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Co-Production and the Working Together Steering Group

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View and download the Co-Production Plan on a Page resources Here - developed by the Cumbria Co-production Steering Group.|


                                          View the Co-production / Working Together Tool Kit Here|   

Anyone can get involved with our Co-production / Working Together Groups.

The meetings and working groups detailed on this page 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 or call 01768 245 486 and ask to talk about Co-production.


The Working Together Group praised for role in helping to keep consultant-led maternity services in West Cumbria

Select Here for The Cumbria Definition of Co-production|

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

Upcoming Meetings:

  • Recruitment and Retention Group, date/time to be confirmed
  • Children’s Working Group meeting  , date/time to be confirmed

(The Working Together Steering Group Meetings are detailed below)

Working Together Steering Group:  

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.



A special public event took place in Whitehaven on Wednesday 30 October 2019, to discuss how the local NHS is developing.

The event was an opportunity for the local community to have conversations with NHS colleagues, enabling everyone to learn and influence what is happening with our NHS. The event embraced a “World Café” style allowing people to drop in at any point throughout the afternoon, and to join conversations that they are keen to participate in.

It was chaired by the Venerable Richard Pratt, the Archdeacon of West Cumberland.
(The steering group has had support from Healthwatch Cumbria and Cumbria CVS.)
Launch information|. 

Thank you to all who popped into the event - there were lots and lots of conversations about how #OurNHS in north Cumbria is developing.


Feedback from the Working Together Group for the Independent Review Group

The following link is a presentation given by those involved in co-production to the clinical experts reviewing progress on the long term sustainability of maternity.


You can view it here.|


Focus Areas & Working Groups 


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. More...|


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. More...|

Stroke services across North Cumbria - briefing| 


Children's Working Group|

Working Together to get better outcomes for Children and Young People

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|

The  Maternity Voices Partnership website|  is now live and features more information on the work of the group, how you can get involved, and upcoming events.


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.

What does great Co-production look like?
Select to view| some of the case studies highlighted.


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Building Health Partnerships

North Cumbria Health and Care System is being supported by NHS England to take part in the Building Health Partnerships (BHP) programme, working with facilitators from the Institute of Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). We are one of 5 Integrated care Systems to have successfully bid to be part of the programme.

In North Cumbria we are looking at the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart disease, and the detection of conditions like atrial fibrillation which could lead to stroke. We are hoping to pilot a project in the Copeland area which we could share across the north of the county. Members of the Third Sector, the West Cumbrian Voices for Healthcare, the Stroke Association, Rotary, Healthwatch and Public Health are working with NHS colleagues to shape and develop a project.

You can find out more about IVAR and the BHP process here: https://www.ivar.org.uk/our-research/building-health-partnerships/|

It focuses on facilitating a conversation between local people, the third and voluntary sector and public agencies.

The process offers support to design a collaborative approach to health challenges, with some members of the group going on to  leadership training with the Kings Fund. BLOG - 'Community Health Melas'|

Read a blog from Kevin Walsh - District Governor for Rotary Clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire 2013-14 on 'Community Health Melas - Some thoughts for the future.'

Find out more about Building Health Partnerships Here.|

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