News from Cumbria Action for Health

The latest news from Jozi Brown, Senior Engagement Officer at Cumbria CVS

Date of the next Cumbria Action for Health Network meeting
10 March 2015
CREA, Penrith
1pm to 4pm
I’ll send an agenda and booking details out nearer the time but please put the date in your diary if you’d like to attend. Agenda items so far include…

• Peter Woodhouse (County Manager for Adult Social Care Commissioning, Cumbria County Council)
Market position statement in relation to a range of social care services

• Mark Barrett (Armed Forces Engagement Officer, The Veterans Council)
Support for military veterans in Cumbria and the AFCOM (Armed Forces Community) Directory

• John Howarth (Director of Service Improvement, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust)
Developing Primary Care Communities

North West Ambulance Patient Transport Service
(message from Lorrainne Smyth at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria)
You may be aware that ACT have been undertaking some work on the North West Ambulance Patient Transport Service – specifically for rural people. Blackpool CCG who procure the service on behalf of Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (and 32 other CCG’s in the north west) are offering an opportunity to take part in pre commissioning discussions. There are currently four ways to participate:

1. Respond directly to Hadrian Collier the Blackpool CCG Engagement Manager through the questionnaire he has designed on Survey Monkey or his email address below: or Hadrian Collier (NHS BLACKPOOL CCG) :

2. Send in to me [Lorrainne] any experiences you or your clients have of using the NWAS Patient Transport Service. I am looking for patient stories, but these should include names or contact details. A short paragraph that states:

a. Why the patient transport service was needed
b. What was good or bad about the experience
c. What improvement (if any) would the user want to improve the service.

These stories should be returned by the 20th of February, either by email: or by post: ACT Offices, Unit O – Q Skirsgill Business Park, Penrith, CA11 0DT. I will share these stories with Hadrian on the 24th February when he comes up to Cumbria.

3. If you would like to discuss a number of the Patient experiences you have collected face to face with Hadrian, then please do get in touch with me. I have a couple of organisations already involved, and there are opportunities for more to participate in this morning session. Probably 9.30 – 12.30 on the 24th February in Penrith

4. The afternoon session, 2 – 5pm will be a discussion about rural patients accessing health services in Cumbria. This will be a strategic discussion about the challenges and opportunities for change. These changes are unlikely to make it into the next procurement, but may be used to affect the service as it is delivered in the next contract.

These discussions will all take place on the 24th February at ACT’s offices in Penrith. You can find a map of our location on our website :
Any thoughts on any of this do please give me a ring on 01228 – 817224. I am often not there, so you can leave a message and I will get back to you.
Lorrainne Smyth (Chief Executive, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria) Tel: 01228 817224

NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body Meeting
Wednesday 4 February 2015
1 – 5pm
Agenda items include the ‘Eden Keep Well Project’, 111 procurement and the Equality & Diversity Strategy. The meeting is open to the public between 1 – 3.40pm.
Web link to the agenda and supporting papers:

Two new schemes are now available in Maryport to help frail older people to stay well.
One involves a team of health and care professionals who are providing full health checks for people over the age of 75 and the other involves a team working with people, again over 75, who are most at risk of a fall.

The first scheme involves GPs and other health and care professionals identifying older patients who might benefit from extra care. Patients are then invited to a new clinic, which is run once a week at Maryport Community Hospital. Arrangements are also in place to visit less mobile patients in their own homes or in their care homes for the checks.
The team includes a GP and a senior practice nurse who are supported by colleagues working in district nursing and rehabilitation teams as well as social care. It is hoped that it may be possible to extend the scheme to include a consultant with expertise in caring for older people.

The second scheme is a six month pilot aimed at identifying older people at risk of falls because of their medications or existing health conditions. It is linked to the existing rehabilitation and physiotherapy service.

Dr Niall McGreevy, lead GP for Allerdale locality, which is part of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “One of our priorities is to provide better support for frail older people to help them to stay well and as independent as possible. Both of these schemes will identify older people who may need a little more support from health and care services to reduce the risk of them becoming unwell or their condition deteriorating. By doing this we hope to provide better care for frail older people and, in doing so, reduce avoidable hospital admissions. These schemes are part of an ongoing programme, called together for a healthier future, to provide more services closer to where people live, to help people to stay well and to reduce dependence on hospital services.

It is being led by NHS Cumbria CCG who are working closely with health and care organisations across North Cumbria.
For more information please contact Mark McAdam, Communications and Engagement Manager, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Unit, on (01768) 245490 or email

Mental Capacity Act (Level 1) – Last Few Places Available!!
Wednesday 11 February 2015
10am – 12.30pm
Penrith Rugby Club, Winters Park Penrith CA11 8RG
The Mental Capacity Act which provides a framework to empower and protect people who may lack capacity to make some decisions for themselves.

Join Cumbria CVS and Paul O’Donnell at this essential training session, which will:

• List and understand the basic principles of the Act and why we need them
• Identify how people make decisions and the decisions that they need to make
• Demonstrate knowledge of how to assess/judge if someone has the capacity to make a particular decision
• Show that they understand how to make a ‘best interests’ decision for someone who lacks capacity
• Apply the above to their place of work

FREE to CVS member organisations or £10 per person for non member organisations.
To Book: Book online at or complete and return a booking form with appropriate payment to or Cumbria CVS, 6 Hobson Court, Gillan Way, Penrith CA11 9GQ

West Cumbria (CVS) Local Forum
Thursday 12 March 2015
Cumbria CVS, 12a Selby Terrace, Maryport, CA15 6NF
10am – 12 noon
Topics for discussion include:
• The Building Better Opportunities programme – a jointly funded programme between BIG Lottery and the European Social Fund which is aimed at supporting people who are furthest from employment and who experience some of the most extreme disadvantage in Cumbria
• Changes within the Cumbria County Council Area Support Teams and changes to budgets.
• Role of Allerdale Health and Wellbeing Forum and recruitment of a third sector representative

If you would like to attend the Local Forum please let Bridget Johns know by 6th March 2015 via email:

Funds are potentially available to Third Sector Organisations in Cumbria that deliver services that support out of hospital care, community health and wellbeing
Funds can be accessed to support apprenticeships as a development pathway to up-skill your existing staff without a recognised level 2 or 3 job relevant qualification, or in the recruitment of new staff. Funding subsidies are available for all ages, with additional incentives for 16-23yr olds.

Lancashire Women’s Centres and Health Education North West are working together in the development of an exciting new project to support Third Sector Organisations to invest in and develop your workforce capacity and capability. This is part of a wider NHS Workforce Transformation, details of which are here

The aim of this short introductory questionnaire is to establish demand and capacity throughout our sector’s workforce in the North West.
Your input will provide us with a baseline to begin to develop a sector specific programme.
Web link to the questionnaire

Redesigning health and social care
‘Redesigning health and social care: challenges and opportunities from an IT and digital perspective’ is a 22 page document written for senior policy and decision-makers across these and related sectors. It provides a high-level, illustrated guide to recent and forthcoming reforms, including the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the Care Act 2014, and sets out some of the consequences, especially for IT and digital policy and activity. The summary applies specifically to England in terms of the new legislation and policies, although the underlying issues relate to the whole of the UK.

You can download the document here (warning for anyone with a slow internet connection – it’s pretty big!)

Jozi Brown
Senior Engagement Officer
Cumbria CVS