04 April 2019, 13:51

Shaping healthcare for the future

Views from four engagement events, attended by NHS frontline staff, local authorities, the voluntary sector and patient representatives across the North East and North Cumbria, were shared with leaders from health and social care at an event at Gosforth Racecourse in March.

The information shared will be used to develop more joined-up care across the region and to help validate and highlight the priorities for an emerging ICS.

Edward Kunonga - Director of Public Health, South Tees 1

At the event, leaders were able to hear first-hand the key themes and issues raised. Recently qualified pharmacist Bethany Smart and trainee nurse Beth Cummins also shared their views and aspirations on what more could be done to recruit, retain and look after the wellbeing of our workforce, as well as how we could deliver care for some of our most hard-to-reach communities.

Heidi Mottram, chief executive of Northumbrian Water, shared her thoughts and gave an inspirational speech about leadership’s role in bringing people together to drive forward ambitions across complex organisations and develop a positive culture.

Leaders had the opportunity to share their views on what they think the next steps and priorities should be to further encourage and enable the delivery of integrated care which focuses on the patient – this included how best practice can be shared more consistently and how communication and engagement can be improved.

These views are now being incorporated into the ICS healthcare strategy and relevant workstreams. 

You can view an animation which summarises the key themes and issues raised at the events as well as some short films here. At each event there was an artist in residence capturing the mood and themes of the day.

Contact Information

Integrated Care System
North of England Commissioning Support Unit