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Contracting COVID-19 is a distressing experience that affects people differently, meaning you may have different care and wellbeing needs to others. Although most people who have a mild case of COVID-19 recover quickly, around one in ten patients will report prolonged symptoms that can last for several weeks or even months. These symptoms can include chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, a cough and loss of sense of taste and smell, among others. Where symptoms persist past twelve weeks, this is known as post-Covid syndrome.

If your symptoms last for more than twelve weeks, you may require support to ensure that you recover well. NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB) have compiled a variety of self-help resources, as well as information on the services available locally that can assist you with post-Covid syndrome. This information covers things like diet, exercise and smoking (if applicable), getting back to work and when to seek further support.

Across the Tees Valley, Local Authorities and NHS Trusts offer a wealth of support to people living with post-Covid syndrome.

You can access this information by visiting: https://nenc-teesvalley.icb.nhs.uk/recovering-from-covid-19/.

If you have experienced post-Covid syndrome and live in Darlington, Stockton, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough or Redcar & Cleveland, you can share your feedback on local services and any support you have received, by completing this online survey before 17th February 2023: https://necs.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/post-covid-survey.

Feedback will enable health professionals to review the effectiveness of the services available support in the planning of future service delivery.

North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (NENC ICB) is working in partnership with Voluntary Organisations' Network North East (VONNE) and Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service (Cumbria CVS) on a programme of work which seeks to increase the involvement of voluntary and community sector organisations in engaging children and young people in mental health research.

The Research Engagement Network Development (REND) Programme recognises that mental health services for children and young people are experiencing a significant rise in demand across the country, and to help reverse this trend it is essential that we develop a deeper understanding of the diversity of views and the experiences of children and young people, as their families, in our communities. 

£64,000 of funding is available for the North East and North Cumbria region, to fund up to two VCSE organisations in each of the four Integrated Care Partnership areas.

The programme will support awarded VCSE organisations to co-design a programme of engagement with their respective communities and develop an evaluation plan to monitor the outcomes of each approach.

VCSE organisations of all sizes involved in supporting children and young people under 18 years old, and/or their families based in the North East and North Cumbria are invited to apply.

Please click on the link below to find out more:
Briefing Information

Please apply using this link https://forms.office.com/e/Q2TekJkipr, or alternatively you can download an Application Form and email it to: necsu.icb.involvement@nhs.net.

If you have any questions about the REND Programme, please email necsu.icb.involvement@nhs.net.

NHS leaders are calling on people in Newcastle to share their views as they listen to patients’ views on urgent care services in the city.

Urgent care – for those times when you need medical help today, but it’s not an emergency – is centred on three Urgent Treatment Centres, at Ponteland Road, Molineux Street in Byker, and Westgate Road (which is temporarily closed).

In addition to these centres, patients also get urgent care support from NHS 111 (online and by phone), GP practices, pharmacists and services based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) such as the minor injuries unit.

The first step will be a survey, available online and in print from 30 January to 12 March 2023.

Printed survey forms are available from GP practices, urgent treatment centres, the RVI and other local venues:

  • Cowgate Centre
  • Gosforth Library
  • Jesmond Library
  • Heaton Community Centre 
  • Walker Activity Dome
  • Byker Sands Family Centre
  • Fenham Library
  • Elswick Community Leisure Centre 
  • Riverside Community Health Project
  • Lemington Centre 
  • The Galafield Centre
  • Newcastle Central Library

If you would like assistance with completing the survey, you can contact local charity Involve North East, who will guide you through the questions over the phone. You can contact Involve North East on 0191 226 3450.

The survey findings will be collated into a summary report prior to a series of public events, where local people can discuss the services in more detail.

To find out more, please email nencicb-ng.involvement@nhs.net.

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