This VONNE Briefing provides an overview of the Building Health Partnership (BHP) programme operating in the North East region.

It describes how the programme provides an opportunity  to develop some meaningful engagement between health commissioners and professionals and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in the design, commissioning and delivery of health and wellbeing services.

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Following a few trial cases, Arch’s Business Northumberland has received confirmation from the bodies funding their series of workshops that representatives from charities are now eligible to attend, as long as the charity itself fits within its definition of an SME (less than 250 employees, less than £50m turnover) and is based in the North East.

Download a list of upcoming workshops.

Visit to find out more about Business Northumberland.


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Historic England


Historic England’s North East Offices are currently undertaking a project to identify and map regional community groups. This information will be used to support future conservation and built environment projects, conducted by Historic England, by utilising local skills and knowledge.

This database will become a living resource.  It will enable Historic England to reach out to the communities who best know their historic environment and allow a collaborative relationship to develop between community groups, who may wish to receive further training or develop their skills set, and Historic England, which seeks community participation.

Historic England want to make contact with groups working within the North East and Tees Valley who would classify themselves as a:

  • Conservation Group/Society.
  • Heritage Group/Society.
  • History/Family History Society.
  • Archaeological Society.
  • Civic Trust/Village Trust.
  • ‘Friends of’ Group.
  • Community Partnership (preferably with a particular interest in the historic environment).
  • Metal Detector Groups.

If you would like to be involved in this database project, or know more, please contact Sophie Hearn via:

  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Post: Sophie Hearn, Student Placement, Historic Places Team, Bessie Surtees House, 41 – 44 Sandhill, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 3JF

Please also see (and search North East) for the local office’s current work.

The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England, has launched a second consultation on proposed changes to how they regulate health and social care services. Their strategy for 2016 to 2021, Shaping the future, published in May 2016, set out an ambitious vision for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care.

Between December 2016 and February 2017, the CQC consulted on how they should develop and evolve their approach as they implement their vision and move into the next phase of the regulatory approach. It focused on: the principles for regulating new models of care and complex providers; changes to the assessment frameworks; strengthening the guidance on registering services for people with a learning disability; and changes to the way the CQC regulates NHS trusts. The full consultation response can be found at

This new consultation seeks views on specific proposals for how the CQC will:

  • regulate primary medical services and adult social care services
  • improve the structure of registration, and clarify their definition of registered providers
  • monitor, inspect and rate new models of care and large or complex providers
  • use their unique knowledge to encourage improvements in the quality of care in local areas
  • carry out their role in relation to the fit and proper persons requirements

If you would like to share your views, please read and respond to the consultation at If you have any queries about the consultation, please contact the CQC by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or on social media - #CQCNextPhase.

The consultation closes on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Carers Northumberland


Carers Northumberland has made some changes in the way they are delivering services to carers in 2017 and now have some new team members.

New Key Support Workers will provide targeted one to one support to the carers in most immediate need, people new to caring, those in crisis or in danger of carer breakdown. These workers can offer support to carers in a more dedicated way to ensure that their individual needs are met.

There is also an increase in staffing in the Information and Advice Service so that now more carers will be able to access information in more places and attend a greater number and variety of events and activities across the County.

CEO, Sharon Spurling said, “If you recognise you are working with a carer who may need general advice or support, or more specific one to one support, please do refer or pass on our contact details. If you would like us to speak to your team about identifying carers and raising your carers’ awareness, we’d be happy to do so.”

Referral forms can be sent to the Carers Northumberland secure email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can contact the Information Service and Key Workers on 01670 320 025 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Download the carers' support letter

Download a referral form for professionals