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Co-Production and the Working Together Steering Group

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'Co-production' - What is it? How is it working?

Co-production is working together. We know the NHS doesn’t have all the answers and we want to harness the energy, ideas and enthusiasm of our community to help us tackle the issues that are challenging our services. Services are better when the voice of the patient, the community and the staff help shape the delivery of our health and care.

After the Healthcare For The Future consultation, health leaders promised to work with our communities to implement changes and improve and develop our services. It is open to everyone who cares about our services and wants to work constructively to develop them.

We are learning as we go about effective ‘working together’ and will share best practice as it develops.

Click here to read the Terms of Reference and the Success Criteria for the Working Together Steering Group|.

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 Areas of focus

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Three community alliances have been established in Alston, Maryport and Wigton to develop alternative health service plans when community beds are closed there. We will work with communities around other cottage hospitals too. Our plans have been shaped by sitting around a table, talking and planning together.
This is the group supporting our work to try and make Option 1 for maternity and paediatrics a reality – that’s consultant–led care at the West Cumberland Hospital and a Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit at both hospitals with inpatient services in Carlisle and some overnight beds in Whitehaven for less poorly children. The page contains meeting notes and documents from previous meetings. We will work with our communities as we develop a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit and improve our Early Supported Stroke Discharge pathway which will offer more intensive support to get stroke patients active more quickly.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Children's Working Group meeting, Thursday 22 February, 10am-11.30am,  Age UK West Cumbria, The Bradbury Independent  Living Centre, Oxford Street, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 2AL
  • *RESCHEDULED* Recruitment and Retention Workstream Group meeting, Wednesday 28 February, 10am – 11.30am - *please note the new meeting date below* 
  • Maternity Voices (MVP) meeting, Wednesday 28 February 2018, 10am, Meeting Room, Ward 2, West Cumberland Hospital, Hensingham, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8JG
  • Working Together Steering Group Meeting, Wednesday 28 February 2018, 18.00 to 20.00, at the Council Chambers, Allerdale House, Workington, CA14 3YJ.
  • Stroke Service Implementation Workshop, Tuesday 13 March 2018, at the Helena Thompson Museum, Park End Road, Workington, CA14 4DE -link to event poster.
  • Recruitment and Retention Workstream Group Meeting, Wednesday 14 March 2018, 10.00am to 11.30am, Venue TBC

Working Together Steering Group:



The next Working Together Steering Group meeting will take place on Wednesday 28 February 2018  at 6.00pm at the Council Chambers, Allerdale House, Workington, CA14 3YJ.

  • Agenda coming soon
  • Notes of the last meeting coming soon


  • Wednesday 18 April 2018, 6.00pm to 8.00pm at UCLan Westlakes Campus, Samuel Lindow Building, Westlakes Science and Technology Park, Moor Row, Cumbria, CA24 3JY (Note: this meeting was originally scheduled to take place on 11 April 2018, 18.00 to 20.00 - please be aware of the new date). 

All are welcome to attend and get involved.

Chaired by the Venerable Richard Pratt, the Archdeacon of West Cumberland. The steering group has had support from Healthwatch Cumbria and Cumbria CVS.

Meeting notes can be found by clicking the 'Working Together Steering Group Archive' bubble button above. 

Select Here for The Cumbria Definition of Co-production|

What does great Co-production look like?


Working Groups

These meetings are open to anyone who wants to help work with the NHS to support services. Please get in touch by emailing: enquiries@northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk| if you would like to get involved or have any questions or comments.


Children's Working Group

In this working group we are looking at the development of Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Units (SSPAU) at our hospitals and ensuring the voice of the patients and their family as well as frontline staff is clearly heard.

We are looking at wider issues for young people including the ‘whole system asthma pathway’ and prevention issues.

As well as shaping services we are also looking at how the community can help share key health messages to support families.

Recruitment and Retention Workstream Group

In this working group we are looking at how to support recruitment – arguably the biggest challenge facing the health and care system.

We are looking at the issues which may prevent recruitment from a perspective the NHS may not have considered, working with NHS HR teams, looking for advice and guidance from other industries and working with the community to present our areas as a great place to live and work. We also want to ensure staff who are working here feel valued and want to stay.


Maternity Voices Partnership

The existing West Cumbria Maternity Voices Partnership is very active and their members are supporting work where service users' views are vital – this includes the development of midwifery-led care and the Alongside Midwife-Led Units. More information can be found here www.facebook.com/pg/WestCumbriaMVP|

Experience of Care at Distance Group 

This group was established some time ago to consider the issues faced by people travelling for care, to visit family and friends and to ensure we are appropriately responding to their challenges and concerns. This group will feed into the maternity and paediatric discussions and bring some of the challenges under consideration to this wider maternity and paediatric group.


Telemedicine Working Group

This group is looking at how Telemedicine can be developed to ease some of the challenges faced by being so far from specialist teaching hospitals. It is developing links with specialist services and within the local community. It will also develop links  across our system to share learning.

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