Help us shape the future of health and care services

Please help us shape the future of health and care services

We’re working with the NHS to improve the wellbeing of people in our area and across the region. There is now an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) which is an equal partnership between councils and the NHS and aims to join up health and care services.

The partnership covers the whole of the North East and also North Cumbria. It is developing a strategy, which starts to set out ambitions and goals to improve the health of our communities, as well as how they will make these ambitions a reality.

The strategy is very much evolving and the ICP would like to include a range of organisations, including the voluntary and community sector and other independent organisations, to work together to improve health and wellbeing.

The ICP wants to hear from you about what you think of the partnership’s vision, goals, and commitments, which are included in the draft strategy. You can share your thoughts by completing a short survey. Anyone living in the region can do this before 25 November 2022 so please share this with friends and family. All feedback will be treated in the strictest of confidence and you won’t be asked for any personal information that will identify you.

The direct link to the survey can be found below.  If you would like to leave your views over the phone or would prefer a paper copy please call 0191 5128484 or email

ICP strategy – leave your views


Tell us your experiences of using NHS and social care services


Pregnant lady and her partner

Tell us about maternal mental health care

Pregnancy is a major life event for any family. It can be joyful and fulfilling but also challenging. Healthwatch England is launching a national survey to understand if care works for new mothers and birthing parents and what needs improving for people who develop mental health difficulties relating to their maternity experience.

With one in four women experiencing mental health problems during pregnancy and in the first year following the birth of a child, support from maternity services can significantly impact their mental health and wellbeing.

Who do we want to hear from?

  • We want to hear from you if you have been pregnant in the last two years and have experienced mental health difficulties before, during or after giving birth.
  • We are interested in the experiences of women from ethnic minority communities and LGBTQ+ birthing parents.

Everything you share is confidential and will help us and the NHS understand what they need to put in place to better support people using maternity services.

Share your story

Find out more about Healthwatch England’s research

This piece of work has now finished.

CNTW autism

Is CNTW NHS Trust Autistic Friendly?

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and neurological care services across the north of England.

The Trust wants to know if it is an autistic friendly organisation.

A questionnaire has been developed by staff and service users with the help of autistic people.

This questionnaire let’s you to give their thoughts as to whether the Trust is an autistic friendly organisation and what you think works well or what could be better.

Anyone can complete the questionnaire.

Please leave your views by 31 December 2021.

If you would like help to complete the questionnaire, please contact the Patient and Carer Involvement Service at:


Tell us your experience of any NHS or social care service you have used recently

Parkinson's UK Research Interest Group

Parkinson’s Research Interest Group

Newcastle University is working with Parkinson’s UK to develop a North East and Cumbria Parkinson’s Research Interest Group (NEC-RIG). They have designed a survey to get the opinions of people with an interest in Parkinson’s research about what this group might look like and how it might work.

The aim of the group is to bring people who have an interest in Parkinson’s research together to provide opportunities to take part in all stages of research. This can include helping researchers in universities and/or the NHS to identify important questions or issues to people with Parkinson’s, designing research studies that will help people who want to take part or identifying what the best ways are to tell people about the results.

To complete the survey or find out more, click the link below.

North East and Cumbria Parkinson’s Research Interest Group Survey

For more information contact Rachael Lawson: or Rosie Morris:

Young woman talking to counsellor

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is a national programme offering primary care talking therapies to those experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The local service in Northumberland is called Talking Matters Northumberland (TMN) and it offers services to those over the age of 16.

TMN offers approved therapies for a wide range of difficulties including depression, generalised anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, health anxiety, panic disorder, stress, sleeping problems, bereavement/loss and relationship difficulties.

This survey is for Northumberland residents who have used these services or may need them in the future. The results of the survey will help NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to understand what is working well and what needs to improve.

The deadline for responses is 11 June 2021.

Complete the survey here


NHS Clinical Research project

Can you help the NHS to improve services and treatments for patients?

We are working with NHS England to undertake some research on what patients, current users, non-users and those with specific health issues including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health and genetic factors, think about getting involved with clinical research.

This research will be really valuable in helping the NHS develop new medicines and learn more about better health and care for the future.

We want to know how patients and the public feel about clinical research, how they can get involved in research, what digital access they might need and if there are any barriers in place for involvement.

The survey will run up until Friday 12 February 2021.

Take the survey

This survey is now closed.