News from Cumbria Action for Health

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

Cumbria Action for Health Network Conference
Wednesday 26 November 2014

9.30am (for a 10am start) – 3.30pm (including a networking lunch)
Rheged, Redhills, Penrith CA11 ODQ
The morning session will bring together art, culture, health and care organisations to explore how art and culture can benefit our health and wellbeing. New Economics Foundation will talk about the work they are undertaking to promote the role of art and culture within health and care and Cumbria County Council will provide an update on personalisation and brokerage work. There will also be presentations from local art and culture organisations working in health and care.

The afternoon session will be an opportunity to find out about The Cumbria Rural Health Network’s Telemedicine project, the recent Patient Transport Survey and the future of Adult Social Care and Public Health in Cumbria. There will be limited display space available for third sector organisations working in art, culture, health and care to share information about the work they do, and increase awareness of their projects. This event is Free and open to all.
Book now to secure your place (and your display space):
Complete and return a booking form by Tuesday 18 November 2014 to:
Cumbria CVS, 6 Hobson Court, Gillan Way, Penrith CA11 9GQ
Call 01768 800350
You can find out more about the Cumbria Action for Health at

Representation of health, care and wellbeing organisations on the Cumbria Third Sector Executive
As you may be aware, the Cumbria Third Sector Executive provides a focus for representation, lobbying and leadership for Cumbria’s third sector.
It is made up of a representative from each of the specialist networks, and has the ability to co-opt additional members who have a significant representation of leadership role in Cumbria’s third sector.

The Cumbria Action for Health Network is the overarching network for health, care and wellbeing. And like many of the other specialist networks, members may be part of smaller, more focused networks such as Mental Health Provider Forum, Carers Associations, etc. Due to the high proportion of third sector organisations working in health, care and wellbeing in Cumbria we have three representative places on the Executive. Currently these representative roles are:

  • Ageing/Older People
  • Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Substance Misuse
  • General (taken up by the Chair of the Cumbria Action for Health Network)

This structure has been in place for around 5 years and as a two of the representative roles are currently vacant we feel it’s an appropriate time for a review.

The Cumbria Action for Health Network has 450 members with a diverse range of interests including mental health, emotional wellbeing, Carers support, respite care services, counselling services, learning disabilities, autism, substance and alcohol misuse, military veterans, older people, cancer support groups, long term conditions, emergency response groups, neurological support groups, family and maternity support, community based health/prevention projects, patient transport, palliative care, day support services, League of Friends groups, organisations providing support for people who have sight loss, deafness, and disabilities to name a few.

Whilst it is not practical to have a representative for every area of interest, our priority is to ensure that there are channels for all areas (within health, care and wellbeing) to be represented on the Executive. Our proposal is that the three representatives (one of those representative being the Chair of the network) have a broadened ‘portfolio’ of interests. This would mean that they are not required to be specialists in all of the areas covered by the network but that they are identified as being the main points of contact for network members, for specific areas of work. The additional benefit of this is that information from smaller, specialised networks could be fed into (and from) the Cumbria Third Sector Executive through these channels/ representatives, supported by the Cumbria Action for Health Network.

Representatives are required to have a good level of knowledge in health, care and wellbeing and appropriate personal skills for the role (this is a requirement for all representatives on the Third Sector Executive) and will be elected through the Cumbria Action for Health Network.

Please let me know if you support this proposal, or indeed if you have any objections or alternative ideas by the 4 December 2014.
You can find out more about the role of the Third Sector Executive, minutes etc online at

Cumbria County Council Budget Consultation Event – Disability
Cumbria County Council is consulting on its 2015-16 budget, that will be taken to Council in February 2015. The public are being given the opportunity to provide feedback on 13 proposals. In order to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010), the Council has arranged a disability consultation event, supported by Cumbria CVS.
This event will take place on Monday 1 December 2014 at Penrith Rugby Club from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. It is aimed solely at disability organisations and people who use services, with the aim of looking at the proposals from a disability perspective. Refreshments only will be provided.

The session will be Chaired by Cllr. Patricia Bell, Deputy Leader of the Council, and supported by Joel Rasbash, from the Council’s Policy Team, who leads on Equality.
All travel will be reimbursed by the Council and the Council will do what it can to meet any access requirements to enable people to attend the event.
Booking form attached. Please complete and return via email to

Cumbria Mental Health Provider Forum
A reminder – the next meeting is on the 12 November at Voreda House, Penrith from 11.15am to 1pm.
Please let me know if you’d like to attend.

Healthwatch Cumbria – Car Parking Survey
Healthwatch Cumbria is conducting a survey into hospital car parking at the West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary. If you have had experience of parking at either of these hospitals we would really appreciate you taking the time to complete a short survey (maximum 10 questions).
The survey can be found here:
The results of this survey will then be fed back to the service providers, commissioners and regulators as appropriate, they will also be available to view on our website in due course.

Two Cumbrian GPS recognised as top innovators by national health service journal
Two GPs from Cumbria are celebrating after being included in the top 50 greatest innovators in the NHS published by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) for their work to improve outcomes for patients.
Dr William Lumb based at Sedbergh Medical Practice is also the Chief Clinical Information Officer for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and has been included in the HSJ’s top 50 for his work on improving IT and the use of technology across Cumbria.

He is currently leading a number of projects including one called STRATA that has been developed to provide a common IT platform for all the providers in Cumbria to use. It is currently the largest virtual programme in the NHS and allows NHS organisations, Cumbria County Council and the Third Sector to communicate online enabling a patient pathway from health through to social care to be planned. The judges commented that Dr Lumb is leading from the front on the use of data and getting things done.

Dr Lumb said: “I am a firm believer that technology can really make a difference in improving patient care. I am currently working on a number of projects to improve the use of technology that will ultimately be a benefit to patients. We are leading the way in Cumbria and it is something that should be celebrated. I am very pleased that the work already achieved so far has been acknowledged and I am looking forward to driving forward the integration of STRATA and other systems across all the organisations in Cumbria.”

Dr Muhammed Farhan Amin of Burnett Edgar Medical Centre on Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness was also included in the top 50 innovators as he is the founder of Patient Memoirs. Dr Amin has developed the online community that helps patients help each other understand their health conditions and develop ways of living a happy, healthier life. Patients are invited to video and share their health stories to support and motivate others going through the same experience. The aim of Patient Memoirs is to encourage people to educate each other that will empower them in leading a healthy and happy life. The judges commented that the work Dr Amin is doing is really interesting and ground breaking and he is really out there on the edge.

Commenting on why he thinks Patient Memoirs has been so successful, Dr Amin said: “I believe that every patient has a unique life story which can inspire us all. The website allows patients around the world to share their life stories with their fellow patients via videos. Evidence indicates that empowering patients to discuss their conditions, problems and solutions with their peers has positive effects on their quality of life and I believe that this approach also has therapeutic benefits.”

For more information about Patient Memoirs check out
The HSJ’s Top Innovators in the NHS celebrates 50 great examples of innovation, from people who have had a light bulb moment through to those whose work over many years has revolutionised how challenges in healthcare have been tackled. Further details and the full list of top 50 innovators in the NHS can be found on the website at

Management Committee Trustee Vacancy at Croftlands Trust
Croftlands Trust is looking for a Trustee who shares their values and ethos to join their team on the governing Management Committee and who can bring their experience and/or professional background to the strategic direction and operational governance of this important field of work across Cumbria. The Croftlands Trust is a registered charity providing residential, housing and care support to vulnerable adults experiencing mental health issues in their lives and operates across the whole of Cumbria.

The commitment is expected to be attendance at around 12 meetings a year including strategic away days/sub-committees, and to join in service visits as available. Travel and out of pocket expenses are payable, but the post is not remunerated. For further information and informal discussion please contact Managing Director Sonia Mangan 01228 592325 or visit the website on
Trustee recruitment information packs are available on our website and hard copies can be requested from Jane Holliday on 01228 592325 or email:
The closing date for returning your completed C.V and Statement of Interest will be: Friday 28 November 2014 to email address
Interviews to be held week commencing 8th December 2014 (detail to be provided).

Jozi Brown
Senior Engagement Officer
Cumbria CVS
01768 800350