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.
“In the North East and North Cumbria we believe all children and young people should be given the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential, and be advantaged by organisations working together.” – Dr Mike McKean, Network Clinical Lead
Please join us to help us achieve our aim; for more information on becoming a member, or to hear about our projects and plans, please contact the Child Health and Wellbeing Network team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Work to date
In 1 Year:
- 16 Core Leaders heard 1000 perspectives,
- creating 7 priorities to focus our
- single work-plan.
- 8 projects started.
- 600 members to influence change (and counting)
Since the inception of this programme, a large a range of connections have been created and a huge amount of interest has been developed, to ensure that the network reflects the work going on across the region; to support and have a positive impact on children, young people and their families. Click here to view our impact report.
Slides and resources from all of the events and initiatives mentioned can be found in our Key Resources section.
Hear from the Programme Lead, Heather Corlett, about the development of the Network, with an informative overview of to some of our work to date. The presentation was delivered to all Finalists of the Sir Peter Carr Partnership Awards in March 2020, and outlines the fantastic work of the Network to date.
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.
In the initial stages, health, voluntary sector and local authority leaders working together at three residential courses to define the stakeholders, vision and narrative.
Throughout the engagement phase, we held 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, Your Voice; Your Network, was chaired by young people themselves with an arts and wellbeing theme, as well as celebrating some of our fantastic innovations in this field.
Child Health and Wellbeing Survey
To inform and refine our priorities and work plan, a system-wide survey was developed focusing on the child health and wellbeing priorities. With 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.
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.
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 600 individuals to ensure we stay connected with members for our next phase.
The Sir Peter Carr Partnership Award is designed to help and inspire NHS leaders who have an improvement initiative under way which contributes to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. Finalists from around the country included North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System.
We have delivered several network ‘huddles’ (a small focussed expert presentation and discussion in as specialist area); with local, national and international experts sharing their work followed by facilitated discussion with network members.
Huddles to date:
- Inaugural Network Huddle- Population health data and healthy child development –what can we learn?- 6th June 2019
- Asthma Huddle- 24th March 2020
Information on the network huddles can be found in the resource library.
National and International Partnerships
Learning from other areas has been, and continues to be, considered with connections made 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).
Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), a UBC Senate-approved Centre established in 2000, has worked in partnership with schools and school districts across British Columbia for over 15 years to gather population-health data related to healthy child development.
HELP is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research network, based at the University of British Columbia. HELP’s unique partnership brings together many scientific viewpoints to address complex early child development (ECD) issues. HELP connects researchers and practitioners from communities and institutions across BC, Canada and internationally.
The Network is proud to work in Partnership with HELP, and was delighted to welcome Pippa Rowcliffe to our Inaugural Network Huddle to share their journey to improve data collection and access. Find out more about their work here.
Help Resource – children’s developmental health publications update
Working with a number of passionate and innovative partners, we are delivering a number of exciting projects across the region right now.
For further information on any of our projects, please contact us: email@example.com
Our Next Steps
The Child Health and Wellbeing Network will:
- Continue to develop a robust network membership
- Continue to develop how we work with children, young people and their families and consider a Charter
- Develop our plan
- Ensure the network framework can support delivery in our priority areas
- Become national leaders in the Long Term Plan implementation
- Set up governance to support the network with effective connections into local systems
- Deliver insightful and informative Network events –including further Huddles, and a planned visit from the Chief Executive of Public Health England
- Achieve endorsement across the system for our plans
- Effectively communicate both with and about the Network including sharing best practice
We are excited to invite you to join us on our journey- for more information on becoming a member, or to hear about our projects and plans, please contact the Child Health and Wellbeing Network team via firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow our journey on Twitter @NorthNetChild