Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG and a variety of health and social care partners from across the City have come together to develop a programme of work to make sure the City’s health and social care services work better together to meet the needs of our communities.

The work flows from the high level Wellbeing for Life Strategy which commits to increasing the impact of services by working together and also some more specific commitments in the Better Care Plan 2016. These provide an opportunity to create efficient, dynamic and modern services with the needs of the resident at their heart.

By bringing a range of staff together, including General Practices and significant participation from the voluntary sector, six Proof of Concept groups were identified which are working towards different outcomes; all of these groups feed into the overall management and objectives of the programme.

The six Proof of Concept groups that have been set up, along with their aims and objectives, are outlined below. Most are focused on specific geographical areas of the City, this is to scope the success of the ideas and give the opportunity to design and learn together. The lessons learned will be used to influence future ways of working, sometimes referred to as “new models of care”.

Home Safe – To better understand the experience of both carers and older people when returning home from hospital. This will influence the components of a future multi-disciplinary discharge service.

Learn to Prevent – Focus on falls prevention, creating a culture of prevention and educating children so they engage their families and instil falls awareness.

Amazing Start – Give every infant born and living in the inner west communities of Newcastle a start in life that is every bit as good as that experienced by children anywhere else in the country

Personalised Care – To support a shift from service dominated to person centred care

Compass – Examine how services can work better with people who “don’t” or “can’t” engage well with health and social care services and associated support

Connecting Communities – To gather insights to support future actions to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities within South Heaton

You can keep up to date with the progress of this programme there are a variety of resources available below, or if you have further questions, please contact

The 6 groups form part of a broader range of work to improve the way we work together to deliver effective and sustainable health and social care.  

More information can be found in the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP) for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham. You can view more information about this by clicking here.

Page last updated: 
6 January 2018
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