People of Kendal share their thoughts on health and wellbeing

People in Kendal were invited to help plan and design their health and care services at a public event on Thursday 17 March.

The event aimed to build on some of the successes Better Care Together has seen within the communities of Millom and Carnforth. Ultimately the aim is to create an Integrated Care Community (ICC) in Kendal and the surrounding area which is a team of patients and public, health and social care professionals and third sector organisations that work together to address the care needs of a community.
Dr Richard Russell, a local GP kicked off the event with an enthusiastic presentation on Better Care Together and the vision for all the ICCs.

He was then joined by Mike Conefrey from Cumbria County Council’s Public Health to describe in more detail what this could mean for Kendal and how the area compares to the national picture for health and wellbeing.

Jenny Brumby and Karen Jackson-Smith then shared the story of the Millom Alliance and how, by working with the NHS and other partners, the people of Millom have designed a health service which works for their community. The work in Millom continues to evolve with support groups being set-up and the community looking inwards for inspiration.

Dr Russell said of the event: “I was thrilled to see the room fill up to capacity, there was real passion for improving what we have in Kendal. This is the first step for the Kendal ICC, I hope that in the days that follow the message spreads across the town and surrounding areas.”

“I want to extend my thanks to Jenny and Karen from the Millom Alliance for sharing their experiences; the story is inspirational and I hope everyone in the room saw that the community can be an equal partner when it comes to health and wellbeing. We want the community to take the lead, to tell us what they want to see happen. We, the NHS and our partners, will listen and will respond.”

“The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive and we hope to be in a position to feedback fully next month.”

Attendees were asked two questions which prompted some very lively discussions:

  • What do you feel are the main health and care issues that Kendal ICC should focus on?
  • How do you feel we could work on these together?

In total approximately 55 people were at the event, with many filling out registration forms to be involved in the future of the Kendal ICC.


For those who could not attend on the day but would like to share their views or to be involved with the Kendal ICC in the future, there are a number of options available:
1. Email: mbh-tr.info-kendalicc@nhs.net
2. Call: 01539 777327