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NECS Partnership with Canterbury District Health Board and Streamliners

Collaborative working in the NHS – sharing learning from New Zealand, South Tyneside, Cardiff and beyond

Date: 21st November 2019

Venue: Hill Dickinson, Broadgate Tower, EC2A 2EW.

As Integrated Care Systems will cover the whole country by 2021, we offered the chance to hear more from acclaimed international colleagues at a free one-day workshop which was held on 21st November.

The ‘Whole of System’ approach of the Canterbury Health System has received much international publicity and acclaim. Within the UK in particular it is seen as offering a model that provides a ‘fit for purpose’ framework for emerging integrated Care Systems.

Whilst the challenges of healthcare in the UK, New Zealand and Australia are similar, the structural and political environment can vary and this often raises questions about applicability and transferability.  Therefore the session focused on the transferable aspects of the approach, with delegates having an opportunity to hear from regions in the UK who have already adopted this way of working.

The event offered:

  • Practical insights from the leaders of regions in the United Kingdom and Australasia who have successfully translated aspects of the Canterbury approach.
  • Explorative discussion to test the practical relevance of these insights as they apply to UK integrated care systems and the Long Term Plan.
  • Powerful learnings on how an effective shared culture is central to attaining these goals.
  • How finance and outcomes work in an Alliance model
  • An understanding of how localised pathways of care, collaboratively developed can enable true system integration
  • Networking opportunities to support your work into the future.

The forum heard how South Tyneside and Cardiff have translated the learning from Canterbury to successfully affect change in their local system.

Most importantly, the event, via a series of facilitated discussions, allowed participants to explore these journeys with the speakers, invited guests and fellow attendees to consider the relevance for their local circumstances and explored ways of practically applying these learnings to their own local context.

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Opening plenary

Breakout session 1 Putting your money

Breakout session 2 Using data within an effective outcomes framework

Session 4 Making friends and influencing colleagues

Breakout session 5 Get The Balance Right Discussion

Carolyn Gullery CDHB Plenary

Closing plenary

Watch the highlights from the workshop below:


Canterbury District Health BoardStreamliners

NECS have partnered up with health sector experts from Canterbury, New Zealand to support new care models.

NECS has formed a five year partnership with Streamliners New Zealand Limited (SNZ) and The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to share knowledge and capability with other organisations committed to improving the effectiveness of health and social care services through collaboration and patient centred design. The learning will utilise the experience from across the Canterbury health system which has been on a 10 year journey applying a whole-of-system approach to the provision of health and social care.

The agreement comes on the back of their contributions to work underway with South Tyneside CCG.

The aims of the partnership are to help support emerging Integrated Care Systems with system-wide working and transforming the design and delivery of new models of care.


Streamliners Website

Canterbury District Health Board Website

Kate Hudson – Chief Finance Officer NHS South Tyneside CCG

Dr David Hambleton – Chief Executive Officer NHS South Tyneside CCG

Dr Jon Tose – Clinical Director and GP NHS South Tyneside CCG



Dr Shaz Wahid – Medical Director South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust