Growing Healthy 0-19

Online event – Growing Healthy Northumberland 0-19 Service

Online event – Growing Healthy Northumberland 0-19 Service

Join us on Friday 8 March, 1pm-2pm, to hear from Rachel and Sam from the Growing Healthy Northumberland 0-19 Service.

They will talk about what services are provided by the 0-19 Service for children, young people, and families in Northumberland, including the Health Visiting Service, 5-19 Service and their digital offer.

Suitable for mums, dads, grandparents, carers and professionals alike, Zoom in to find out more about these services for the children in your life.

Register now and we will send you a link to join closer to the event.

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Accessing dental treatment in the NE and NC

Experiences of NHS dentistry

Tell us your experience of NHS dentistry

People have been telling us about the challenges they face getting NHS dentistry.

Using your feedback we are working with the NHS Integrated Care Board in the North East and North Cumbria to help shape future services, including planning the next phase of the NHS dental recovery plan in the region.

Across the North East and North Cumbria, the local Healthwatch network is working together to tackle this important issue.

So if you live in Northumberland or anywhere else in the North East and North Cumbria region and have recent experiences with using or trying to access dental services, then share your experiences with us.

Tell us about your experience of NHS dentistry

We are the independent champion for users of health and care services in Northumberland. Your responses will inform decision-makers in the North East and North Cumbria NHS Integrated Care Board (who are funding this research), service providers and partners including Local Authority Public Health teams.

As a thank you for your time we are offering £100 of Love2shop vouchers to a lucky prize draw winner.

If you require a paper copy or have any questions please get in touch.

Please leave your feedback before Sunday 31 March 2024.

Share for better care 2024

Share for Better Care

Share for Better Care

Last year, Healthwatch received nearly 400,000 experiences of health and social care. When services are under pressure, feedback on care can be crucial to identify what is working and what issues need fixing. But not everyone’s voice is being heard.

‘Share for Better Care’ aims to help more people give feedback about their care, especially if their community experiences poor health outcomes.

Your experience matters to us

The simple act of sharing feedback is already helping to improve care for the people who use it. We want people to know that their feedback, no matter how small, has the power to transform health and social care across the country.

Together we can improve health and care, but we can only make a difference if we know about your experience.

Have your say

Please share your experience and help us make NHS decision-makers aware of what needs to change to improve access to care, for everyone. We’re completely independent and impartial, and anything you say is confidential.

Share your experiences


Health visiting services Northumberland

Experiences of health visiting services

What is your experience of health visiting services?

All families expecting a baby or with children aged 0-5 years are offered a universal health visiting service. In Northumberland this is delivered by Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT)

We want to hear about your experiences of using the health visiting service. This will only take around 10-15 minutes of your time.

In this survey, we’ll ask you about your experiences including what has worked well and what has not worked so well. We will use your feedback to report to the NHS anonymously on what is working and help identify how to improve care for parents and carers. Everything you tell us will be stored securely and we won’t identify you in our report.

Tell us about your experiences of health visiting services

Closes Sunday 18 February 2024.

For more information about maternity and parenting services and support in Northumberland visit our Maternity and Parenting webpage or get in touch.

Online event - British Liver Trust

Online event – British Liver Trust

Online event – British Liver Trust

Join us for our next free lunchtime event where we will hear from Louise Parker from the British Liver Trust.

Louise will talk to us about the UK liver disease crisis and why we need to raise awareness. She will also talk about the three preventable risk factors, tips on how to ‘Love your Liver’ and information about the free support available for anyone affected by a liver condition.

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Care homes forum Northumberland

Care homes forum

Care homes forum Northumberland

Tuesday 20 February, 10am – 11am via Zoom

If you have a relative living in a care home or have used respite care, join our forum to meet others with similar experiences. Whether you would like to share your own experiences or just listen to others for information and support, this small informal group is open to relatives and professionals.

To register for a space or give feedback outside the forum please email: or call us on 03332 408468.

See what we discussed at previous care home forums

Online event - Coping with Cancer

Online event – Time to talk about cancer

Friday 16 February 2024, 1pm – 2pm

Join us to hear from Maggie Bailey from Coping with Cancer North East who will talk about some of the myths around cancer.

She will also provide information on the care and support available in Northumberland through Coping with Cancer and other services.

There will be a chance to ask questions after the presentation.

This session is suitable for anyone who would like to know more about cancer and the support available, both professionals and members of the public.

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Coins and receipt

Cost of living support

Cost of living support in Northumberland

The cost of living can put a real strain on people’s finances and also their health and wellbeing. We have put together details of organisations which can offer support with energy costs, prescription and healthcare appointment costs, food, and mental health.

View the cost of living support in Northumberland booklet

Download the cost of living booklet or

Visit our cost of living support webpage

If you can’t find the information you need or would like a copy posted to you, please get in touch.

If you would like some leaflets for a community setting or group near you, please let us know and we will post them out to you.

Elderly lady in care home

Care home forums: what you said

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic we hosted regular online forums for relatives and friends of those living in care homes to tell us about the impact of visiting restrictions and ways they have been keeping in touch.

Those who attended these forums said that it helped to give them a voice and it was helpful to meet with other people in a similar situation. It was agreed that the group would continue to meet once every three months to discuss any issues or concerns. The minutes from the previous meetings and other useful information about care home visiting can be found below.

When the group last met on Wednesday 8 November, we heard from Linda Whittemore and Andrea Goodall from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about changes to the way care homes are inspected and rated.

Minutes from 8 November 2023

Care Home Online Forum – 8 November 2023

Minutes from 27 July 2023

Care Home Online Forum – 27 July 2023

Minutes from 17 April 2023

Care Home Online Forum – 17 April 2023

Minutes from 9 January 2023

Care Home Online Forum – 9 January 2023

Minutes from 30 September 2022

Care Home Online Forum – 30 September 2022

Minutes from 9 May 2022

Care Home Online Forum – 9 May 2022

Minutes from 7 February 2022

Care Home Online Forum – 7 February 2022

Minutes from 8 November 2021

Care Home Online Forum – 8 November 2021

Care home visiting information

Read Essential Care Giver Myth-buster

Things I wish I’d known before my loved one went to live in a care home


The date of the next online care homes forum is Tuesday 20 February, 10am – 11am. To register or leave feedback outside of the forum, please email Helen Brown: or call 03332 408 468.

Online event NECA gambling support

Online event – NECA Gambling Support

Online event – NECA gambling support

Join us to hear from Amanda Sutcliffe from NECA who will talk to us about gambling, understanding signs that gambling may have become harmful and the first steps in making changes. She will also outline the gambling information, advice and support provided by NECA across Northumberland and the North East. There will be a chance to ask questions.

This session is suitable for anyone concerned about their own or a loved one’s gambling or professionals supporting people where gambling may be a concern.

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