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All health and social care partners in Northumberland share a collective vision to join up and co-ordinate care for people living across the county.

In 2015, Northumberland was awarded ‘vanguard’ status by NHS England, after being chosen as one of eight areas across the country to take a national lead on transforming care for patients.

As part of the national NHS Five Year Forward View, health and care partners across Northumberland are working together to support the further ‘joining-up’ of services by creating a fully integrated ‘primary and acute care system’.

Over the last year, the Northumberland Vanguard has introduced some new models of care across the county to transform local services and create an NHS which is fit for the future.  

This week an online survey has been launched which will run throughout August and September.  Patients and members of the public are being asked to share their experiences of healthcare services in Northumberland, how easily they are able to access these services and their views on the changes that have happened.

People can take part in the survey by clicking the link here http://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90038881/NorthumberlandVanguard. All feedback is very important and will help to build a health and care system which is fit for the future. 


Through Gateshead College, Equality North East is able to provide the funding and deliver a broad range of training workshops, suitable to meet the needs of your business and existing workforce.


  • Package 1 - Supporting your Recruitment needs
  • Package 2 – Creating an Inclusive Workforce – Supporting your People
  • Package 3 – Embedding Effective Equality Standards


This programme is ESF funded. 

Download the leaflet or, for more information, please contact: Andrea Johnson on 0191 4264399 or 07540418008, or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday 14th August 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm

Stannington Village Hall, Stannington, Morpeth, NE61 6EL


This one day course will be of interest to anyone who through their day to day work has regular contact with older people.  It aims to give:

  • An understanding of how being an Ageing Well Ally can support your work in the community.
  • Knowledge of the key health Improvement messages; safeguarding adults and keeping safe; how to help people access help.
  • Confidence in signposting older people and others to a range of health and social care and community services for appropriate advice, information and support.


Download the booking form

Rural stakeholders are being invited to help shape a new agenda for the countryside
The Rural Services Network (RSN) is conducting a survey in partnership with community interest company Rural England and researchers from Gloucestershire University. 
As the national champion for rural services, RSN is fighting for a fair deal so rural communities remain socially and economically viable for the benefit of the whole nation.  They ask that you complete this survey individually and that only people aged 15 or over complete the survey.  If there is more than one person in your household, please encourage them to also complete the survey.  As a thank you for completing the survey, RSN are kindly offering an Amazon voucher worth £10 each to 10 lucky respondents chosen at random.  The survey will close on 23rd July.  The results from the survey will be available on RSN’s website and in their policy briefings.