In keeping with our open and honest values, we will publish links to the path to excellence key documents and reports on this page for ease of access and to aid understanding of this work.
Please check the site for new updates as we will add more information as it becomes available.
Information about the consultation
This document is the communications plan for the Path to Excellence. It focuses on communications methods used in the consultation phase.
Public consultation document
This document is the public consultation document and explains the main issues around the case for making changes to the hospital services.
It describes the different options being consulted upon.
This document is 116 pages.
Public consultation summary document
This document is a summary of the public consultation document. It is much shorter and concentrates on the main issues and the different options being consulted upon.
Public consultation document – Easy Read version
This document is an Easy Read version of the consultation document. It uses words and pictures to make the information easier to read and understand.
Full pre-consultation business case for change
This is a technical NHS document which sets out in significant detail a full case for change around the hospital services.
The public facing documents have been drawn from the information contained in this case for change to make the issues easier to access for patients and public. This is a large document 171 pages long.
The appendices from the pre consultation business case are below:
Appendix 4.1 Path to Excellence Communications and Engagement Strategy
Appendix 4.2 Path to Excellence communications and engagement task and finish group terms of reference
Appendix 4.3 South Tyneside and Sunderland Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee terms of reference
Appendix 4.4 A summary of patient insight and experience
Appendix 5.1 Overview of Clinical Design Process
Appendix 5.2 Five tests self-assessment
Appendix 5.3 Internal and external assurance arrangements
Appendix 6.1 North of England CVD Network Stroke Service Review Report
Appendix 6.2 Summary Integrated Impact Assessment Report
Appendix 7.1 Travel and Transport Impact Assessment Summary Report
Assurance letter from NHS England
This letter received from NHS England gives South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership a partial assurance position to proceed to public consultation.
This letter received from NHS England gives South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership final assurance on Phase 1 proposals to progress to decision-making.
Travel and transport Impact Baseline report – full report
This report has been prepared by independent travel and transport planning consultants to review a range of aspects around transport and travel. This is a large document 227 pages long.
Travel and transport Impact Baseline report – executive summary
This is a summary of the full baseline report above. This document is 14 pages long.
Public travel and transport summary
This is a more easily digestible summary.
Travel and transport Impact Assessment of service review options
This report has been prepared by independent travel and transport planning consultants to review transport and travel impacts for each of the proposed options in the public consultation document. This is a large document 225 pages long.
Travel and transport update – January 2018
The NHS partners know from conversations with the public both before and during the public consultation on the Path to excellence that people are very concerned about how they will reach hospital services as a result of any future changes to the way services are arranged. This report has been written to provide an update on travel and transport work to date and early key tasks that have been identified to help minimise travel and transport impact.
The Path to Excellence travel and transport working group – terms of reference
The Path to Excellence Travel and Public Transport Working Group (the group) is established as a sub group of the Programme Management Group, in accordance with the governance arrangements for the Path to Excellence programme and the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership.
Independent, Integrated, Equality, Health and Health Inequalities, Impact Assessment
These reports have been prepared by an independent public health specialist.
Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA) is a tool used during NHS service reform planning to assess the potential of any policy, plan, proposal or decision to reduce or increase health inequalities. Many policies have the potential to impact on health inequalities and this is critical information that the NHS will need to consider in making their final decision.
These fact sheets provide a summary of the reasons why these services need to change as well as summarising the difference these changes will make to people of South Tyneside and Sunderland.
Review of consultation methodology and compliance with statutory engagement
This paper will remain in draft for feedback over the period of consideration of the public feedback from the consultation phase. It will be finalised for the joint committee in common of the two CCG governing bodies in order to provide a final assurance around the processes followed for the public consultation.
Best Practice Certificate from the Independent Consultation Institute
Response to consultation
The programme also asked for a view from the Northern Neonatal Transfer Service (NNTS). This can be found here:
Consulation feedback report
Information from the listening phase
Below you will find information we have previously published during our listening phase. This work has been built upon for the public consultation, for example where we have learned more around travel and transport impact.
Travel and transport impact assessment baseline report – January 2017
Travel impact assessment scope 26/09/16
Information that informed the listening phase and national information
Read the Next steps on The NHS Five Year Forward View – March 2017