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Our Local Project

Compassionate Communities is a public health approach to end of life care. It is not a new idea.


We do not underestimate the vast amount of compassion that exists in our community already. But in the Peninsula Practice area, we are trying to work differently...

 In March 2019, the Peninsula Practice was successful in its bid for funding for a 2-year ‘test’ project to develop a Compassionate Community locally, in East Suffolk. 

The full report of this project can be downloaded here, or read in the 'Report' page:

Project Area

The pilot focused upon a small geographic area and patient population to test out the concept before scaling up.  The primary activity therefore was to enable this small locality to become “a compassionate community” networked and supportive to each other at End of Life.


The pilot lasted for two years from March 2019- March 2021, with an evaluation produced in March 2021.


It received funding in 2019 from East Suffolk Council – Hidden Needs Fund and The Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.


The Ipswich and East CCG End of Life Programme Board identified “Compassionate Communities” as a new work stream for 2019, on the back of this developing pilot work.The Board received regular reports on the Compassionate Communities project.

The End of Life Programme Board’s (EOL) membership included:

  • East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust,

  • East of England Ambulance Trust,

  • local Hospices in Suffolk and Essex,

  • Suffolk County Council Public Health and Adult Social Services,

  • GPs and consultants.


A “Compassionate Communities” Project Steering Group met every two months to ensure the pilot was delivering against its milestones, and that the evaluation was built in from the start.

A subgroup drove activity under two of the Compassionate Communities project aims by adopting creative approaches to improve death literacy and reducing stigma at end of life. It did this by:

  • Capturing best practice globally, what was happening locally, or happened in the past, and sought to build upon this

  • Developing activity with other voluntary sector organisations or community groups either by

    • direct commissioning/ grant funding or

    • by direct delivery, utilising existing skills and resources within the Compassionate communities project



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