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To empower people and communities to improve health and social care services together

Next round of events for major NHS public consultation announced


Nine additional public consultation events to gather public and staff views around the different ways some aspects of hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland have been announced.

Called 'The Path to Excellence', the public consultation was launched on Wednesday 5 July and runs for 14 and a half weeks until Sunday 15 October.

The Path to Excellence focuses on some areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital, including:

  • Stroke care services
  • Maternity (obstetrics) and women's healthcare (inpatient gynaecology) services
  • Children and young people's healthcare (urgent and emergency paediatrics) services

The nine additional events will take the total number of public events during the consultation to 18 in addition to other ways to feedback views such as the consultation survey and focus groups being carried out by community and voluntary sector groups.

Public events

How to get involved

  • Attend a public event – visit www.pathtoexcellence.org.uk to register. People are asked to register in advance in order to ensure the right number of NHS staff to support discussions and to ensure all feedback is captured so it can be recorded, reported on and to therefore influence the outcome of the consultation.
  • Attend a staff session – check out trust intranet for details
  • Complete a survey – available online (click here) or contact them for a paper copy
  • Offer to hold a focus group or event – please contact the programme if you are interested
  • Provide an individual or organisational response or submission via email or post (contact details below)

How to contact the Path to Excellence Programme

  • Email: nhs.excellence@nhs.net
  • Facebook: Search: nhsexcellence
  • Twitter: @NHSexcellence
  • Call on: 0191 217 2670
  • Write to:

           The Path to Excellence
           Freepost RTUS–LYHZ–BRLE
           North of England Commissioning Support
           Riverside House
           Goldcrest Way
           Newcastle upon Tyne
           NE15 8NY

Next steps

People have until midnight on 15th October to return a survey or to provide a submission.
All feedback will be collated and analysed by an independent organisation (not the NHS) and a draft feedback report will be published in December. Further public events will be organised to share this feedback, and the next steps will be shared in detail at that point.

The final decision will be made the two clinical commissioning groups at their governing bodies held in public in early 2018, dates to be advised.