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Improvements Proposed to Quality Governance

Proposals to improve the way that quality is governed by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have been developed.

The changes have been proposed after a number of internal and external reviews have shown that our current structures and processes are not as effective as they should be. The Trust is also facing an increasing number of challenges, such as increased demand on services from an ageing population presenting with more complex needs and increased financial pressure.
The improvements will see clinical leadership strengthened and organising our leadership around the services that we deliver. Our services will be based in four care groups:

  • Mental Health Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Specialist Services
  • Children and Families

Dr Alan Swann, Interim Medical Director said, “These proposals are about putting Clinicians in Control of decisions about patient care by strengthening our clinical leadership so that services are run by experts in their field. We are also changing our systems and processes so that it will be easier for staff to make changes for the benefit of their patients at the frontline.
It will allow our clinical services to create clear and consistent standards and improved outcomes for our patients across the County. It will allow also us to provide more joined up care and ultimately improve patient satisfaction and confidence

Claire Molloy, Chief Executive said,
“While I am absolutely committed to putting clinicians in control of services, it is really important that we keep a local focus on how we deliver services. Local arrangements have been built into our plans so that we can still work with our health and social care partners on the ground to provide the best possible experience for our patients. This is one part of a number of actions we are taking to improve quality, transform our services and the culture of the organisation in the coming months.”

The proposals are currently subject to staff consultation and are therefore subject to change once the consultation has ended.