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.
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 the 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.
Special health testing events:
- The group will be offering blood pressure and pulse rating testing to look for atrial fibrillation at the Whitehaven Traders Day on June 14th in the ground of St Nicholas Church in Whitehaven.
High blood pressure and atrial fibrillation are known to significantly increase your chance of having a stroke, but can be treated relatively easily.
- Cumbria Community Pharmacy is offering testing at three pharmacies in Copeland which started in the Spring. To date (June 10th) they have tested 34 people, 14 people then followed up with home monitoring using a portable blood pressure testing device. One person was referred urgently for more tests and four others have taken the home monitoring data to be followed up for an informed discussion with their GP.
Knowing that up to 85% of strokes could possibly be avoided, we campaigned for a stroke prevention programme in West Cumbria and Copeland in particular. This brought together a partnership that is providing simple tests for stroke risk factors that can be treated. Three pharmacies in the area are offering free drop-in testing and on Friday we have the first stand hosted at an event happening this summer.”
For more information about risk factors and stroke www.stroke.org.uk
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.’