A formal governance structure has been established between the health and social care partners (Newcastle City Council, Newcastle and Gateshead NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust) and a legal agreement signed in November 2020 outlining shared commitments to delivering integrated health and care services in the City.
A Joint Executive Group (JEG) made up of CEOs and a Joint Delivery Group (JDG), involving representatives from teams across all of the partner organisations, work together on a daily and weekly basis.
Senior staff at all of the organisations involved in Collaborative Newcastle, including GPs, social workers and managers, now undertake joint leadership training. This new training programme builds stronger working relationships, better understanding and closer joint working for the future.
Budgets that fund health and social care in the City are now visible to all of the partners, which means that money can be more easily identified, enabling a more joined-up approach to funding key priorities.