Hundreds respond to health commission call for evidence

Hundreds of people and organisations have taken part in a call for evidence and listening events about how health and wellbeing in the North East can be improved.

They were part of the work of the Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East and took place earlier this year.

The commission was set up by the North East Combined Authority (NECA) and the NHS to look at how the NHS, councils and other organisations, including the voluntary and community sector, can further develop the work they do together to improve health and wellbeing across the North East.

Duncan Selbie (pictured), chief executive of Public Health England, who chairs the commission, said: “I am delighted that so many people and organisations took the time to share their knowledge and experience as part of our call for evidence and listening events.

“We have had a huge amount of feedback and I would like to thank those who took part for their valuable contribution to this important piece of work.

“We are now carrying out detailed analysis of the information we have received to inform our work as we develop our final report and recommendations.”

The commission’s work is focusing on how organisations can support people to stay well and independent, the links between health, wellbeing and productivity and opportunities for improvement through the wider devolution agenda.

More than 300 people attended seven listening events held across the North East and a further 153 submissions were received in response to the call for evidence.

Those who took part represent a wide range of key stakeholders and organisations across the public, private and community and voluntary sectors both within and outside of the North East.

A detailed analysis of the feedback is now underway and the results will be used to help inform the final report which the commission will present to NECA and NHS partners later this year.