Path to Excellence

‘The Path to Excellence’ public consultation: how we create the best possible improvements for health care in South Tyneside and Sunderland

To find out more about ‘The Path to Excellence’ consultation, please go to the dedicated website: 

A consultation to gather public views around the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland started on 5th July 2017. It ran for 14 and a half weeks until Sunday 15th October, and focussed particularly on areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside General Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital. This included:

  • Stroke services specifically hospital (acute) care and hospital-based rehabilitation services
  • Maternity services (obstetrics) covering hospital-based birthing facilities i.e. where you would give birth to your baby
  • Women’s services (gynaecology) covering inpatient surgery where you would need an overnight hospital stay
  • Children and young people’s (paediatrics urgent and emergency) services and special care baby units.

The consultation period included a range of activities for people  to find out more about the issues under consideration and to give their views. This included a series of public events, focus groups, and surveys.

Local NHS clinical leaders explained the challenges around the way these services are currently being delivered, the different ways local doctors, nurses and hospital-based therapy staff think these services could be provided both now and in the future, and listened to public feedback about these different proposals.

Notice of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Sunderland CCG governing bodies extra ordinary meeting in common to decide the future of hospital services from the Path to Excellence consultation

Date: Wednesday 21st February
Venue: Hebburn Central, Glen Street, Hebburn, NE31 1AB.
Time: 2pm to 4pm

The main agenda items will be the decisions about the recent public consultation on three areas of acute hospital care in South Tyneside and Sunderland as part of the ‘Path to Excellence’.

Papers are available to download here:

Agenda – meeting in common of Governing Bodies – 21st February 2018

We have updated the consultation assurance report to include the correct Consultation Institute assurance process (section 12) and to address some very minor typographical errors and consistency with naming conventions.

Enclosure 1 – Consultation Assurance Report

Appendices to Enclosure 1

Decision – Supporting Information

Additional information to IIA Summary Report

The above information is also available as separate links below:Path to Excellence Final Public Consultation Feedback Analysis Report

  1. Path to Excellence Final Public Consultation Feedback Analysis Report
  2. Summary of the original Equality, Health and Health Inequalities Integrated Impact Assessment Report
  3. Updated Equality, Health and Health Inequalities Integrated Impact Assessment (IIA): A summary following public consultation (January 2018)
  4. Travel and Transport Impact Analysis (v5)
  5. Public transport and travel field testing report
  6. Travel and transport working group report
  7. ‘Resilience and Future-proofing Stroke services for the North East and North Cumbria’, A Stroke Service Review – Northern England Strategic Clinical Networks
  8. Professor Tony Rudd, National Clinical Director for Stroke – response to stroke options
  9. Path to Excellence – outline communications and engagement strategies for service changes
  10. Response to the Path to Excellence consultation from the NTWD LMS Board
  11. Northern Neonatal Network feedback to Path to Excellence Phase 1a obstetrics and paediatrics proposals
  12. Northern England Child Health Network feedback to paediatrics proposals in Path to Excellence consultation
  13. Northern Clinical Senate Report on the Urgent and Emergency Paediatric Services proposals
  14. Path to Excellence consultation: NEAS consideration of proposals – letter 
  15. Path to Excellence consultation: NEAS response to the proposals