Work begins to transform healthcare

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Work is underway to improve healthcare in North Tyneside.

Health and care organisations are working to develop innovative new models of care, shaped around the needs of individuals.

The local NHS in North Tyneside is coming together with wider health and care partners to agree a vision for how services can deliver care which is more joined up and, more importantly, focuses on helping local people to stay healthy and well.

Dr John Matthews, a local GP and chairman of NHS North Tyneside CCG, said: “Our approach will be a different way of working, bringing health and social care organisations closer together and improving the quality of services for local people.

“The whole of the NHS is facing very similar challenges and it is vital that we work collectively to make sure we maximise the skill, knowledge and precious public resources which exist in North Tyneside.

“Local people will have an important role to play as this work evolves over the months ahead and we will be actively encouraging residents to get involved – not only in helping us develop future services but also to think about how they can take better active care of their own health and wellbeing.”

David Evans, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a very exciting time for health and care services in North Tyneside and we are delighted to share our expertise in developing new models of care and engaging the public, staff and patients to build a system fit for the future.

“It is vital that we look at experiences through the eyes of our patients and remove the barriers of organisational boundaries which have historically existed.

“By working together we want to make sure care is better joined up so that patients have a smooth transition throughout services and, ultimately, are empowered to live long and healthy lives.”

The local NHS and partner organisations are working together with Healthwatch North Tyneside – the consumer champion for health and social care – to ensure local people are involved from the outset and as work progresses.

Peter Kenrick, Chair at Healthwatch North Tyneside, said: “We look forward to working with local people and organisations to make sure that these new arrangements meet local needs and improve people’s health and wellbeing.

“We urge local people to share their views and experiences of services during this process to help shape these improvements.”

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