Get involved in shaping future healthcare services in West, North and East Cumbria

The Success Regime Programme in West, North and East Cumbria is seeking to transform local healthcare and wants to hear from as many people as possible to help shape a shared vision for future services.

A new website for the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime goes live today. The site – www.successregimecumbria.nhs.uk - contains a range of information including details of the programme background and aims, news, publications, engagement events and activities, and ways of feeding back views and comments. People can also use the on-line contact form to subscribe to email updates and register their interest in becoming more actively involved. Additional content will be added to the website as the programme develops.

At the same time, the Programme has launched a number of social media channels to listen to and discuss the views of local people, health and care staff and others. All channels are accessible via the new website, and include Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube and Vimeo for videos. The video sharing sites already host a number of videos recorded at the stakeholder launch event held at Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, on 18 September 2015.

In addition to digital content, there will be a number of face-to-face events taking place across the area where local people, NHS and care staff, colleagues from partner organisations, including the voluntary sector and others interested in the local health and care system, can find out more and have their say. More information will be shared about these shortly.

Sir Neil McKay, Success Regime Programme Chair, said: “This will be the most intensive, inclusive programme of public and clinical engagement that West, North and East Cumbria has ever seen. Our aim is to develop and deliver a healthcare vision fit for the future in partnership with patients, local people, health and care staff and healthcare partners. Involving people right from the start is the only way to make sure that future arrangements best meet the needs of the population we serve.”

Announced by the Secretary of State in June 2015, the Success Regime is a national initiative designed to support the most challenged health and care systems across the country. With long-term difficulties in recruiting permanently to key clinical posts, a history of financial challenges, and the need to improve the quality of services across the area, West, North and East Cumbria has been selected nationally, along with Essex and Devon, to take part in the Regime.

Local health and care leaders will continue to lead and own the improvement programme, but the Success Regime will provide them with access to support, expertise and resources at a national level. An outline strategy for local services has already been agreed – Together for a Healthier Future – following significant engagement with local people and health and care staff in 2014. The Success Regime will provide local leaders with the ability to build on this strategy and approach, but to make progress at the pace and scale needed over the next five years.

The Success Regime is led in partnership by the three national NHS bodies which have oversight of NHS organisations on a day-to-day basis: the NHS Trust Development Authority, Monitor and NHS England. While they will provide support, expertise and resources, they will also hold the local health and care system to account for delivering the strategy and plans agreed as part of the programme.

The programme will see local health and care organisations working more closely together as a ‘system’, and united in a common purpose, approach and set of ambitions. This approach will enhance our chances of success as, like many areas across the country, such challenges cannot be addressed by individual organisations alone.

For more information, visit: www.successregimecumbria.nhs.uk