The focus of the North East and North Cumbria Child Health and Wellbeing Network is to design and deliver joined-up services to provide improved outcomes for children. We are proud to be part of a small, but growing piece of work in the North East and North Cumbria that plans to make a real difference to children’s services.
We believe all children should be given the opportunity to flourish and truly reach their potential, and not be disadvantaged by geography and organisational structures.
Our initial key objective has been to achieve meaningful and realistic engagement with key stakeholders from across the integrated care system and into our four integrated care partnerships, to design and deliver the best possible services.
A clinical lead post funded by the Northern England Clinical Networks was appointed to in September 2018. In December 2018 the programme was successful in securing a place on NHS Improvement’s Transformational Change through System Leadership programme for 12 leaders and a regional series of events was scheduled to transfer learning and feedback from this.
Work to date
Since the inception of this programme, a huge amount of interest and connections have developed to ensure that the network reflects the system supporting and impacting children, young people and their families across the region. This has included:
- The completion and analysis of a system survey focusing on the child health and wellbeing priorities, one designed for children and young people in which over 460 responded and a second designed for professionals from all sectors who work with children and young people, in which over 550 responded.
A contacts database of individuals keen to be involved in the work reaching over 420 individuals.
Harvard University’s Marshall Ganz’s methodologies used to support a commitment approach.
The three residential courses have been attended by health, voluntary sector and local authority leaders working together to define the stakeholders, vision and narrative.
- Three successful regional events, with between 120 -150 participants each from across the system including heath, local authority, police, voluntary sector, local business, education and research. Our first event launched the network, the second event focused on the voice of the child and our final event was chaired by young people themselves with an arts and wellbeing theme, as well as celebrating some of our fantastic innovations in this field.
- Learning from other areas has been considered with connections both nationally (Cornwall, Nottingham, Scotland and Greater Manchester) and internationally in Canada (facilitated by Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green) and in Netherlands (through Eldridge Labinjo on wellbeing and movement).
- Through our survey and other engagement we have connected with well over 1000 individuals to help define our priority themes and a network contacts list of over 420 individuals to ensure we stay connected with members for our next phase.
- We have published the survey findings from those working with children and young people and from the children, young people and family perspectives for the whole system to benefit.
Our Next Steps
- To continue to develop a robust network membership.
To continue to develop how we work with children, young people and their families and consider a Charter.
To develop our plan:
o To ensure the network framework can support delivery in our priority areas
o To become national leaders in the Long Term Plan implementation
o To set up governance to support the network with effective connections into local systems
o Network events – further Huddles (like the one detailed in Appendix 3) in the next six months and a planned visit from the Chief Executive of Public Health England.
o To achieve endorsement across the system for our plans.
o To effectively communicate both with and about the network including sharing best practice
Network launch event at Durham County Cricket Club – 4 March 2019
View the short videos filmed on the day, with some of the event speakers and panel members, to find out more about what the Child Health and Wellbeing Network means to them.
The full slide deck from the launch event can be requested from email@example.com
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Update briefing July 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Summary of child health survey, July 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Report on findings, professionals survey April 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Appendices, professionals survey April 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Summary of professionals survey April 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Examples of partnership working, professionals survey April 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Report on findings, children and young people survey May 2019
Child Health and Wellbeing Network – Summary of children and young people survey May 2019
The Child Health and Wellbeing Network team can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org