Connected Health Cities North East and North Cumbria has published two reports exploring the attitudes of people in the region to sharing their medical information to inform the development of the Great North Care Record – a regional project which is improving information sharing for individual care, self-management, planning and research. 
 
The first report is a YouGov poll which asked over 800 people in the region about their willingness to share information recorded about them by the NHS.  The second piece of research follows over 20 workshops, organised by the local Healthwatch network with over 300 participants which explored this in more detail.  The two reports have found that most people are happy for their information to be shared within the NHS, but that they would like to control who sees their information.
 
The Great North Care Record is a new way of sharing medical information across the North East and North Cumbria which is accessed by authorised health and social care practitioners.  It means that key information about your health such as diagnoses, medications, details of hospitals admissions and treatments is shared between different healthcare services including hospitals, out of hours and ambulance services who could all be involved in your care. 
 
Find out more about the Great North Care Record.

 

Thanks to the generous support from the Garfield Weston Foundation, Clore Social Leadership is offering 5 fully funded places for social sector leaders with 6-10+ years' experience working for organisations based in the North East of England, who want to build the skills and knowledge necessary to drive change in the social sector and learn how to work with and through others to increase their impact.
 
This programme will help build your social leadership capabilities and increase your self-awareness and resilience as a Social Sector leader.  You’ll learn together with a peer group of other experienced leaders who will support, challenge and inspire you.
The programme is a curated, flexible 12-month leadership development journey aiming to develop empowered, resilient, and generous leaders while strengthening collaboration within the sector.
Find out more and apply now to the 2019 Experienced Leader Programme.   The application deadline is 5th November 2018.

Following Cabinet approval, Northumberland County Council has published revised budget proposals for 2019-2022.  At a recent Cabinet meeting, agreement was reached to slash funding to the voluntary and community sector, reducing the VCS Support Services Commission from £137,500 to £100,000 - a drop of over 27%.  The commission represents the only generic financial support the Council offers to VCS infrastructure organisations to provide advice and support services to charities and community groups across the county.

A budget gap across all NCC services of £36 million has been identified for the year 2019-22, and the council intends to work up detailed proposals over the coming months to address this, in consultation with residents, businesses, stakeholders and key partners.

http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/38814_M9118.pdf  

Urgent action is needed to restore public trust on immigration, according to a new report from the largest-ever public consultation on immigration, which finds striking lack of trust in Government.
 
New polling by ICM for the National Conversation on Immigration, coordinated by British Future and Hope not hate, finds that: only 15% of people feel the Government has managed immigration competently and fairly, only 13% of people think MPs tell the truth about immigration, and just 17% trust the Government to tell the truth about immigration.  Yet researchers also found a strong contrast between polarised online and media debates and the balanced views on immigration expressed by those they spoke to. While people do want the UK Government to have more control over who can come to the UK, most of them are ‘balancers’ who recognise the benefits of migration to Britain, both economically and culturally, but also voice concerns about pressures on public services and housing.
 
Researchers held over 130 meetings with local citizens and stakeholders in 60 locations across every nation and region of the UK, together with an online survey completed by more than 9,000 people and a nationally representative survey.  In the North-East researchers visited a number of areas including Berwick on Tweed, Newcastle, Durham, Middlesbrough and Whitley Bay.  Across the UK they found much public support for high-skilled migration and pragmatic views about medium and low-skilled migration.  Most people support the principle of refugee protection.  At the same time, there was public concern about some of the local impacts of immigration, with people wanting tighter immigration controls after Brexit.  
 
The National Conversation on Immigration final report makes a series of recommendations, including a focus on local integration.   An executive summary report is also available.
 

The council has agreed to carry out consultation on proposals to reduce the level of council tax support to some claimants.  With a significant budget gap over the next three years of around £36m Northumberland County Council says it needs to explore all possible options to help it find savings to meet that target. 

Currently, of the 15,425 working age claimants in Northumberland, 12,010 receive 100% support and currently have no bill to pay. If proposals are agreed they would affect all claimants.  Almost every other local authority in the region has reduced its Council Tax Support in recent years at varying levels and, if approved, Northumberland’s would be one of the smallest reductions in the North East.  It would also be one of the smallest Council Tax reductions in the whole country. 

Councillor Nick Oliver, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources, said: “We take no pleasure in proposing changes to this scheme but we have to find a balanced budget.  We have to make some tough decisions over the coming years to balance the books, which we have a statutory duty to do.” 

 

The consultation, which will include a wide range of stakeholders including residents, parish and town councils and voluntary sector organisations, will run between September 24 and November 2.  

Details of how to get involved will be published nearer the time.