Healthcare Listening Events start next week

A series of healthcare listening events are being facilitated by Healthwatch at the request of the NHS in West, North and East Cumbria. This is because the local NHS wants to hear the thoughts of people who live in the area on health and care services in West, North and East Cumbria and what improvements they would like to see.

Improvements to services are needed because this area faces some of the most serious health challenges such as:
•    Difficulties recruiting key healthcare staff
•    Access to care, particularly in isolated, rural communities
•    Rising demand for healthcare services
•    Financial challenges

For this reason, the local NHS is looking at how services can be improved. The views of residents are an important part of this. After they are gathered at these events they will be sent to the NHS organisations which are looking at how to provide better, more sustainable services to local people.

This work is being commissioned by the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime, one of three such nationally agreed programmes in the country. This programme brings extra resources and focus to this area, to help the NHS work closely with and listen to local people and healthcare organisations, such as hospitals and GPs, to find out what is wanted and needed to ensure high quality, continuously improving and sustainable services. The aim is to use these vital conversations to inform how healthcare should be transformed at pace and on a large scale.

The Success Regime is backed by three national organisations: the NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England and Monitor, who work to ensure that all partners are working together effectively in the interests of local patients. The Success Regime aims to have firm plans for improvement agreed by the spring of 2016. These plans will then start to be put in place over the summer. Longer term work will continue over the next five years. You can find out more about the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime by visiting www.successregimecumbria.nhs.uk

The engagement events will be held on the following dates (updated)

 

Date

Day

Town

Venue

Time

 

09/12/2015

Wednesday

Workington

The Carnegie Theatre, Finkle Street, Workington CA14 2BD

10.00 – 17:00

 

09/12/2015

Wednesday

Workington

(Weather permitting) “The Hub” (centre of shopping area) Steelman Walk, Workington CA14 1DX

10.00 – 17:00

 

11/12/2015

Friday

Carlisle

Crown and Mitre Hotel, 4 English Street, Carlisle, CA3 8HZ

10.00 – 17:00

11/12/2015

Friday

Carlisle

(Weather permitting) Outside the Old Town Hall, Greenmarket, Carlisle, Cumbria CA3 8JE

10.00 – 17:00