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Have your say on future health services as NHS road show hits town

Posted on Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Health organisations across Cumbria are keen to hear from residents in Allerdale, Copeland, Carlisle and Eden about the type of health services they would like to see in the future to help them live healthier lives.  

A campaign called Together for a Healthier Future was recently launched and aims to make sure that the views of local people are taken into account with the feedback from the public being used to inform the five year plan that is being developed for health services in North Cumbria. 

Representatives from the NHS will be attending existing meetings of local councils and community groups, and during April and May the NHS road show will be visiting towns across north Cumbria on the following dates from 10.00am – 2.00pm, except Brampton which finishes at 1.30pm.  

Saturday 26 April Farmers Market, Market Place, Brampton

Friday 2 May Farmers Market, English Street, Carlisle

Thursday 15 May Moot Hall Area Market, Keswick

Saturday 17 May Market Place, Whitehaven

Tuesday 20 May Farmers Market, Clock Tower, Penrith

Friday 23 May Market, Town Square, Cleator Moor

Monday 26 May Plant Market, Wilkinson Car Park, Cockermouth

Dates and times will be announced shortly for further road shows taking place in towns and villages across north Cumbria.  

There will also be large events to engage the community and voluntary sector and independent research through a series of focus groups. Survey work will also take place with patients and carers to understand better their experience of travelling between home and hospital and between hospitals.  

Dr Hugh Reeve, clinical chair, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is really important that we hear from local people and have a two way conversation with the public about the future of health services in North Cumbria.  The NHS road show will be out and about over the next few weeks and I would encourage everyone to take this opportunity to go and have a chat with our representatives as we are keen to hear what the public have to say.  

Dr Reeve added: “Health and care organisations across North Cumbria are working together to ensure a healthier future for the people we serve. We are determined to provide our population with the best possible health system, one that is integrated with social care, helps people be more independent and is safe, sustainable and affordable.”  

Health and care organisations have come together as the North Cumbria Programme Board, which is part of the Cumbria Health and Care Alliance. 

The collective ambition of all the organisations is to provide local people with the best possible health services. The plan will ensure services are: 

• more responsive to patients’ needs 

• the highest possible quality, including improving safety, outcomes and patient experience 

• clinically and financially sustainable

Services will be focused on supporting people to stay well and to manage their own health and wellbeing, by developing more support within communities and in people’s own homes.  This will mean organisations working together to address some of the very real challenges they are facing around quality, sustainability, finances and recruitment. 

More information about Together for a Healthier Future is available on the NHS Cumbria CCG website at www.cumbriaccg.nhs.uk/healthierfuture and if members of the public are unable to attend the road shows, they can email their comments to healthierfuture@cumbriaccg.nhs.uk. 

Posted on Tuesday 22nd April 2014

 

 
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