CNTW 2030 video transcript

CNTW 2030 – Imagining our future, together

A message from James Duncan, our Deputy Chief Executive

“I’m delighted to announce the launch of our CNTW 2030 campaign. This is a conversation to enable us to think about what we want to be, and what part we, as CNTW, should play in improving the health of our local communities. It’s been a time like no other. Yet this is precisely the time we need to look up and think about what we have experienced, what we have learned and what we can do to positively re-imagine our future.”

The purpose of this is to:

  • Explain who CNTW are, what we do and the CNTW 2030 project
  • Explain why we are doing this now, and why we hope you will get involved
  • Invite conversations about how we would like to work together in the future

Who are CNTW?

CNTW stands for Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. It is a National Health Service (NHS) trust.

What is CNTW 2030?

This is the name of the work we are doing to start a conversation about how we want CNTW to help improve the health of our communities. Together, we hope to describe a positive, realistic description (vision) of the future we want to create. To help inform this, we are asking four questions:

  1. What matters to you?
  2. What must we protect?
  3. How would you like us to work together?
  4. What would make the biggest difference to you?

What does CNTW do?

Our 9,000 staff work with other NHS organisations, councils, charities and communities across the North East and north Cumbria. We help:

  • Autistic and other neurodiverse people, and people with learning disabilities
  • People with neurodisabilities (brain injury or illness)
  • People with mental health issues, people who misuse substances, people with Gender Dysphoria

How will CNTW 2030 help people?

It’s about what matters to us (our values), the way that we work (behaviours) and the things that we can do and the things we can influence. It’s about who we are, who we help and how we want to be. It’s about what we all have in common.

Why now, when things feel so tough?

“A long-term crisis, after a certain point, no longer seems like a crisis. It seems like the way things are.” – James Surowiecki
“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

The current situation

Let’s be honest about our current situation. CNTW’s strength is our dedicated, compassionate staff. However, we have high staff vacancies and large workloads. The pandemic has left many people exhausted. This means the care we provide and the way that we work with each other do not always reflect our NHS values and principles.

The future

There are plans in place to help with many of our current challenges, although it’ll take a while before we see the benefits. For example:

  • NHS Long Term Plan, Autism Strategy
  • More money is on the way, however balancing money and demand for our services will always be a challenge
  • More staff are being trained and there are more ways to learn too, for example apprenticeships

Let’s hope for a future where it’s easier to work in a way that reflects our values and principles, embracing the NHS Long Term Plan and other important issues, for example:

  • More personalised care and community partnership working
  • Accepting and celebrating diversity and difference
  • Changes to the Mental Health Act and protecting Human Rights
  • Working in a way that doesn’t cause further harm to the planet

With all this in mind, what do we hope the experience of working in CNTW feels like as:

  • A service user
  • A carer
  • A member of staff, or
  • An organisational partner

What principles, values and ways of working would we hope to see?

Please let us know what is important to you by thinking about the following questions. You can respond as an individual or as a team:

  1. What matters to you?
  2. What must we protect?
  3. How would you like us to work together?
  4. What would make the biggest difference to you?

To answer these questions, you can either: