30 March 2021
From 1 April, a new approach to commissioning, called Provider Collaboratives, will mean improvements for specialised mental health, learning disability and autism services across the North East and North Cumbria.
North East and North Cumbria Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Partnership, made up of Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) and Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV), will be commissioning three Provider Collaborative services.
- Children and young people mental health inpatient services
- Adult low and medium secure services
- Adult Eating disorder services
Lisa Quinn, executive director of commissioning and quality assurance at CNTW, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for our area. It’s a new approach to commissioning specialised services and will put patient experience and clinical expertise at the very heart of service delivery. Care will be wrapped around individuals, no matter where they live.”
Sharon Pickering, director of planning, commissioning, performance and communications at TEWV, said: “This is truly a joined up approach to the way we commission specialised service for the whole population across the North East and North Cumbria.
“Our ambition is for people to experience high quality, specialist care, as close to home as possible.
“We’re aiming to reduce health inequalities across our area by making access to treatment and support much easier and focusing on community alternatives to hospital admissions.”
The new Provider Collaboratives are part of a national programme to establish NHS-led Provider Collaboratives for specialised services.