We work closely with our colleagues in the north east. Our patients receive specialist care from teams across the region and we share many of the same challenges around workforce and sustainability.
It makes sense for us to work together to tackle these issues collaboratively and develop partnership – such as our new Cancer Centre being built in Carlisle which will be run by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
We are actively involved in helping shape plans for our region and we are part of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS).
By working with our local communities, partner organisations and our health and care staff, our aim is to improve the health of people living and working in the North East and North Cumbria and to create a health and care system which is fit for the future.
By collaborating across our health and care system we are joining up care, sharing resources, developing our workforce and making better use of technology so our communities can live longer, healthier and wealthier lives.
Our teams are collaborating on a greater scale than ever before to improve and strengthen services right across the region and more locally to tailor care to meet the needs of our communities.
We have a strong and proud history of working together across health and care in our region. The quality of our health and care services is consistently rated amongst the best in the NHS and we have an abundance of great care delivered by highly committed teams of health and care staff. Despite this overall public health is still amongst the worst in the country. Our ambition is to change this by working together as an Integrated Care System.
We care for about 3 million people across the North East and North Cumbria and are focused on delivering improvements across our services, as well as tackling inequalities and improving the overall health and wellbeing of our communities. A key part of this is working with our local and combined authorities and many other partners including the voluntary sector, to think about local economic development and workplace health, and extending NHS employment opportunities to local people. We have six key priorities.
We are a region that thrives on collaborations - driven by a shared ambition to do the very best for our patients, local communities and those who work for us. Our providers (ambulance, hospital/community and mental health trusts) have come together to share their expertise and improve access to services across the region.