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Who we are

We’re a partnership bringing together the NHS, councils, combined authorities, voluntary and partner organisations from right across our region. We are a collaboration of organisations committed to looking at new and different ways to work to improve the overall health of the three million people we serve.

Most of our work is focused in places and neighbourhoods, but it also provides a way for us to work together on regional issues that need to be tackled at scale.

Preventing poor health and wellbeing and addressing inequalities is at the heart of what we are doing.

By working on these wider priorities together, our work can have a bigger collective impact in areas like clinical strategy and clinical networks, strategic commissioning and the development of shared policies.

Our vision

By sharing resources, developing our workforce and making better use of technology, our ambition is to significantly improve the health and wellbeing of people in all of our communities, through the provision of safe and sustainable services and the prevention of ill health.

We are designing services which suit the needs of individuals, help people to stay well and avoid unnecessary stays in hospital. We will achieve this by working alongside our communities and through our staff, and by collaborating across organisations.

As an integrated care system, we need to transform population health and deal much more effectively with the operational challenges we face on a day to day basis.

Working in partnership

Our region

Click on the map to find out about some of our health and care organisations


Population 847,000

Clinical commissioning groups

Tees Valley CCG

Primary care networks

17 primary care networks

We are a region that thrives on collaborations driven by a shared vision to do the very best for our patients, local communities and those that work for us.

We’re already working together as one Integrated Care System (ICS) across the North East and North Cumbria and will become a statutory organisation, subject to approvals by Parliament, from 1 April 2022. You can read more about what this means in the recent white paper.

We are committed to ensuring that our ICS delivers improved health and care for our whole population by working together ‘at-scale’ on our shared priorities which include improving overall health, reducing inequalities and increasing life expectancy.  At the same time we are working more closely with all our partners – including local authorities and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VSCE) sector - to ensure we continue to design and deliver services to meet the needs of our local communities – what we call place-based working.

This includes working with our 64 primary care networks (PCNs) which are groups of local GP practices, social care teams and other community-based care providers. And building on the strong links we have with Healthwatch and the VCSE sector across the region including VONNE and Cumbria CVS. These networks are built around places and neighbourhoods each working to improve services for local people and thinking about how to meet future challenges.

Through closer working with our local authorities and all our partners, our ambition is to also bring together not just health and social care but also education, planning, housing, environmental health and leisure services for the benefit of local communities.


Chair designate and executive lead

Alan Foster

Executive lead of the North East and North Cumbria ICS

Alan Foster, MBE
Alan is leading the development of an integrated care system for the North East and North Cumbria, working closely with health and care leaders in the region.

He was previously chief executive of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, a role he held from 2007 to 2018. He joined the Trust from County Durham and Tees Valley Strategic Health Authority where he was director of finance.

Before joining the NHS, Alan worked in finance in the water industry and in local government. He was awarded an MBE for services to the NHS in 2013.

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