Suffolk Community Services cares for children and adults closer to home across the county, excluding Waveney. The services are delivered by two alliances made up of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust in the east and West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust in the west, with Suffolk GP Federation, Suffolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust working across both areas. In addition our community equipment service is provided by Medequip. We employ around 1,300 staff, including nurses,doctors, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist clinicians, administrators and support staff.
Dr Stephen Dunn is the Chief Executive of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Dunn joined the Trust from the NHS Trust Development Authority, where he was director of delivery and development. In this role he had oversight of the work of 24 Trusts, which gave him extensive knowledge of the challenges faced by district general hospitals across the country.
Prior to this, Dr Dunn, who has a PhD in Economics, held a variety of senior roles, including positions across the Midlands and East of England regions, within the Department of Health and HM Treasury. During his career, he has developed and implemented a range of innovative new concepts, including the first NHS operating franchise at Hinchingbrooke and the friends and family test, which was rolled out across the NHS in 2013.
Nick Hulme is the Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust and has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years. He has an outstanding record of achievement in operational management and leadership in large, complex London acute Trusts. Nick successfully brought together community and hospital based care in his previous role as Chief Executive of Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
He has worked in health and social care throughout his career. His first management role was in sexual health services before being appointed to senior leadership roles in operational and general management. Mr Hulme spent 11 years as trustee of the Terrence Higgins Trust, most recently as Chairman for three years.
David Pannell is the Chief Executive of the Suffolk GP Federation and has worked in primary care in the county since 2007. He has 20 years of experience in business and management.
Sheila Smyth is the director of community care services for Suffolk GP Federation, where she was until recently the Chief Nurse.
Dawn Godbold – Director of Integration (west alliance) - a qualified nurse, Dawn has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years. She has specialised in both gynaecology and Marie Curie nursing, and has held a variety of senior clinical and managerial roles during her career. Dawn has been with Suffolk Community Services for 13 years.
Alison Smith - Director of Community Services (east alliance) - Alison has joined us from her role as deputy chief operations officer at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, an integrated acute and community organisation. She has held leadership roles in a number of NHS Trusts with a focus on community, integration and improvement, including in Huntingdon and Cambridgeshire.