health Group merges with Suffolk Brett Stour, another practice-based commissioning group, to form ES Healthcare.

2012
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.

2013
20 additional practices in West Suffolk to create Suffolk GP Federation.

2014
The Federation successfully bids to manage the diabetes service in North East Essex.

2015
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.

2016
The Federation becomes responsible for managing Walton Surgery in Felixstowe.

2017
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.

2018

Introduction of GP ‘Welcome Back to Work’ service.

Suffolk GP+ expands to west Suffolk.

2019

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.

2020

Launch of 24/7 Urgent Care Hub and COVID-19 pandemic home visiting service.

Closure of Walton Surgery and transfer of Kirkley Mill to a new provider.