NHS staff in Sunderland said ‘Goedemorgen’ to a group of Dutch GP’s as they visited the North East last week.

Staff at Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), which provides mental health and disability services to the region, welcomed a group of GP’s from the Netherlands on Friday 2 October.

The visit to Hopewood Park, Ryhope and Monkwearmouth Hospital, Sunderland was intended to allow the group to see examples of excellent care in other health systems, providing reflection and sources of inspiration for care development and innovation at home.

In the current financial climate, senior health managers and leading policy experts are looking for new innovative, low cost approaches to providing high quality integrated healthcare. Building networks across Europe and wider afield may provide new answers to these collective challenges.

Stewart GeeNTW Programme Director

Johannes Dalhuijsen, GP Mental Health Lead for Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) accompanied the GP’s as they were shown around the hospitals.