We work closely with partners including the ambulance service, local hospitals and mental health services, Northumberland County Council, the Health and Wellbeing board, independent consumer champion Healthwatch Northumberland and other key stakeholders in the community and voluntary sector to develop the best approach to planning and buying healthcare.
Health and wellbeing board
The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together key partners from health and care organisations to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of local people.
The objectives of the board:
- Give every family the best start to life
- Ensure everyone is treated fairly, feels included and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential
- Enable everyone to take greater responsibility for their health and wellbeing
- Keep people healthier for longer and create the conditions for everyone to die with dignity
- Champion a preventative approach to ill-health and the wider factors that contribute to it
We jointly produce and maintain the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) with Northumberland County Council, which is a statutory government assessment aiming to provide a shared picture of the health, care and other needs of Northumberland residents.
Healthwatch is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. Healthwatch works to make sure the voices of people using the services are heard both locally, with organisations including the CCG and the council, and nationally.
We work with Healthwatch Northumberland to seek the views of patients, carers and service users. The aim of Local Healthwatch is to provide a single point of contact for people to report their experiences, concerns or their compliments about health and social care in the county.
Working on behalf of patients and service users, Healthwatch Northumberland makes sure that views about a service – such as a visit to a dentist, doctor, hospital, day care centre or care home – are heard and acted upon.
We have commissioned Healthwatch Northumberland to:
Work with harder to reach groups in the community and voluntary sector along with communities in Rothbury, Berwick upon Tweed, Morpeth and Wylam.
Our work with Healthwatch includes engaging with:
- Families at Children’s Centres
- Visitors to country shows
- SEND (Specialist Educational Needs and Disabilities) network
- Action on Hearing Loss Group
- Living Well Beyond Cancer Network
- Glendale Mental Health Forum
- Ageing Well Network along with communities in Rothbury and Berwick upon Tweed.
- Wylam Surgery Users’ Group
- The Whalton Unit Campaign Group
Feedback from these engagements is included in bespoke project reports which are shared with the relevant CCG staff and go to the CCG’s Governing Body to inform our work. They are then published on our website so you can see how this feedback has been used.
We work with our partners across the health and wellbeing system to ensure that we make decisions which develop patient centred health services for people in Northumberland.
We have listed some of our partners below:
- NHS England
- NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG
- NHS North Tyneside CCG
- Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
- Northumberland County Council
- Health and Wellbeing Board
- Health and Wellbeing Board Overview and Scrutiny Committee
- Healthwatch Northumberland
- Carers Northumberland
- Northumberland Age UK
- Alzheimer’s Society
- Northumberland Youth Service
- North of England Commissioning Support
- Patient Participation Groups
- Northumberland VCS
- The Consultation Institute