Vanguard – Health and care partners outline ambitious vision for Northumberland

Health and social care organisations across Northumberland have outlined an ambitious and collective vision for continuing to improve the quality of services for people living across the county.

Last year, NHS England announced Northumberland as one of only eight areas across the country chosen to take a national lead on transforming care for patients as part of the national vision for the future of the NHS.

Today, a new website outlining the vision for Northumberland has been launched ( and a month long programme of public engagement activity will begin.  Patients and members of the public are being asked to share their experiences and give their views by completing an online survey which you can find below:

If you would prefer to print this form off and complete it please download it here, once completed please hand this back into Lintonville Medical Group.

A brochure has also been produced outlining this plan please click here to view this.

The vision being outlined for Northumberland aims to improve experience for patients and carers in many ways:

  • Better support for people to live healthily and stay well
  • Better access to timely advice to help people use services appropriately
  • Improved access to primary care and GP appointments
  • Improved integration of mental health services
  • More personalised and co-ordinated care for those with long-term conditions or complex needs
  • Professionals across health and social care working in a joined-up way
  • A shared health record so patients do not have to repeat their story

Dr Alistair Blair, chief clinical officer at NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We are already ahead of many other parts of the NHS in terms of the high quality patient care we deliver, but we recognise that there is still much more we can do to improve even further.  Improving access to primary care services and support for those with complex medical needs in their own communities is an absolute priority.

"Involving local people is at the very heart of our vision and ambition for Northumberland and I would encourage everyone to get involved and tell us about their experiences and what they would like to see improved by completing our online survey over the coming weeks."