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Healthwatch Cumbria Activity Update – Nov 2015

Over the past month we have been busy around the county…

  • Care Quality Commission – Local Healthwatch Advisory Conference

Healthwatch Cumbria attended the Care Quality Commissions (CQC) local Healthwatch advisory conference held in Manchester in October along with over 40 other Healthwatch representatives from as far away as the Isle of Wight.

The purpose of the conference was to provide advice about the role of CQC as a regulator of health and social care services and in particular on its relationship with local people and local Healthwatch. Specific areas of discussion included how the CQC could build a better picture of the quality of care provided in local areas and how it should develop its strategy of health and social care regulation in the coming 5 years. The day provided an excellent opportunity for local Healthwatch representatives to exchange successful innovative engagement approaches and share examples of best service provision in their localities.

The CQC website can be found by clicking on the link below

Healthwatch staff have also been busy extending geographic and special interest networks. We have attended;

  • Cumbria Rural Health Forum

The Cumbria Rural Health Forum met in Penrith to discuss issues specific to the rural nature of the county. Presentations and discussions included; the strategy for incorporating digital technologies to help deliver better health and social care services to those in rural communities, how to address the recruitment and retention of staff providing these services and how to address issues of patient transport in the county.

Further information about the forum can be accessed by clicking the link below.

  • Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapists

Attending a meeting of the Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist provided an opportunity to learn more about their work, particularly the oxygen services that they provide. We are looking forward to meeting with their Breathe Easy groups in the New Year to learn more about their experiences of healthcare in Cumbria.

For further information about these groups click on the link below.


  • Windermere Alzheimer’s Group

We met with the Windermere Alzheimer’s dementia café group to learn more about their experiences of health and social care services in the South Lakeland and Furness area. The group begin each meeting with a short relaxation session in order to help them relax together. They then went on to explain the benefits of accessing information and peer support 24 hours a day through the Alzheimer’s Society Talking Point online forum.

To access the Talking Point forum follow the links on the Alzheimer’s society link below.

  • Cumbria Neurological Alliance

We met with Cumbria Neurological Alliance to hear initial feedback from the scoping and mapping of services in Cumbria for patients with Neurological difficulties and receive a presentation from the Specialist Care Group, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust of an integrated care pathway based on NICE recommendations.

  • Grange and Cartmel Neighbourhood Forum

Our Senior Engagement Officer based in south Cumbria gave a presentation to the Forum to raise awareness and provide details of Healthwatch engagement activity in South Lakeland

  • Age UK Barrow & District 3rd Sector Event

Healthwatch Cumbria joined many local organisations at the event held at Lakeland House to provide information to Health and Social Care practitioners and providers in the Furness District