Chief Executives form new partnership board

Chief Executives form new partnership board

The Chief Executives of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have formed a new delivery board to rapidly drive improvements and work together more efficiently to provide high quality, sustainable care for patients in West, North & East Cumbria. 

The delivery board met this week for the first time and will be chaired on a rotating basis by Claire Molloy, CEO of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Stephen Eames, CEO of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.  The first meeting looked at a number of areas where working together more closely would be most beneficial.    Some of the issues being discussed included how urgent care and therapeutic services are delivered across the area, opportunities to share expertise around the maintenance of our land and buildings, and creating joint posts to recruit specialists to shape and lead the development of a single children’s health team.

Both organisations are key partners in the West, North and East Success Regime and although the delivery board will be aligning its work to the Success Regime workstreams, there are a number of areas that the board feels can be progressed now to help improve quality and efficiency.

Stephen Eames, Chief Executive of North Cumbria Acute said, “Both organisations have longstanding and extremely challenging problems in securing specialist staff and it makes absolute sense to be working side by side to resolve some of our challenges together.  We have already agreed to advertise jointly for children’s specialists to drive the change needed create one team providing nursing, medicine and therapies to children in West, North and East Cumbria.  With the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle already offering to bring services to Cumbria, it creates an excellent opportunity for health professionals looking to develop their careers with a real opportunity to shape a service and influence change.”

Claire Molloy said, “What we can achieve together is really quite exciting, there are a number of obvious areas where each organisation has historical arrangements for the provision of services that could be more joined up for our patients and ensure we are making the best use of the Cumbrian pound.  It was a very optimistic first meeting and we hope to invite our GP partners to future meetings so that we can really start to tackle more of the joint challenges we face.”

Cumbria County Council were also represented on the Board by Sally Burton, Interim Corporate Director of Health and Social Care for Cumbria County Council.