Help shape the future health in Morecambe Bay!

The Better Care Together programme started in 2012 and now a team of experts from the University of Cumbria have been commissioned to evaluate key health initiatives within the programme.

The evaluation will take place over the next 12 months and aims to encourage staff from within Bay Health and Care Partners, as well as patients and public to have their say and get involved in developing the Better Care Together programme.

The highly experienced Health and Social Care Evaluations (HASCE) team from the University of Cumbria will be carrying out the independent evaluation.

Tom Grimwood, the evaluation lead from HASCE at the University said: “The main focus of the evaluation is to discover the ‘active ingredients’ of a new care model. Our main question is not ‘does it work?’ but rather ‘who does a programme like this work for, in what settings, and why?’ Overall, we are looking to find out how Better Care Together is working for local people and staff.”

Along with interviews and focus groups, a series of workshops will be carried out during the evaluation to encourage people to discuss how the evaluation is developing, and how it can be used to inform the programme to make the most of good practice. The first workshop is aimed at staff groups and will take place early in 2017.

It is important for as many people as possible to be involved in this evaluation process. Your views can influence change, and service improvements. If you are interested in participating in any evaluation activities, please contact: tom.grimwood@cumbria.ac.uk