Northern England Clinical Networks

The Northern England Clinical Networks are made up of members from a wide range of specialisms across all related conditions who share a common aim of wanting to improve patient experience and outcomes.

The Networks are always developing and welcomes anyone who has an interest in improving the care for those experiencing poor mental health, dementia or a neurological condition to get involved.

Primary objectives

  • Identify and reduce health inequalities in this population
  • Improve access to and quality of services
  • Promote the principles of good mental health and well being
  • Achieve clinical excellence in care by identifying innovative effective practice and supporting its implementation across the Network
  • Actively engage patient, user, carer and public views to inform and shape our work
  • Develop and implement evidence based pathways of care.

Priorities for improving dementia care

There are three key themes to this work:

Timely Diagnosis

  • To improve rates of diagnosis of dementia.
  • To support the development of memory services with social and health care


  • To enhance the quality of life of dementia patients


  • To inform and educate healthcare professionals in a way which will assist them in their ability to deal with dementia patients and their carers.

Contact us

Northern England Clinical Networks, NHS England, Waterfront 4, Goldcrest Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NY
Follow on Twitter @NorthNetworks

Who’s who

SCN Clinical lead for Dementia (secondary care)
Louise Allan, Consultant Geriatrician, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University,

SCN Associate Director
Roy McLachlan,

Network Manager
Suzanne Thompson,, 0191 210 6548