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Recent MembersNet meeting highlights the importance of a population health approach

Members of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) recently had the opportunity to ask the Trust Board how the future of healthcare in Cumbria may look.

Dr John Howarth, Director of Service Improvement, introduced the members to the concept of a ‘population health approach’ which suggests that every member of society has a role to play in improving their healthcare both in primary and secondary care settings. In order to achieve this there are plans to develop seven primary care communities across South Cumbria.

Dr John Howarth said:

“Primary Care Communities are where health and social care partners come together to deliver both care for the individual and a highly organised approach to improve the population’s health. Built up from GP practice lists they will become the building blocks of care delivery in Cumbria”

One of the first Primary Care Communities is within Millom where a number of organisations including the community are working together as the Millom Alliance to develop better health care services within and around the town. This is a great example successful partnership working to improve healthcare services within an isolated area of Cumbria.

There was also an opportunity for members to meet and engage with local governors and to find out more about the Trusts services.