Success Regime engagement dates

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime is launching the next phase of its engagement programme which will involve public and staff engagement meetings and will include a Healthwatch vehicle that visits communities across Cumbria - including some of the most remote communities – to engage the public in discussions about the future of healthcare in this area.

The first venues the Healthwatch vehicle will be visiting include:

  • Old Town Hall, Scotch Street, Carlisle – 22 January – 10am to noon
  • Sainsburys Supermarket, Caldewgate, Carlisle – 22 January – 1pm to 3pm
  • Distington Community Centre, Church Road, Distington – 27 January – 9.30am to 10.30am
  • The Coop Supermarket, 42 Main Street, Egremont – 27 January – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Sainsburys Supermarket, 1 Common Garden Square, Penrith – 28 January – 1pm to 4.30pm
  • Silloth Community Hall, Petteril Street Silloth – 29 January – 10am to 2pm
  • The Hub, Steelmens Walk, Workington – 30 January – 10am to 2pm

The dates for public meetings and future Healthwatch vehicle venues are currently being finalised and will be publicised as soon as they are fixed.

On Tuesday 2nd February 2016 Sir Neil McKay, the chair of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime programme board will hold a media briefing to update the public on progress to date.  This will help ensure that during February and March the public, along with local health and care staff, can help shape emerging thinking before the development of a draft clinical strategy in early April.

Sir Neil McKay, the chair of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime programme board, said: “public and staff engagement is an important way of ensuring that the work being undertaken by our clinician-led work groups is fully informed by the views of those who receive health services and by those who work in the NHS.”

The Success Regime is making significant progress on a number of fronts including:

  • The development of an ambitious vision for the future which sees West, North and East Cumbria becoming a centre of international excellence for integrated health and care provision for rural, remote and dispersed communities.
  • The development of integrated care communities – locally based, multiagency/professional teams managing care proactively to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to enable the speedier discharge of patients once they are ready to be discharged.
  • Progress on the idea of developing single clinical teams across the health system.
  • The development of academic initiatives to support rural medicine and primary care.
  • The development of a new medical school by the University of Central Lancashire which would help support clinical recruitment locally.
  • The development of arrangements with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as selected provider, to help enhance and reinforce specialised oncology in Cumbria including radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

The Success Regime was established in part because the local health system regularly fails to achieve the key waiting time requirements in A&E, cancer and diagnostics and following a Care Quality Commission report which rated North Cumbria Acute Hospitals Trust (NCUHT) as ‘requires improvement’, with general medical services in West Cumberland Hospital rated ‘inadequate’.  The CQC has indicated that NCUHT should remain in special measures until its future is satisfactorily resolved.

The Success Regime began work in September 2015 and is working to a timetable set by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  The Success Regime is required to deliver:

  • a draft, sustainable clinical strategy for services provided by North Cumbria Hospitals by April 2016
  • a plan for the future organisation and management of acute services which is agreed and starts to be implemented by September 2016.

It is important to note, however, that the work of the Success Regime covers not just acute hospital services but community services and mental health services too.

The Success Regime is fully committed to ensuring that hospital-based health care along with community and mental health services are retained and developed where they are needed and it will clearly explain any proposals for service changes and improvements that may be made in the future.

The main work of the Success Regime involves a number of work groups each focusing on a specific area of challenge.  These groups are looking at how care is currently provided and how it might be delivered in the future.  Key themes include urgent care, maternity services, children's services, elective surgery, mental health and primary care.  The Success Regime is also working to find ways of improving patient transport; recruiting more staff and stabilising the financial position.  These groups are all working to improve quality of care, the experience of patients, clinical outcomes and patient safety.