The programme will involve implementing an evidence-based, comprehensive care pathway that integrates care from the GP surgery through to the specialists in hospital.
Over the course of the programme, CCGs across the north east will take health care ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale and deliver them at a larger scale.
An ‘early implementer’ project was rolled out by services in South Tees, supported by South Tees NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Tees CCG, the North East Quality Observatory Service and North East Commissioning Support, funded by the North East and North Cumbria Academic Health Science Network.
The full regional programme is being implemented in waves from March 2016 – Wave 1 will involve patients from Darlington and Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees areas. It is supported by CCGs in the North East and will be evaluated by Teesside University. It has been funded by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, as part of its Scaling Up Improvement Programme.