Health and Social Care Commission – call for evidence

Tue 12th April 2016


People in the NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area are being invited to help determine how health and wellbeing can be improved across the region.

The Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East is looking at how more joined-up working and collaboration could help address health inequalities and enable residents to live more healthy and active lives.

The commission was set up by the North East Combined Authority as part of devolution proposals aimed at driving economic growth and bringing jobs and investment to the North East. Stakeholders include the regional CCGs, Public Health England and NHS England.

The proposed agreement recognises that while there are real strengths in the North East, the area also faces huge challenges. Poor health is a key issue and, despite excellent health and social care provision, outcomes are among the poorest in the country, so there is a need to look at the whole system to address the wider issues that affect people’s health and wellbeing.

Now, individuals and organisations from across the combined authority area – Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland and County Durham – and neighbouring areas are being invited to submit written evidence to help inform the commission’s work. The commission will consider a number of themes looking at:

  • Supporting people to stay well and independent
  • Focusing more on health, wellbeing and productivity
  • Exploring opportunities to improve health and wellbeing through devolution

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England and chair of the health commission in the North East, said: “We very much hope that organisations and individuals from across Sunderland with an interest in health and social care will respond to our call for evidence and help us to identify what organisations can do together that is sustainable, affordable and makes the most of the resources, skills and talents that exist in the region.”

Dr David Hambleton, chair of the Northern Clinical Commissioning Group Forum representing NHS clinical commissioning groups, added: “Improvements to the health and wealth of the region can only be done by collective working. The call for evidence is an opportunity to bring together ideas to help us understand how we can resolve some of the very significant challenges to ensure that people have the same chances of happy, healthy and prosperous lives, no matter where they live.”

Evidence must be submitted by Friday 22 April and can be sent:

  • By email –
  • By post – HSC Commission, North East Combined Authority, Quadrant, Cobalt Business Park, Silverlink North, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY

Members of the commission, working with local colleagues from health and social care, will hold a listening event to provide an opportunity for organisations and interested parties to discuss their views with commission members. This will take place in the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU, from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Tuesday 3 May.

Join the discussion