Our ambition

Everything we do will centre around our three transformation priorities, which are:

Improving health outcomes and reducing inequality

Fundamentally, we know that across Sunderland significant inequalities exist and people are living longer in poor health. By preventing physical and mental ill health, and getting to grips with issues before they become bigger problems, we want people to lead happier, healthier lives.  To achieve this ‘step change’, our efforts will focus on social prescribing and a range of projects to enhance recovery and rehabilitation to help people avoid long-term treatment and lifelong service dependency.


Enhanced integrated primary care services

Enhancing primary care is a key priority so that community-based health and social care services are more joined up. Through the development of new ‘primary care networks’ in neighbourhoods across Sunderland, our aim is to sustain and transform GP services to ensure that local people have access to high quality primary medical care and a range of community services which is locally accessible and better co-ordinated.

The transformation of care and support services

We need to rethink and improve how health and care services are delivered in line with the expectations of the people of Sunderland.  We want to provide more care in the right place, at the right time and by the most appropriate healthcare professionals within our local communities. To do this, our aim is to develop new innovative ways of working and embrace new technology where appropriate.

In the years ahead, we hope to see these three priorities result in:

Strengthening general practices by enhancing community integrated teams and services built around local neighbourhoods and ‘primary care networks’

More joined-up care and support in GP surgeries, the community or in the home for people with a range of long-term conditions

More emphasis on recovery and rehabilitation and supporting people to live independently for as long as possible

Working closer together across organisations to support shared health and care priorities and remove duplication

Driving improvement across the health and care system by looking at how we can use our resources better and avoid duplication

Supporting people to be healthy and independent and addressing health inequalities by developing active communities

Delivering an urgent care services that provide high quality and timely care when people need it most