New KONP Durham Discussion Group

Following some issues with our mailing list, we have now set up a new Google Group for discussion and distribution of news. The group can be found here. This forum can be used in a similar way to the old mailing list, but can also be used as a web forum if preferred.

Our old mailing list is no longer in use, so if you would like to receive email updates from us, you will need to sign up for the new group. Please note we will not be transferring addresses on the old list across to the new list automatically – you will need to either sign up yourself or contact us at asking to be signed up. Many apologies for the inconvenience, but we cannot transfer you without your permission.

Posts to the new list should be far less prone to ending up in your spam folder. There is also an email digest option available – a feature we were not able to offer on our old mailing list. We hope that you enjoy the new group, and find it useful!

North Durham STP

North Durham CCG is in the Northumberland STP: see message below to access draft plan and to respond.

Message from:
Daniel Blagdon
Engagement Lead
NHS North Durham CCG
0191 389 8617, 07775 508 260

As you may already be aware, NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been working with other partners in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear to produce what is called a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). This draft plan has been developed in response to NHS England’s Five Year Forward View (5YFV).

The draft version of the plan is now available on our website for you to see. On the website you will find a copy of the full technical version of the plan, a summary of the plan and some frequently asked questions. There is also an online opportunity for you to share your views on the draft plan.

What is the STP?

The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and North Durham describes an approach to how the vision of the 5YFV could be delivered locally by 2021.It sets out proposals to:

§ Improve health inequalities

§ Ensure safe and sustainable local health and care services

§ Fill a funding gap that could be as large as £641m by 2021

What is happening now?

This is very much the start of a conversation regarding the future of local services. The publication of the draft STP starts an initial programme of engagement that runs until 20 January 2017 in order to raise awareness of the proposals and listen to any ideas or concerns about the detail of the draft plan.

The outcomes from this phase of engagement will help to shape the next version of the STP. Any subsequent proposals regarding major changes to NHS services will be subject to a programme of formal public engagement and consultation in the future.

How can I be involved?

If you can kindly share this information out through your contacts and networks to make people aware of the plan and what is happening that would be fantastic. There is an online survey that you and others can use to share comments and feedback on the draft plan, alternatively you can send comments back by post or email –

Details of opportunities to participate in discussions with the CCG about this directly will be published in the next couple of weeks. If you would like to discuss the possibility of us coming to you and your members at an existing forum then please do get in touch with me on the details below.

We look forward to hearing from you and having you involved.


Footprints March, 22-29 October

The Footprints March against cuts and closure of services.

On the night of the 25th October the marchers will be staying at Redhills. We will be providing food and drink for the marchers (see list on Stalls page) and more offers are welcome.

Relevant March stages:

  • Tuesday 25th October: Shotley Bridge Hospital to University Hospital of North Durham
  • Wednesday 26th October: University Hospital of North Durham to Hartlepool Hospital

Contact details for March:





Health inequalities in the North

Due North: Report of the Inquiry on Health Equity for the North, Centre for Local Economic Strategies

“The North of England has persistently had poorer health than the rest of England and the gap has continued to widen over four decades and under five governments. … The aim of this inquiry is to develop recommendations for policies that can address the social inequalities in health within the North and between the North and the rest of England.” (p.6)


Unfair allocation of funding

“There is wide variation in the extent to which £79 billion in central funding allocated to local health bodies differs from target allocations that are based on relative need. This is NAO’s first report on funding since the 2013 health reforms took effect.”

NAO report ‘Funding healthcare: Making allocations to local areas”




2015 Challenge Manifesto

“The 2015 General Election comes at a critical time for health and care services. The pressures on the whole system have never been greater. This manifesto sets out what we believe are the essential components of a new health and care system and how they might look and be experienced by people using and working in health and care, and the wider public. It also sets out some shared ‘asks’ of politicians and policymakers that are essential to achieve this vision.”


Organisations signing up are:
Academy of Medical Royal Colleges; Association of Directors of Adult Social Services; Age UK; Association of Directors of Public Health; Asthma UK; British Heart Foundation; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; College of Emergency Medicine; Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management; Foundation Trust Network; Healthcare Financial Management Association; Institute of Healthcare Management; Local Government Association; Macmillan Cancer Support; National Voices; NHS Confederation; Royal College of General Practitioners; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Physicians; Royal Society for Public Health; Scope