STRUCTURE: County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust has begun a major service review as it takes over County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services.

The transfer took place this month under transforming community services. The review consultation document says: “CDDFT and CDDCHS agree that the new organisation requires a new clinical strategy, to make sure we seize the opportunity to improve patient experience and outcomes, and this discussion document is the first step in this process.

“Over the next 18 months we intend to establish the Foundation Trust as a leading edge integrated care provider. This will create even greater opportunities to
improve the experience of patients and outcomes by shifting care closer to home.

“We have identified six priority areas for discussion which are central to our clinical strategy, or have an important influence upon it: Prevention first, community services, acute care, workforce, estates and economics.”