Connected Health Cities (CHC) for the North East and North Cumbria launched

17th November 2016

Over a hundred professionals attended the launch of Connected Health Cities (CHC) for the North East and North Cumbria at The Core, Newcastle upon Tyne on Friday 4 November.  The programme also launched their first flagship initiative the Great North Care Record (GNCR).

The event attracted clinicians, care professionals and academics from across the region to hear about how the GNCR will provide joined up health and care services for those living in our region.  Launched in 2016 and rolling out to all North East residents during 2017, the GNCR will ensure patients receive more effective care by making information available to healthcare professionals at the right place and the right time.

The Connected Health Cities programme is also looking at information sharing to facilitate better care planning and research, and the appropriate consent required from citizens. At the event, The Connected Health Cities team announced the launch of three key work packages for (i) scoping a regional interoperability platform for health, local authorities and universities (ii) an engagement programme with the population of the North East and North Cumbria to gain more understanding of views on information sharing and consent and (iii) development of a regional consent model. In addition, five potential “care pathway” projects were also presented by leads from across the region.

“There is real enthusiasm for this project, we had 120 high profile delegates and the room was buzzing with people discussing ideas for collaboration and moving forward our care systems.”

Dr Joe McDonald, Director for Connected Health Cities

The CHC programme is governed by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA)– the North East member organisations are Newcastle University, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Durham University, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North East and North Cumbria (NENC).

Please visit the Connected Health Cities events pages for further information and to see presentations from the day.