Our health and social care teams are working more closely than ever to make sure people across North Cumbria are getting the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This is because our system is focusing on how we collectively improve the health of our local population, rather than concentrating on our individual organisations. We are working hard to create teams focusing on the care you need closer to home, rather than on the organisations they work for.
We’ve had a challenging few years. Our system was one of the worst performing in England, with long standing financial problems. We were part of a government intervention called the Success Regime.
But, that meant that our health and care leaders had to build new relationships and make changes which have seen us find new ways of facing our big problems – financial overspends, difficulty recruiting some specialists and facing up to how we will support our ageing population.
Our communities are our focus, our teams have the answers and we are reducing duplication and sharing expertise to do the best for our patients.
We work closely with our colleagues in the north east. Our patients receive specialist care from teams across the region and we share many of the same challenges around workforce and sustainability.
It makes sense for us to work together to tackle these issues collaboratively and develop partnership – such as our new Cancer Centre being built in Carlisle which will be run by the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
We are actively involved in helping shape plans for our region and this includes the developing North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System (ICS).