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NGCCG - Stakeholder Bulletin
-   Issue 4   -

As we are all about to break up, it's a good time for a quick stock check. Integration has been the theme for the CCG this year.Though these are difficult times, we are all working closer to improve services.

Below we detail the progress with our work on integration of care along local pathways within Newcastle and Gateshead, particularly for mental health with our new way of involving our communities within the resources we have.

Devolution provides great opportunities to work with our councils to explore how we work at scale and at the opportunities locally in Newcastle and Gateshead.This includes looking at what we can do jointly.

Regional work such as the Urgent & Emergency Care Vanguard is taking shape as we streamline and better connect services. To find out more about what we do, you can visit our website here.

There is information about our public engagement meetings here, and our public governing body meetings here.

The financial pressures on the North East, particularly in council budgets but also for public health, providers, and our CCG, mean we all have to work even more closely together.

Please do get in touch if you think there are ways we can improve our joint working, or if you have any questions or opportunities to help improve things further.

Happy Christmas and we hope you have a healthy and happy new year!


Mark Dornan

Assistant Clinical Chair


Care pathways

An overview of the CCGs six care pathways:

Mental Health & Learning Disabilities - Deciding Together: Mental health inpatient services consultation

The Deciding Together consultation will be used to gather feedback from patients, carers, mental health professionals and service providers about the best way to arrange mental health services in future.  The consultation launched on 12 November, and will run for 13 weeks, until 12 February 2016.  Deciding Together includes a number of ways that people can give their views to the CCG: 

Consultation events

 These events will involve a short presentation and table discussions around each of the potential scenarios.

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016, 10am to 12pm (registration from 9.30am) - Gateshead Civic Centre (Bewick Meeting Room)     
  • Saturday 6 February 2016, 1pm to 3.30pm (registration from 12.30pm) - Community Art Space, St Edmund's Chapel, Gateshead

Please register via our website or call 0191 217 2670.

Online survey

The survey is live here.  A paper version is available by calling 0191 217 2670.

Other ways to give your views

Community and voluntary sector organisations will be running events for service providers and holding focus groups for service users and carers. If you would like to get involved in these activities, please contact us.

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Goldcrest Way

Newburn Riverside (Business Park)

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE15 8NY


Children, Young People and Families

Early intervention - We are continuing to work with secondary care providers across the Gateshead and North of Tyne area on an asthma pathway.

Children with complex needs - We are continuing to support the work on education, health and care plans (EHC plans) for those children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). We are developing our community and therapy services for them, and exploring how primary care can support children with complex needs.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health - The current project Expanding Minds, Improving Lives, which is taking a comprehensive look at all services supporting the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people across Newcastle and Gateshead, is entering its ‘listening phase’. School and parents forum engagement events have taken place, as well as an event for professionals.


Older People

The Vanguard Care Home Programme is underway, a specific newsletter is being produced that will be sent to you soon to keep you updated on the progress with the programme.


Urgent Care

The North East Urgent and Emergency Care Vanguard is improving urgent care across the North East.

Four key workstreams have been identified for focused discussion include:

  • Primary & Community Care
  • Integrated urgent care/111
  • Clinical Reference Group
  • Financial payment reforms

The workstreams are developing plans and putting bids together to get additional money into our area to transform services.


Long Term Conditions

Cancer - Our Cancer lead is working with local consultants to review the NICE guidance on suspected cancer, and to understand the gaps in current provision. We will then arrange to commission any new services that are required.

Respiratory - We are working on a new joint COPD guideline for Newcastle and Gateshead.  This will include advice on the new therapies that have become available since the previous version of the guideline.

Diabetes - We are reviewing the support available for diabetic patients in Gateshead, and are developing a proposal for additional support.


Planned Care

Planned care is elective work. The focus of work is currently:

  • Care closer to home - Reviewing outpatient activity, particularly focussing on alternative ways to managing reviews to reduce unnecessary appointments
  • Non-urgent eye care pathways – reviewing how these can be streamlined
  • MSK pathways - have been reviewed and a new service spec is being finalised- we hope to have more detail once the contract changes have been finalised with the providers- the QE and Connect.
  • DMARDS – work is ongoing to refresh protocols and agreements

Reviewing IFR  (Independent Funding Requests) to ensure the system is as streamlined as it can be for practices and fairly enforced across the North East region.

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