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Telemedicine Working Group

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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.


The Telemedicine Working Group has morphed into the Remote Consultation Development Group with membership from the Working Together Steering Group (3.5), University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT), IT, and management support from NHS England North East.  

The group is supporting the Remote Consultation Pilots using the Attend Anywhere platform. The pilots are likely to be:

  • CPFT: Mental Health and Neurology
  • North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT): Oncology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Paediatrics
  • Primary Care: Seascale Surgery

A business case to support the pilots is due to go to the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) in March 2018.

April 2019

Updates and videos coming soon on the exciting development of these projects.


The group is Networking with other relevant bodies including:

  • Internet of things (Workington Pilot - see notes from the December Working Together Steering Group)
  • Age UK

Link to Children’s group: the remote consultation will support the Asthma Pathway (e.g. reviews with a professional whilst the child is still at school), as well as the key element of the Short Stay Paediatric Assessment Unit (SSPAU) use of the Child health App.

Digital Developments

Richard Quayle from Allerdale Council has talked to our Working Together Steering Group about the work he is involved with.

Part of the work of the Telehealth Working Group is to develop links with other digital innovators.

You can read more here|: where Digital Allerdale made it on to page 2 of the Times & Star.
(A cut down version also made it into page 16 of the News and Star.)


September 2018: 

Remote video consultation is coming to North Cumbria after NHS managers agreed to support funding for several pilots.

Initially, the pilots will see some patients able to access video appointments to see specialists in mental health, cancer, cardiology, paediatrics and gastroenterology.

The system - which ensures the security of the consultation - will be accessible from home and also available in places such as community hospitals, some GP surgeries and some Mind / Richmond Fellowship premises.

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