Partnership working is recognised at an international health conference

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) Deputy CEO Professor John Howarth, NHS North West Leadership Academy Deputy Director and Clinical Lead Kay Worsley-Cox  and Rachel Fleming,  Clinical Programme Manager from Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC) have been named as a runners up out of 700 presentation papers at the International Conference on Integrated Care.

Professor Howarth and Kay Worsley-Cox took to the stage to present about the community led integration work in Millom, which resulted in the pair achieving the overall runner up conference prize for best conference paper and presentation.

Professor Howarth said: “Within Millom there is a unique partnership between all providers known as the Millom Alliance and the secret to the success of this work is the group themselves and the local community involvement.

“This alliance is aimed at significantly delivering improved care in Millom to assist with fewer hospital admissions, fewer A&E and out-patient attendances and fewer patients having to travel for medical needs. The local community are an equal partner in the Alliance and are represented by the Millom Action Group, who have played a huge part in improving and implementing local healthcare initiatives and communicating key health messages within the area.

“I would like to pay tribute to the Millom Health Action Group and local health teams – without their input none of this work would have been possible.”

Kay Worsley-Cox said: “Excellent leadership of such innovative work is crucial; we were delighted to provide leadership expertise and support the leadership development for those working in and around this important work.”

Rachel Fleming adds: “CLIC has been thrilled to be involved in this work to understand what makes integration work well. We have gathered the evidence and are using the learning regularly with leaders and staff across health and care in Cumbria in order to improve how we work together for our communities. It is really encouraging to be recognised in this way.”

The conference saw researchers, clinicians and managers from around the world come together to share their expertise on the design and delivery of integrated health and social care. Experts presented and shared the latest evidence about how integrating public health and health and social care can be best invested in for positive outcomes.

The conference, held in Dublin attracted over 1200 attendees from over 60 countries and there was 700 conference papers and presentations submitted for the event.