I’m a retired GP who has worked in West Cumbria for more years than I care to remember and so, like many, I’m concerned about how the health system is working where I live. A few of us got together to see what we could do to make sure that all of us in West Cumbria are able to get good health and care services. We set up West Cumbrian's VOICE for Healthcare in autumn 2015 to use our links and experience in the NHS, in voluntary groups and in our communities to make sure that the people of West Cumbria are heard by those who make the important decisions which will affect the lives of everyone here.
On January 7 2015 VOICE had probably our most informative and hopeful meeting so far. Stephen Singleton is Medical Director of the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime which is developing plans to improve health and care services here. Stephen was open and constructive. He told us how the Success regime's ideas were developing for integrated health and care services. He also acknowledged that this would be a long and difficult road to travel, talking about a transformation that would take at least three to five years.
Stephen challenged us to help to involve the people of West Cumbria. We in VOICE believe that the people of West Cumbria have a real opportunity now to contribute to an improved and sustainable health and care service.
Stephen is keen to meet with more people to talk about the Success Regime's thinking and take on board your ideas and concerns. We believe that what Stephen has to say is important and that it is important that he hears what you have to say. We haven't a date or place arranged for this meeting yet but if you would like to express an interest in attending please go to the CONTACT US link on our home page, add your name and email address and put Success Regime in the subject area.
We also learned this week that Stephen Eames is replacing Ann Farrar as Chief Executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust. Stephen is currently Chief Executive of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust and his role with North Cumbria is an interim position for one year beginning on 11 January 2016. During that year he will run both the Mid Yorkshire and the North Cumbria Trusts. There are links to the North Cumbria Trust announcement and a news article in our News page.
We look forward to meeting you soon. Best wishes for a happy and healthy 2016