We had another really productive and interesting WCCF meeting on Friday 27th April. 36 members of the Forum heard from Richard Quayle, Allerdale Borough Council, about new digital innovations delivered using the “internet of things” that can cheaply help people to monitor and manage a number of tasks from a distance. Members discussed how this might help and identified supporting young carers to spend time out of the house, and family members being more aware of how elderly relatives may be managing alone at home, among a long list of other advantages.
Stephen Eames provided members with a comprehensive update on developments across the North Cumbria Health and Care System, pointing out the newly configured Joint Trust Board had met for the first time in public on Thursday 26th April. He talked about the importance of Integrated Care Communities development and Mental Health Services, but also reminded members that despite already having made very significant savings, more are required, in order to build confidence and secure further capital investment.
Professor John Howarth told members about the innovative GP Alliance Model being developed and about plans to redesign the outpatient model at West Cumberland Hospital. The ethos of co-production was evident at the meeting as the Forum goes from strength to strength very ably demonstrating the value of connecting networks with the system in this way