ABOUT VOICE

 

We've produced an A4 pamphlet which explains the work and aims of VOICE. 

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WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH GP PRIMARY CARE IN NORTH CUMBRIA? 

The annual North Cumbria GP Conference took place on 11 October 2019 and showcased some of the development work that has been taking place in Primary Care recently.

 

See below a link to a video giving an overview of the day

A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR NHS

Voice members will take part in a "world cafe" style event at Whitehaven Golf Club on Wednesday 30 October. 

Anyone interested in health and care services in West Cumria is welcome to come along and meet local NHS managers and staff, along with other members of the West Cumbrian community.

Informal and constructive discussions are planned on changes in our local health services.  We hope to learn more about what is planned, and that the NHS learns from our experiences and knowledge of health services.  We all want to make sure that future services are the best they can be. 

Please join us, your experiences of health and care are important to help shape the services of the future.  Sessions are:

1.30pm until 3.00pm;

3.30pm until 5pm; 

6.00pm until 7.30pm

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A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR NHS

Voice members will take part in a "world cafe" style event at Whitehaven Golf Club on Wednesday 30 October. 

Anyone interested in health and care services in West Cumria is welcome to come along and meet local NHS managers and staff, along with other members of the West Cumbrian community.

Informal and constructive discussions are planned on changes in our local health services.  We hope to learn more about what is planned, and that the NHS learns from our experiences and knowledge of health services.  We all want to make sure that future services are the best they can be. 

Please join us, your experiences of health and care are important to help shape the services of the future.  Sessions are:

1.30pm until 3.00pm;

3.30pm until 5pm; 

6.00pm until 7.30pm

PREVENTING STROKES

 

We had a good day at the 2019 Distington Vintage Rally, working with volunteer pharmacists, Rotarians, Cumbria Health Partnerships officer Clare Edwards and others.  Rally-goers received free health checks and were given advice on how to avoid strokes, all part of the Community Stroke Prevention Project: Voice member Jon Ward said:

"Knowing that up to 85% of strokes could possibly be avoided, we campaigned for a stroke prevention programme in West Cumbria. This brought together a partnership that is providing simple tests for stroke risk factors that can be treated. Three pharmacies in the area are offering free drop-in testing and the Project will have stands at local events this summer. Just look out for the Rotary Club/Healthwatch stand”

WEST CUMBRIA KEEPS CONSULTANT-LED MATERNITY SERVICES

On 3 July 2019 the North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body decided that Consultant-led maternity services should stay at West Cumberland Hospital.  Jan den Bak, Chair of West Cumbrians' Voice for Healthcare said:

"We are relieved and delighted at this decision which follows years of hard work and struggle by community members and by hospital staff and management.  What began as a battle between the NHS and our community has developed into a working relationship to plan good health services here.  It's not perfect and there are always likely to be tensions. But this is an excellent start and we hope gives us a foundation to work together to overcome future hurdles."

You don't need to be an expert to join us.  If you want to know more please email us (link below) with your telephone number and we will call you back.

Alternatively come along to the next Working Together meeting on Wednesday 17 July at 6pm until 8pm at the Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington CA14 5HA.

Or find us at the Distington Vintage Rally on Sunday 7 July. We will be on the Rotary Club stand where you can get a free health check and talk to us and others involved in the Copeland Community Health Project. This new project is bringing together people from across Copeland - members of the public, community representatives, charities, and the health sector - all determined to help prevent strokes happening to our friends, neighbours, family members, and ourselves. 

BUILDING HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS - PREVENTING STROKES

 

A Copeland community project to reduce the number of people suffering from strokes is under way.

High blood pressure and atrial fibrillation (an irregular and often abnormally fast heart rate) are known to significantly increase your chance of having a stroke, but they can be treated relatively easily. 

See what is happening and how you can have a free health check at the

Distington Vintage Rally on Sunday July 7 

CO-PRODUCTION. HOW'S IT GOING?

 

Co-production was set up in the North Cumbria health area following the 2016-17 Healthcare For The Future consultation. The aim was for community members to work together with the NHS to jointly design good quality health and care services.

As community members who have been heavily involved we set out our views on how it is working. We hope this can form a useful basis for discussion on what successes can be shared and what improvements can be made

BE INVOLVED IN SHAPING FUTURE HEALTH AND CARE SERVICES

 

Healthcare in Cumbria is changing. Do you want to know what's happening? give your opinions? help to shape the future? 

By joining the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust you will receive news and updates and be invited to meetings.  It's free and you decide just how much you want to become involved

NEW WEBSITE:

WEST NORTH AND EAST CUMBRIA MATERNITY VOICES PARTNERSHIP

A team of volunteers who work alongside health professionals to make sure the voices of local Mum's and families are heard in maternity services. Their new website gives lots of information and tells you how you can join them

N E W !          NORTH CUMBRIA HEALTH AND CARE WEBSITE

The North Cumbria integrated Health and Care system brings together all the NHS organisations in west, north and east Cumbria. They are developing a joined-up system for health and care in our area.  Watch their new website to see who's involved, what progress is being made and, if you wish, to get involved

STROKE SERVICES 

 

The first Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit in Cumbria is being planned - a welcome move. 

However the HASU will be in Carlisle and patients in the south of our area will have to travel  50-60 miles for treatment, with journey times well outside nationally recommended times. 

The Clinical Commissioning Group explains why they are doing this here.

Voice believes that much more can be done.

MP RAISES FEARS FOR STROKE PATIENTS 

On 23 April 2018 Workington MP Sue Hayman asked Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to halt plans to centralise acute stroke services for Cumbria in Carlisle. This follows an admission by a senior consultant that the additional travel time of an hour or more for patients living in West Cumbria means that some people may not get life-saving treatment within the recognised four-hour 'window' for stroke victims

CUMBRIA COMMISSIONING GROUP AND HOSPITALS PARTNERSHIP TRUST JOIN UP

On 26 April 2018, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will have their first joint public board meeting at 1.30pm to 4.30pm in the Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle.  The Trusts are establishing ways of working more closely together to deliver services. All board meetings are open to the public who will have the opportunity to raise questions about items on the agenda when indicated by the Chair.

More information can be seen here

ONE YEAR TESTING OF MATERNITY SERVICES IN WHITEHAVEN BEGINS

 

From April 2018 to April 2019 the NHS will test whether consultant-led maternity services at our hospital in Whitehaven can work safely to the satisfaction of health regulators

An Independent Review Group has been set up to monitor the process

The Care Quality Commission regulates health and care services in the UK. Their independence is important but it is also important that they work with the health and care sector to find innovative solutions which meet the needs of remote communities like ours

HELP TO SHAPE OUR SERVICES 

You can help to shape maternity and other health services here - and keep a watch on decisions being made and the reasons behind them.  How will it all work? What won't work? How can it be made better? 

Working Together needs the valuable contribution of people who have experience of health and care services, whether for themselves, their families, or those they care for

See more by clicking on the image

#HelloMyNameIs....

Inspiring words from Chris Pointon on his Cumbrian tour. He talks about his wife's amazing legacy. Not only the global reach of their social media campaign, but also the Kate Granger Scholarship and the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards.

Near the end of the video Ella Cullen is seen talking to the group. Ella is a tireless campaigner for health and care services in Cumbria, President of the Cumbrian branch of the Royal College of Nursing and, we're very proud to say, an active member of VOICE

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