South Cumbria staff showcase their services

Andrew Bennett with Team Leader, Kendal District Nursing TeamA Lancashire NHS Chief crossed the Cumbrian border last week (Friday 24th July) to visit our staff and find out more about the new out of hospital care models in the South of the county.

NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Officer, Andrew Bennett, visited Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CPFT) district nursing, physiotherapy and respiratory team frontline staff in South Lakes.

During his visit, Mr Bennett got the opportunity to find out how the Trust is delivering care to patients in a community setting. One of the aims of the Better Care Together Programme, of which CPFT are a key partner, is to reduce hospital attendance and ensure best use is made of services by providing care closer to home.

Karen Donaldson, Clinical Lead & Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist, said: “It was great to be able to speak with Andrew Bennett, he seemed genuinely interested in our experiences and awareness of Better Care Together. We discussed our team’s involvement in the ongoing Respiratory Pathway redesign aspect of Better Care Together and also had the opportunity to discuss with him our thoughts on the potential barriers and challenges of trying to improve the standard of respiratory care and health outcomes across the wider health care system.”

Andrew Bennett said: “The visit provided me with a great opportunity to meet staff from one of the Better Care Together partner organisations. It is very clear that the staff I spoke to are dedicated and keen to improve care for our patients and that this programme provides an opportunity for them to do so.”