Better Care Together programme makes progress

Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust have introduced a new Care Navigator role in the Millom and Duddon Valley area. Care Navigators work in the community and  take a holistic approach to people's health and recovery. They work to improve peoples health and wellbeing looking at their physical and mental health. This could be helping people to eat well, take up physical activity, give advice on any dependencies such as smoking, alcohol and drug use. Care Co-ordinators can also help with important issues such as social isolation and loneliness.

These roles are very much in line with the recommendations of Better Care Together i.e. to bring more services into the community and to reduce avoidable GP appointments and hospital admissions.

Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust held a members meeting in Kendal on 18 June 2015, where Better Care Together was a key discussion point. The event attracted approximately 40 people, we received very valuable feedback and had the opportunity to answer questions, for example on staff communications.

The latest Furness Listening event was held on 25 June 2015 at the Forum in Barrow. Approximately 30 people attended the event where the main topic of conversation revolved around communication. Colleagues from UHMB, Primary Care and Cumbria CCG  together with third sector organisations attended the event to listen to members of the public and hear their experiences. This is an increasingly important feature of the event and staff attendance is very much appreciated by everyone.

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