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What we're doing in South Tyneside

Posted on October 6th, 2009

What we’re doing in South Tyneside – and why

By Cllr Iain Malcolm, Leader, South Tyneside Council

Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland have ambitious plans for the future.  Total Place presents an unprecedented opportunity to work in partnership, to improve services and deliver better outcomes for local people, but reduce costs across the three areas.

Partnership working is at the heart of Total Place and our South of Tyne & Wear PCT and Northumbria Police partnership helps provide the opportunity to work with all public sector viagra for women partners, across the 3 areas. This pilot is fully focused on finding out how localities can work better together with strong central Government support.

Following an event on 20th July, alcohol and drug misuse was chosen for the first ‘deep dive’ analysis exercise.  The area was chosen because the three areas perform strongly on these priorities, but key challenges remain. There are significant issues with lifestyle choices and a third of respondents to the Place Survey think drug and alcohol issues are problems in the area.

Alcohol and drug misuse impacts on many other important local priorities including levels and perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour, health and lifestyle choices, child poverty, and its impact on life experiences, opportunities and aspirations. After discussions with partners, it was clear that this is an area of work that most partners have an active involvement in, either by working to prevent the causes or addressing the effects. By selecting this area of work as our first deep dive theme we can maximise the opportunities presented by enhanced partnership working and utilise the combined energies and thinking of a variety high performing partners.

Given the financial challenges we all face, there is widespread recognition that we must be innovative and challenge everything we do to reduce duplication.

We are up for that challenge and the opportunity to work more closely, stop duplication and utilise our resources more efficiently. We must move away from our traditional delivery silos.  We must work in real, long term partnership, not only with public sector authorities, but in partnership with local communities and service users.

In this sense Total Place is Total Partnership and is vital to address the financial challenges we face.

Find out more about the work underway in South Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland at their pilot page.

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