Cumbria LINk will cease to exist on 31 March 2013. Healthwatch Cumbria will take over listening to the views of the public and patients living in Cumbria.
If you wish to contact Healthwatch Cumbria the details are below.
People First West Cumbria
4-6 Oxford St
Tel: 01900 607208
We would like to thank all those that got involved with Cumbria LINk over that last 5 years and we would hope that you give the same support to Healthwatch Cumbria.
Take care and Goodbye from the Cumbria LINk Team
Cumbria LINk is an independent organisation that gives the people of Cumbria an opportunity to have their say about local health and social care services.
Cumbria LINk also performs statutory functions to monitor and review services commissioned and provided in Cumbria.
By telling us about your experiences of health and social care services, and by sharing with us your ideas for improvements or changes, you give Cumbria LINk the power to influence service provision in the county.
Making Great LINks in Cumbria
Cumbria LINk held an event on 7 February 2013 at Rheged in Penrith to celebrate their success over that last 5 years and to introduce the new structures in Health and Social Care that will begin in April this year, including the new Healthwatch Cumbria.
Anne Farrer the Interim Chief Executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Peter Rooney Director of Strategic Planning for Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.
Paul Musgrave Manager of the Health and Wellbeing Network of Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Board.
David Blacklock Chief Officer for People First who have the new contract for Local Healthwatch and ICAS (Independent Complaints Advocacy)
Please click on the link below for the report from that meeting
Throughout the year concerns about the quality and quantity of Domiciliary Care have been repeatedly raised at various meetings throughout the county.
Following a meeting with Adult Social Care a news release was issued calling for care workers and those in receipt of care to inform Link of their experiences.
The initial wave of responses raised a number of issues to cause concern and merit further investigation. We are now inviting as many care workers as possible to take part in a further survey (see link below) so we can get a wider viewpoint. Many thanks in advance if you take part in the survey, it will be very useful.
CUMBRIA CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP and LOCALITY STAKEHOLDER GROUPS
Led by local GPs, Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group is taking over responsibility for commissioning health services from NHS Cumbria, which is set to be abolished as part of Government health reforms. This group have now produced a draft strategic commissioning plan which you can read by clicking on the attached document.
Six GP led Locality Executives representing Allerdale, Carlisle, Copeland, Eden, Furness and South Lakes now contribute to the main CCCG over decisions on how the County’s NHS Budget is distributed, to deliver everything from hospital treatments to NHS dentists and community nursing, to medicines. Cumbria LINk and NHS Cumbria have worked to set up Stakeholder groups covering the six localities, to work with the Locality Executives. These groups hold regular meetings and are open to anyone who has an interest or would like to have a say on how services are provided. Click on the link below or the locality on the map to find out more.