Consultations and engagement

Current Engagement

Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS) have your say on health and care in Northumberland

People living and working across Northumberland are being asked to share their views on future health and care priorities by completing an online survey.

Northumberland County Council and NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to improve the overall health and wellbeing of the county’s residents and reduce inequalities over the next 10 years.

Health and care leaders from the Health and Wellbeing Board, working with wider stakeholders, have drafted a new Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the county. This explains what health and wellbeing priorities the board has set in order to tackle the county’s health needs. Rather than taking action on everything at once, it sets priorities for joint action with the aim of making a real impact on people’s lives.

The draft document here has identified four key themes:

  • Giving all children and young people the best start in life
  • Empowering people and communities
  • Tackling some of the wider contributing factors of health
  • Adopting a ‘whole system’ approach to health and care.

The council and the CCG are keen to engage with the people of Northumberland to hear their thoughts and feelings about their ideas.

The online survey and further information is available on the council website here and people have until 30 September to complete it.

There is also an opportunity to comment on the draft strategy at a number of engagement events that are being held across the county in August.
  • Wednesday 15 August, 2pm – 4.30pm at Morpeth Town Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1LZ
  • Thursday 16 August, 2pm – 4.30pm at Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 5JF
  • Friday 17 August, 2pm – 4.30pm at Hexham Abbey, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB
  •  Monday 20 August, 2pm – 4.30pm at Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TN


Closure of Collingwood Medical Group

Collingwood Medical Group in Blyth has taken the difficult decision to terminate its contract and will no longer provide GP services from December 2018.

The CCG has had to make a decision about what to do to ensure patients have access to health care locally.

After careful consideration of all the available options, we have reluctantly decided that the practice will close permanently and will stop delivering GP services on 30 November 2018.

All patients registered at Collingwood Medical Group should have received a letter from the CCG informing them of this decision and to ask them to begin thinking about registering with an alternative practice in the coming months.

Included in this letter was a list of nearby practices that patients can approach and we also provided answers to some frequently asked questions. You can find copies of these documents below:



How can people get further information

Three drop-in meetings have been arranged for any patients who would like to stop by for a short time to gain further information or raise any concerns in person.  These sessions will be attended by the CCG alongside representatives from NHS England, Collingwood Medical Group, Healthwatch Northumberland and the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).

Drop-in sessions

  • Wednesday 4 July, 1pm – 3pm, Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth NE24 3AG
  • Wednesday 11 July, 2pm – 4pm, Briardale Community Centre, Briardale Road, Blyth NE24 5AN
  • Monday 16 July, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth NE24 3AG

People can also:

  • Contact Healthwatch Northumberland on 03332 408 468 (local call rate) or email
  • Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at:
    Telephone:                      Freephone 0800 032 02 02
    Write:                                FREEPOST PALS
    Text:                                  01670 511098
  • Email comments to:
  • Write to: NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
  • Leave a reply in the comments box below


Closed engagement

Berwick Integrated Hospital Development Listening Exercise

Dental Services in Rothbury and Hadston

Closed consultations

NHS England consultation – Routine prescribing in primary care

Rothbury Community Hospital