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At a recent meeting, the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime was asked a series of questions by the West Cumbria Community Forum. These questions and their answers are set out below.

Representatives from the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime met with stakeholders in July and August across Cumbria to update them about the progress that has been made.

The Cumbria Success Regime and its health community partners have decided to extend the current period of engagement on emerging ideas for the future of healthcare in West, North and East Cumbria.

Due to our first public meeting in Keswick being oversubscribed, the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime is delighted to announce that a second meeting will take place this Thursday (12 May) at 6:30pm.

Due to the local Police and Crime Commissioner election taking place later this week we have had to move the venue for the NHS Success Regime public engagement meeting in Whitehaven this Wednesday evening (4th May 2016).

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has published the response document it sent to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the end of March.  Sir Neil McKay, the Chair of the Success Regime Programme Board said, “I believe this document gives the CQC the reassurance it needs to take North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) out of Special Measures.”

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has announced a series of public meetings to engage local communities in discussions about the future of healthcare services in the county.

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has today published a document detailing some of the facts and figures behind the challenges faced by the local health community.

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has unveiled an emerging vision that sees the area becoming an international centre of excellence for integrated health and social care provision in rural, remote and dispersed communities.

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has announced further dates in its programme of engagement activity.

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 Co-op Supermarket, 42 Main Street, Egremont – 27 January – 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • Sainsbury's 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.

Success Regime Medical Director Dr Stephen Singleton with member of public

More than 450 people have shared their views on health and care in their local area of the county during a series of listening events, facilitated by independent consumer champion for health and social care Healthwatch Cumbria at the request of the local NHS.

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Two healthcare listening events will be held this week to give Cumbrians their say in how health and care services could be improved in the West, North and East of the county.

A series of healthcare listening events are being facilitated by Healthwatch at the request of the NHS in West, North and East Cumbria. This is because the local NHS wants to hear the thoughts of people who live in the area on health and care services in West, North and East Cumbria and what improvements they would like to see.

An independent review of maternity services was commissioned from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), during autumn 2015 by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Lancashire North CCG. (RCOG is the professional body for clinical staff working in maternity and related services.)

This was against a longstanding background of difficulties in ensuring safe and sustainable maternity services across Cumbria and North Lancashire. The purpose was to provide independent and expert advice on the best way to arrange maternity services in the future.

The Success Regime Programme in West, North and East Cumbria is seeking to transform local healthcare and wants to hear from as many people as possible to help shape a shared vision for future services.

Launched today is a new website for the West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime. The site – www.successregimecumbria.nhs.uk - contains a range of information including details of the programme background and aims, news, publications, engagement events and activities, and ways of feeding back views and comments. People can also use the on-line contact form to subscribe to email updates and register their interest in becoming more actively involved. Additional content will be added to the website as the programme develops.

Leaders and representatives from health and care organisations and local community and patient groups will attend an inaugural stakeholder meeting on Friday 18th September, to mark the beginning of the new Success Regime Programme in North Cumbria.

Announced by the Secretary of State in June 2015, the Success Regime is a national initiative designed to support the most challenged health and care systems across the country. With long-term difficulties in recruiting permanently to key clinical posts, a history of financial challenges, and the need to improve the quality of services across the area, North Cumbria has been selected nationally, along with Essex, and North, East and West Devon, to take part in the Regime.