The CQC is organising engagement events across the county to give residents of Northumberland an opportunity to have their say on two pieces of work the commission is conducting:  

Firstly, Northumberland has been selected as one of two pilot areas to conduct a thematic review called Integrated Care for Older People.  As part of the review, the CQC is keen to hear about excellent examples of care as well as any care for older people that is poor and not joined up.  Click here for more information and send your examples of good or bad care to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secondly, A CQC inspection of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which provides both hospital and community-based care including adult social care, is taking place in November and events will be held at locations across the county during the last week of October and the first week in November in order to gather experiences of using their services.  Healthwatch Northumberland says: “This is a fantastic opportunity to have your say on any experiences you have had whilst using services.  Further details will be available soon so contact us nearer the time if you are interested in finding out more.  You can call us on 03332 408 468 or check our website.”  

Over the last few months, Healthwatch Northumberland has worked with children and young people across the county to create two animation projects. The first is a Lego animation which they have produced to explain what Healthwatch Northumberland does and how to contact them. The second project is around confidentiality in health services – an issue that was identified by children and young people as a priority for them.  Some described their negative experiences in this area, while others expressed concerns based on their perceptions of confidentiality within health services. 

The two animations can be viewed online here.  Healthwatch is keen to hear from you about how you have used them, where you have shown them and who to, and any feedback you’ve had from your audiences.