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Strategic Group

The Strategic Group meets quarterly and acts as a ‘critical friend’ to ensure senior-level strategic commitment to improving and or changing service provision to people with complex needs and organisational buy-in to the Fulfilling Lives programme in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Group has representation from the statutory and voluntary sectors, covering the four main areas of need of homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and offending. The Board is convened by Changing Lives.

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Sir Paul Ennals, Independent Chair said of the Strategic Group:

“The Strategic Group has brought senior colleagues together from across the partnership to consider the strategic issues which have arisen from the programme and to plan how together we can change the system for the better. We have had some difficult discussions, but we feel we have made a real difference. Our work has been greatly enhanced by the regular input of experts by experience.”

Purpose and Aim of Strategic Group

The overall purpose of the Strategic group is to ensure senior-level strategic commitment to improving and or changing service provision to people with complex needs and organisational buy-in to the Fulfilling Lives programme in Newcastle and Gateshead. The Group will act as a ‘critical friend’ (Appreciative Enquiry) and oversee the conversion of the Fulfilling Lives vision into an achievable action plan which makes a difference to individuals.

The aims of the Group are to:

  • Provide encouragement, advice and guidance on the development, implementation and delivery of the Fulfilling Lives programme to ensure that it fits into the broader strategic approach to meeting the needs of local people in Newcastle and Gateshead with complex needs.
  • Ensure that the Fulfilling Lives programme does not duplicate but complements any existing work programmes that are being delivered across Newcastle and Gateshead.
  • Ensure that there is a true partnership approach to the development of the strategic vision for the Fulfilling Lives programme and make links between health, care and housing.
  • Help orchestrate the decision-making processes in each of our organisation so that systems change is consistent.
  • Help manage the interface with elected representatives.
  • Facilitate and support access to resources and information that are available across statutory and non-statutory organisations across Newcastle and Gateshead that will support the development and evaluation of the programme and identify cash savings and opportunities to end duplication.
  • Receive and consider information about the progress of the programme and provide a forum for discussion.
  • Ensure that the needs of service users are listened to at a strategic level and are central to the vision for the programme.
  • Consider how services might be commissioned in a more integrated way
  • Identify and address any arising issues or areas of concern at a senior level.

Membership

The Group has representation from the statutory and voluntary sectors, covering the four main areas of need of homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health and offending. The Group is convened by Changing Lives.

Membership of the Group at June 2019 is as follows:

  • Independent Chair- Sir Paul Ennals
  • Stephen Bell (CEO, Changing Lives)
  • Brendan Hill (CEO, Mental Health Concern)
  • David Smith (CEO, Oasis Community Housing)
  • Gerald Tompkins (Public Health Consultant, Gateshead Council)
  • Lynn Wilson (Director of Joint Commissioning, Performance and Quality, Gateshead Council and Newcastle Gateshead CCG)
  • David Muir (Group Nurse Director Central Locality, NTWNHS)
  • Dr Guy Pilkington (Chair of Newcastle CCG )
  • Louise Mann (Head of Business Change, CRC, Northumbria Probation Trust)
  • Scott Hall (Chief Superintendent, Northumbria Police)
  • Paul Mason (Partnership Manager, National Lottery Community Fund Lottery)
  • Sandra Brydon (Senior Operations and Partnerships Manager DWP)
  • Baroness Hilary Armstrong
  • Mark Smith Director of Public Service Reform, Gateshead council)
  • Aidan Oswell (Senior Active Inclusion Officer, Newcastle City Council)
  • Fulfilling Lives NG Experts by Experience representatives

Please get in touch with our Programme Manager if you’d like to find out more or join our Strategic group: lindsay.henderson@fulfillinglives-ng.org.uk