Local Neuro Forums
The forums are sub-groups of the North East Neurosciences
Network concerned with the delivery of the National Service
Framework (NSF) for Long Term Neurological Conditions across the
North East. The forums involve service users and carers,
commissioners and service providers, including Social Services,
independent sector providers and relevant third sector
The main aim of the forums is to improve the lives of
those living with and supporting those affected by long term
neurological conditions across the region.
Key objectives of the forums are:
- To support the development of a vision to meet population
health needs and reduce inequalities.
- To provide a platform for members to inform the commissioning
process for neurological services including tertiary, secondary and
primary care health services.
- To influence the commissioning of social care and other
services to promote people's independence (e.g. housing
adaptations, welfare to work, etc.).
- To oversee the implementation of the standards of the NSF Long
Term Conditions for Neurological Conditions.
- To ensure effective patient and carer involvement.
Recruitment and Membership
The Network is aware of the importance of recruiting people with
the right skills, knowledge and experience to play an effective
part in delivering the strategic aims of the group. The aim is to
recruit individuals who reflect the community they represent.
The forums will balance the need for stability, which comes from
continuity of knowledge and relationships with the need for new
ideas and new thinking.
Mentors and mentees from the Workforce Innovations Programme
will also be recruited into the forums; they will have equal rights
as other members and be expected to carry out similar roles.
The Role of the Members
There are a number of roles the members will perform,
key roles being:
- To act in the best interests of the group, the organisations
they represent and the people and business community in the
locality that the forum represents.
- To take part in themed Working/Task Groups as determined by the
- To represent the views of the group in external networks and
meetings as appropriate.
- Providing partnership and understanding between organisations
and services and the needs of people affected by neurological
In addition to the roles above, mentors and mentees from the
Workforce Innovations Programme will be expected to utilise the
- In meeting Programme and individual objectives.
- To build relationships with other members across the broad
spectrum of neurological conditions and diverse range of
- Gain further insight of those living with and supporting those
affected by long term neurological conditions.
- To link into a wealth of knowledge and experience of
Reporting and Communication Arrangements
The forums report to the North East Neurosciences
Network and through that to the SHA.
The forums also communicate with:
- The Long Term Conditions steering group, where they exist.
- All NHS organisations within network area.
- Voluntary provider organizations within the network area.
- Network clinical sub-groups and cross cutting groups.
- Any organization or body that has a vested interest in Long
Term Neurological conditions.