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Multiple and complex needs in North East England: research meeting 26 February 2020

Multiple and complex needs in North East England: understanding high mortality rates and identifying opportunities to intervene

Bookings on now open for February’s 2020 quarterly research meeting.

The meeting, co-organised with PHE, ARC NENC and the Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gatehead Experts by Experience Network, welcomes those who have an interest in improving outcomes for people with multiple and complex needs and reducing health inequalities across North East England (e.g. housing, drug and alcohol services and commissioners, probation, primary and secondary care, voluntary sector).

Multiple and complex needs include issues of homelessness, substance misuse, repeat offending and mental health. People facing these issues experience severe health inequalities – the mortality rates in these groups is almost seven times higher for men than the general population and almost twelve times higher for women (Aldridge et al, 2018). The North East of England has the highest drug-related death rate of any region in England and Wales.

Fulfilling Lives Newcastle Gateshead is a National Lottery Community Fund funded programme that works to improve the lives of people with multiple and complex needs across Newcastle and Gateshead. A qualitative study developed by its Experts by Experience (peer researchers) network along with Fuse researchers aimed to explore the reasons underlying the high mortality rates among people with multiple and complex needs. In particular, the study aimed to pinpoint opportunities to identify people at-risk and to explore potential interventions that may be helpful in preventing early death. Focus groups were held with Experts by Experience as well as those working in the health, social care and voluntary sectors that support people with multiple and complex needs.

What will I gain from attending the meeting?

This quarterly research meeting offers an opportunity to hear about, and engage with, the emerging findings from this study. The event will provide an overview of the research itself, followed by facilitated table discussions where participants will help reflect on the findings, and shape meaningful recommendations for policy, practice and future research in the region.

A full programme will be circulated soon, in the meantime you can register for the event here.