North East Ambulance Service is helping to transform urgent and emergency care in the region after being part of a successful bid to become part of a new transformation project known as a vanguard.
The trust is part of the North East Urgent Care Network (NEUCN), which is made up of all the key physical, mental health and care stakeholders and providers, which already have a strong history of working collaboratively to deliver successful innovative projects.
The network has been selected as one of eight areas nationally to be an urgent and emergency care vanguard, tasked with changing the way in which all organisations work together to provide care in a more joined up way for patients.
This programme will enable the network to transform the regional urgent and emergency care (UEC) system and its services to further improve consistency and clinical standards, reduce fragmentation and deliver high quality and responsive health and social care to patients.
Urgent care will be delivered, not just in hospitals but also by GPs, pharmacists, community teams, ambulance services, NHS 111, social care and others, and through patients being given support and education to manage their own conditions.
Another aim is to break down boundaries between physical and mental health to improve the quality of care and experience for all.
The eight new vanguards will spearhead this work and, like other vanguards, will benefit from a programme of support and investment from the £200m transformation fund.
Ashley Winter OBE, Chairman of NEAS, said: "We are delighted to be involved in the success of the Vanguard award to the North East Urgent Care Network. As the only Regional member of the Group this gives us a great opportunity to influence the Urgent and Emergency Care provision in the North East for the benefit of all patients.”