Members inspired by Trust’s biggest ever Annual Members Meeting

Over 300 members of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust were entertained informed and inspired at the 2014 Annual Members Meeting.

Watch our 3 minute montage film of the Annual Meeting 

One member commented:

“It was excellent - best NHS Trust Open Day I've been to, there was a real feeling that staff were enthusiastic and interested in their work. I heard about the Care Home Education Team, which I wasn't previously aware of -  it sounds like an excellent service.”

The official business included an overview of the year from the Trust Board including chief executive Claire Molloy and an opportunity for members to ask the board questions.

A film introducing the Trust's new vision and values was also shown.

This was followed by two inspirational talks from guest speakers Millom Action Group and the Food Train. Both speakers explained how a desire to make a difference to their local communities had spurred them to take action as a community.

The Millom Action Group started as a group protesting for better healthcare in Millom and now actually includes members of the local NHS organisations and the council. They are working together to improve the local health economy.

John Howarth Director of Service Improvement said:

“When you think about what has been achieved by this group in such a short space of time you really can't help but be inspired. In June there were protest marches now we are in September and we have secured staff, developed a recruitment film for doctors and all organisations are talking together about how we can bring better services to this remote area of Cumbria.”

The Food Train is a charity set up by volunteers in Dumfries to give older people in their local area access to fresh food. It has now expanded across Dumfries and Galloway, West Lothian, Glasgow, Stirling, Dundee and Renfrewshire.

 The official part of the day was concluded by a dramatic performance from Workington Academy, winners of the Cumbria Rock Challenge of which the Trust is a major sponsor.

Following the official business more than 40 services were showcased over four zones which reflected the Trust's Values. Spirit, Ambition, Kindness and Fairness.

This gave members a chance to meet the teams behind the services and to talk with experts and professionals. Many of the stalls were interactive including the CPR challenge and the diabetes eye screening teams.

Claire Molloy Chief Executive said:

“I am so very grateful to all the staff who took the time to showcase their services, the feedback has shown that this is the part members enjoyed the most and meeting and talking to staff is the part I enjoyed the most too. This was our most ambitious members meeting yet and I have to say I think it was the most successful too.”

The meeting was closed by the small NHS singing group based at Penrith hospital who sang some inspiring songs including a lullaby called ‘Nisa', the classic song ‘Hit the Road Jack' and ‘I woke up this morning with the sun in my heart.'