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Healthwatch Cumbria Activity Update – Oct 2015

NWAS Health Fayre:
The team attended the North West Ambulance Services AGM & Health Fair at University of Central Lancashire in Ambleside. Members of the public and NWAS staff had an opportunity to hear about the successes and achievements that NWAS have made over the past year. We had some interesting conversations with members of the public about their views and experiences of services across the county. We even had an opportunity to have our photo taken with “Pandamedic” the NWAS mascot and to try our hand at CPR.

Action for Health Network Meeting:
Healthwatch attended the Action for Health Network meeting at CREA in Penrith along with many statutory and 3rd sector organisation representatives.

There were some lively round the table discussions about what Cumbria’s Health & Social Wellbeing system should look like. The meeting was led by Colin Cox, Director for Public Health for Cumbria County Council.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust AGM:
Healthwatch attended the CPFT Annual General Meeting at Rheged in Penrith where the Trust presented their Annual Report highlighting the improvements and achievements made over the past year and what improvements the Trust feels need to be made and built on in the coming year.

We enjoyed watching a performance of ‘SICK’ by the Beggars Theatre Group. SICK is an interactive performance that aims to educate young children about how to use the NHS services effectively. Queen Katherine primary school were invited along to take part in the production and by the end of the performance the whole audience was joining in!

South Lakes Alzheimer’s Dementia Forum Meeting:

Robin and Sue attended the South Lakes meeting at Carus Green Golf Club in Burneside, Kendal. The forum provides a great way of communicating national and local initiatives used to convey positive messages about dementia.

We had some interesting round table discussions with service users and providers and as a result have been invited to meet and talk about Healthwatch to the Alzheimer’s Society at their next dementia cafes in Kendal and Windermere.

Maternity Matters
HWC attended the ‘Maternity Matters in Morecambe Bay’ event held at Barrow Town Hall. This was an opportunity for women and their families to provide feedback on their experiences of maternity service provision. Centred around the themes: Health and wellbeing before pregnancy, antenatal care and support during pregnancy, care and support during birth and care and support after birth, the aim was to look at what was good and working well and to consider anything that could be improved or changed.

Health & Wellbeing Forums
HWC attended the South Lakeland Health and Well Being Forum and gave a presentation about the role of Healthwatch, its statutory functions, engagement activities, trends and themes emerging in South Lakeland and Projects that HWC has been involved in.

New HWC Team Member in South Cumbria
Oliver Pearson, newly appointed Senior Engagement Officer has been attending several events in the South of the county including:

Norwood Surgery: Healthwatch was invited to meet with the Patient Participation Group from the Norwood Surgery in Barrow, to talk about the role of Healthwatch. It was good to meet the group which was also attended by one of the GP’s from the surgery.

Barrow Library Drop–In: It was nice to see those who had come to visit us at the library drop-in in Barrow this month, to share your experiences/views of health and social care services with us. We would like to thank those who have used this opportunity to invite us to their groups to learn more about the role of Healthwatch. We look forward to seeing you over the coming months.

If you would like to invite us to talk to a group that you are involved with in the Furness area then please give us a call on 01229 811278 or come and visit us at our next Barrow drop-in on 6/10/15.

Disability Organisation Event – Barrow: Healthwatch attended the Disability Organisation Event in the Forum in Barrow. It was good to see so many people taking the time to attend and sharing views/experiences with us.

Based at our Barrow Office (12 Duke Street, Barrow in Furness, LA14 1LF) Oliver can be contacted on 01229 811278 or email: oliver.pearson@healthwatchcumbria.co.uk. Oliver would be pleased to hear from people interested in becoming volunteer representatives in the Furness and South Lakeland area.