A Northumberland health trust has been chosen to take a national lead in transforming care.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs hospitals in the county, has been chosen as one of eight vanguard sites to work with other organisations in delivering an integrated primary and acute care system.
The process aims to bring together home care, mental health services, community nursing, GP services and hospitals, and the trust will work in partnership with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, Northumberland County Council, GP practices, the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Healthwatch Northumberland.
Chief Executive Jim Mackey said: “This is excellent news for Northumberland and testament to the very strong partnership working that already exists. To deliver truly integrated care, we must look at experiences through the eyes of our patients and remove the barriers of organisational boundaries.”