New vision for health and care in Northumberland
Health and social care organisations across Northumberland have outlined an ambitious and collective vision for continuing to improve the quality of services for people living across the county.
Last year, NHS England announced Northumberland as one of only eight areas across the country chosen to take a national lead on transforming care for patients as part of the national vision for the future of the NHS. Benefitting from an £8.3million investment, the NHS is working together with wider health and social care partners, to pioneer new models of care shaped around patients’ needs.
Today, a new website outlining the vision for Northumberland has been launched (www.northumberland.nhs.uk) and a month long programme of public engagement activity will begin. Patients and members of the public are being asked to share their experiences and give their views by completing an online survey:
The vision being outlined for Northumberland aims to improve experience for patients and carers in many ways:
- Better support for people to live healthily and stay well
- Better access to timely advice to help people use services appropriately
- Improved access to primary care and GP appointments
- Improved integration of mental health services
- More personalised and co-ordinated care for those with long-term conditions or complex needs
- Professionals across health and social care working in a joined-up way
- A shared health record so patients do not have to repeat their story
As more care is delivered in the right place and more people are able to access services in the right way, the vision for Northumberland will also see many wider benefits for the future efficiency and financial stability of the health and social care system as a whole. Health and care partners also want to give people more confidence to look after themselves well, take more accountability for their own health and wellbeing and focus on preventing people becoming ill.