Annual Reports

ECL is passionate about increasing independence and helping people achieve their potential.
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This year things fully returned to normal, post-pandemic. Since then we have launched our new values: Caring, Teamwork, Excellence and Integrity which our staff embody daily. Our staff across all services continue to do an amazing job and the Board are appreciative of everything they do.

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ECL continues to deliver great outcomes to people who receive services from us in Essex and South East England. We consistently challenge ourselves as we continue to strive to be the best organisation we can be.

In 2022-2023, we have been improving our offer through innovation and identifying unmet needs that we can fulfil. This has included the launch of our Ward-led Enablement Service which provides reablement care to older people while in hospital prior to their discharge. The roll out of this service has been well received by patients and hospital staff and is transforming the ‘stay in bed’ culture in Essex hospitals. Reducing the average length of stay per patient by three days in its first three months in action at Colchester hospital, a 42% improvement.

At the end of this year, we said farewell and thank you to Keir Lynch who stepped down as our Chief Executive in March. Keir did an amazing job in his seven years at ECL, leading the business through turbulent times and never losing sight of our customers and colleagues. Following Keir’s departure we welcomed Peter Fairley as our interim Managing Director, a joint role with his position at Essex County Council. Peter will lead the organisation in his own way, building on Keir’s legacy.

As we look ahead, we will continue to focus on people and where we can deliver maximum benefit. Remaining focused on maintaining the quality of services we deliver and being proud of the difference we make to people’s lives in the communities in which we operate.