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Optimising services

What we are doing

This workstream is focussed on finding sustainable solutions for health services that are under the greatest of pressure.

Although many of our services are performing strongly, we face challenges in several key areas – which are often exacerbated by both rising demand and workforce issues.

Through working with a representative group of clinicians from across the region, we’ve identified that many of the challenges we face have the potential to be addressed through collaborative working.

This workstream will play a key role in highlighting and understanding dependencies between service improvements identified as essential to improve quality, sustainability or safety, and how, if necessary, any changes need to be co-ordinated across organisational boundaries and between primary (community-based) and hospital-based care.

Our priorities

  • Developing our workforce; including recruitment and training priorities and the development of shared rotas, for example in areas such as haematology.
  • Using technology to provide sustainable solutions for example, remote image sharing and results reporting to support the sustainability of radiology services.
  • Improving co-ordination of our established clinical networks including the Northern Cancer Alliance.
  • Developing our primary care networks and community pharmacy to support our local communities.

Child health and wellbeing network

The North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network brings together organisations and people to design and deliver joined-up care to provide improved outcomes for children, young people and their families. We believe all children and young people should be given the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential and be advantaged by organisations working together.  


Who is involved

Senior Responsible Officer: Ken Bremner
Chief Executive of South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Contact for more information
For Child Health and Wellbeing enquiries please email england.northernchildnetwork@nhs.net

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