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Consultation draft feedback report published

A report of public feedback gained during the recent NHS consultation ‘Path to Excellence’ has been published.

Around 2,500 people have taken part in the public consultation which took place over 14 and a half weeks into areas of hospital care in Sunderland and South Tyneside including:

The feedback gathered from participants during the consultation period from has been independently analysed from information gathered during public events, from surveys, focus groups and submissions. This includes:

Two feedback sessions have been organised so local people can hear directly from the analysists who drafted the report. These are taking place:

Monday 11th December

Public feedback session – South Tyneside


The Clervaux Exchange, Jarrow, NE32 5UP


6pm to 8pm

Tuesday 12th December Public feedback event – Sunderland


Hope Street Xchange, Sunderland, SR1 3QD


10am to 12 noon

Register your place on Eventbrite or the links via

Dr Matthew Walmsley, chair of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group said: “This feedback phase presents the public and stakeholders with a further opportunity to comment on the findings of the consultation and the proposed next steps.

It gives an opportunity for any further comments that have been received from the public feedback sessions, and for other data or views to be considered as well as consideration of any alternative service models that may have been suggested through the public consultation.”

Dr Ian Pattinson, chair of NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “I’d like to thank the thousands of people who took the time to give their views about these important changes to local NHS services.

“With the public consultation phase now at an end, the clinical commissioning groups are now engaged in a period of intelligent consideration of the feedback received during the public consultation period in order to inform our decision.”

This consideration includes the public feedback sessions, clinical workshops with members of the clinical services review group and workshops with the two CCG governing bodies. The process will finish with an extra-ordinary meeting in common of the governing bodies of the two clinical commissioning groups in February 2018, held in public and at which the two CCGs will make their final decisions.

This period of intelligent consideration will last for one month from the publication of the consultation results.

The public consultation is led by the commissioners of local health services – NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Sunderland CCG. They are responsible for planning and buying healthcare services on behalf of patients.

Working in partnership with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, who formed a strategic alliance in March 2016 known as ‘South Tyneside and Sunderland Healthcare Group’, all four NHS organisations are committed to delivering the best possible NHS services for the future through the Path to Excellence programme.

Members of the public have until Monday 8th January to given any further comments on the draft feedback via the path to excellence programme.

The consultation process has been independently reviewed by The Consultation Institute and found to be consistent with recognised standards of best practice.

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