City leaders back groundbreaking new partnership

An innovative and ambitious new partnership, seeking to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of everyone in Newcastle and transform the provision of health and social care in the City, has recently been launched.

Collaborative Newcastle is an alliance between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Gateshead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, working closely with Newcastle GP Services, the GP Federation for Newcastle, Primary Care Networks and the voluntary sector – and supported by wider city partners including Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

The scope of the partnership is amongst the first of its kind in the country and is underpinned by a groundbreaking legal agreement between the key health and social care organisations in the City. The agreement, which sets out a formal co-governance structure, accelerates progress towards a fully integrated health and social care system, enabling the partners to effect significant change for residents. Their aim is to reduce widening inequalities, by preventing avoidable problems from arising and tackling the big things that hold some people back.

Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive at Newcastle Hospitals, said: “For the past two years, we have been working together behind the scenes to develop this radical new approach. Our focus is on individual wellbeing and early prevention, rather than simply working within the constraints of established, and often inflexible and reactive, traditional services.

“Collaborative Newcastle puts Newcastle residents front and centre. We want to work with local people to provide a joined-up and seamless system of care, support, advice and treatment for all – including children, families, adults and the elderly. By working together in this way, we can reduce inequality and provide better life opportunities for everyone in our City – which will be more critical than ever in the coming months and years as we recover from the impact of Covid-19.”

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