Unique partnership to improve care

Three of the major organisations responsible for care in Gateshead have come together to form a new group called the Gateshead Care Partnership.

This exciting new partnership brings together experts in health, medical and social care into a single point for the first time.

The idea is that this unique partnership will make it easier to deliver the best possible care where families and patients tell us they want it the most - closer to home.

QE Gateshead, Gateshead Council and CBC, whose membership comprises all the local GPs, have joined forces to form the Gateshead Care Partnership to look at ways of providing an improved and more joined up approach to health services across the borough.

For the first time GPs, hospital staff and social care professionals from the council will all come together in a single organisation and help bring a much more coordinated system for patients.

We believe that by bringing together all the experts from health and social care into a single point we can provide improved services for the patient and offer a simpler, more trusted system that can only be better for the public.

Our ultimate aim is to bring together all the expert knowledge and resources into a single point of contact so that patients and families can navigate the health and social care system far more easily.

We’re also confident that a more joined up patient journey will mean fewer unnecessary (and unwanted) hospital admissions as well as better access to the right care, whether that’s from a hospital, a family doctor or through social services.

It’s early days for the Gateshead Care Partnership be we think it can bring about a new shared culture across the whole healthcare system, removing some of the organisational boundaries so that health and social care professionals can focus on the needs of the patient.

Our work has been informed by detailed research and engagement with the public and a team made up of local health and social care professionals has been working hard to consider how services might be improved.

We’re confident that the work of the partnership can drive real change in Gateshead and start to deliver on the Government’s wider plan of improved ‘care closer to home’.

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