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Community and the NHS start work to support health services

[P]lans to look at how recruitment and retention can be improved, and a focus on the opportunities in telehealth, are two of the areas being considered by the newly formed Working Together Group in West Cumbria.

The group has been set up to help support the development of maternity and paediatric services following the Healthcare For The Future consultation.

The group met on Thursday 13 July at the United Reformed Church Meeting Room in Whitehaven and is chaired by the Archdeacon of West Cumberland the Venerable Richard Pratt.

More than 35 people took part in the session which included a briefing on service developments and improvements in recruitment. Areas were then identified where the community felt the NHS needed, and would benefit from, support. These include:

  • Recruitment and retention
  • A children’s group
  • Treatment at distance
  • Telehealth
  • How the community and NHS can work together

Rev Pratt said: “I was really encouraged to see that there were some clear ideas about where the energy and experience of the wider community can support the NHS. It felt like some very positive conversations were happening and people were already planning how they can start to make progress over the summer.”

The next meeting will be held on Thursday September 14th at Energus, Lillyhall, between 6-8pm.

If you would like to get involved please contact [email protected]

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