R&I Strategy Survey


1. Are you representing an organisation, you as an individual, or are you a member of the public?


2. If you are representing an organisation, please can you let us know more details regarding your organisation.  


3. Within the Strategy, we have proposed seven principles for supporting research and innovation across the North East and North Cumbria region:

A) Focus on research co-production and user centred health and care design to ensure we support real people and communities, with no one left behind.
B) Drive a strong culture of innovation, where we have ‘licence to succeed and permission to fail’. Some projects will fly and others fail, but all will support learning and improvement.
C) Nurture and grow, a confident and highly skilled workforce with the necessary capacity and tools required to deliver evidence-informed, place-based care.    
D) Support the use of evidence, data and analytics to understand if we are doing the right things in the right way, drawing on the lived experience of people using our services. 
E) Collaborate across the regional ecosystem, capitalising on our unique assets, infrastructure and relationships, to unlock new technologies, accelerate clinical trials and develop new methodologies to meet the health and care needs of our population.
F) Attract inward investment and maximise untapped resources by working with industry and Local Authorities to support economic development and job creation and thus the wellbeing of our population.
G) Celebrate success at all levels and draw on talent in every sector to ensure we position this region as an internationally visible centre for excellence in research and innovation.


Are you aware of any gaps with this approach? If so, please could you provide further details (500 words cap)


4. We have suggested that the focus of our research, innovation and improvement activities will be aligned to the existing overarching goals defined within the Better Health and Wellbeing for All Strategy, which are: - 

Reduce the gap between the region and the England average in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth by at least 10% by 2030. This goal aims to reverse the current trajectory and set a long-term transformation in health outcomes.


Reduce inequality in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy at birth between people living in the most deprived 20% of neighborhoods and the least deprived 20% by at least 10% by 2030. This goal focuses on reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes for everyone.


Increase the percentage of children with good school readiness at reception, particularly for children from disadvantaged groups. This goal aims to provide the best possible start in life for children and young people, which will have lasting positive effects on the physical and mental health outcomes and fairer outcomes.


Improve health and care services in the region. This may involve new, more efficient and effect ways of working and results in a better experience for patients, their families and staff. Ensure that the Integrated Care System is rated as good or outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 


In addition to the above overarching goals, a number of supporting actions have been defined and these include: -

  • reducing smoking prevalence;
  • decreasing alcohol related hospital admissions;
  • halving the difference in suicide rate; 
  • lowering drug related deaths;
  • increasing the percentage of early-stage cancer diagnosis;
  • increasing the number of people within the population at a healthy weight;
  • reducing social isolation;
  • increasing health life expectancy.

In your opinion, does the above cover the areas of most significance to the region? (500 words cap)


5. As part of this work, we have identified a number of strategic objectives that support a holistic, regional approach to research and innovation which improves population health and accelerates economic growth.


Are you aware of any gaps? If so, please can you provide more detail below (500 words cap)


6. We have proposed a series of recommendations and next steps. If you are able to suggest further recommendations and associated next steps we would welcome this feedback. (500 words cap)


7. Our ambition is for this to become a Shared Research and Innovation Strategy. If you are keen to get involved, please let us know how you can contribute by providing your contact details below: - Name, email address and telephone number to be added to the form.