NHS leaders across the North East and North Cumbria are
encouraging people to get involved in a series of engagement
roadshows set to take place over the autumn.
Working together as an 'Integrated Care System', all NHS
organisations in the North East and North Cumbria along with Local
Authorities and other voluntary and third sector organisations,
have committed to work together on ambitious plans to improve the
health of over 3 million people who live the region and to improve
the quality of their health and care services.
In line with the
NHS Long Term Plan
published in January this year, healthcare leaders in the region
have committed to work together on six shared priorities to help
build a health and care system which is fit for the future by:
Improving population health and preventing ill
health by increasing public awareness on
living healthy and well, better managing the biggest causes of
premature death and continuing to reduce tobacco and alcohol
From Monday 7 October, staff, patients and
members of the public can join a series of NHS 'Join of Journey'
roadshows* to find out more about the region's Integrated Care
System and how NHS organisations are working together.
People will be able to share what makes them most proud of the
NHS, where they would like to see improvements and what concerns
them the most about the future. For those who cannot attend a
roadshow, a short online survey will also be available for people
to feedback views: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FutureNHS
Alan Foster MBE, who has worked as a senior leader in the
region's NHS for over 20 years has led the development of the
region's Integrated Care System. He said:
"We have a strong and proud history of working together in our
region and are already at the forefront of innovation and
transforming care with many examples of major improvements in
patient care over the last decade. But we know there is still
much more to do and we cannot stop there.
"Despite having some of the best performing services in the NHS
and abundance of great care delivered by highly committed staff,
there are still areas where we know quality improvements are
needed. We also know that our overall public health is still
amongst the worst in England and we are not making fast enough
progress on improving the overall health of people living in our
"Over the last 6 to 12 months we have been working closely with
local Health and Wellbeing Boards and Overview and Scrutiny
Committees, alongside regularly meeting with the Regional Joint
Overview and Scrutiny Committee to discuss the development of an
ICS for the region and develop a shared ambition to have the best
health and wellbeing outcomes in England.
"We now need to make this happen by working with local
communities, our partner organisations and our amazing NHS staff
and would encourage everyone to come along to our engagement
roadshows to find out more about how we are working
Life expectancy for people in the North East and North Cumbria
remains amongst the poorest in England and the region has some of
the starkest health inequalities with high levels of preventable
disease and early death rates. All of this drives much of the
pressure on our local health and care system with record numbers of
people accessing services year-on-year.
As part of the NHS 'Join our Journey' roadshows, people will
also be urged to play their part in helping the NHS by:
Engagement with staff, patients, service users and local
people will remain at the heart of how the NHS in the region
continues to make improvements to services which will continue to
be driven by locally. To see a full list of all NHS 'Join our
Journey' roadshows visit: https://nhsjoinourjourney.org.uk/
or follow @NENC_ICS on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JoinOurJourneyNHS.
Published 8th October 2019
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