Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is developing a strategy for the use of technology across Cumbria and has arranged for the Alliance to become a member of the group which will be considering this approach. The group is the Cumbria Rural Health Forum chaired by Professor Alison Marshall. We are looking forward to contributing to this important strategy which will be of great interest to people with a neurological condition.
Cumbria Rural Health Forum
Rural communities face particular issues in accessing healthcare. These issues include:
- Dispersed communities meaning that people have to travel further to access healthcare;
- Smaller GP practices and other health centres, so that staff may feel professionally isolated;
- A greater reliance on volunteer services;
- Population demographics that include relative more older people than in urban centres;
- Poor quality broadband and mobile infrastructure.
The Cumbria Rural Health Forum was formed in September 2013, to represent organisations interested in and responsible for delivery of health and social care in Cumbria, to provide leadership in developing common themes around rurality and work strategically to improve the quality of services in Cumbria.
To have a comprehensive and strategic approach to managing health and social care within the rural county of Cumbria.
To bring together all relevant organisations and groups within Cumbria to share experience, develop a common understanding and strategy. To use this forum to avoid duplication and gaps in services, identify opportunities for joint implementation through projects and shared activities. To provide a communications, knowledge sharing and educational support infrastructure for isolated professionals and voluntary groups.
Priorities for 2014
The priorities are to establish a virtual infrastructure for the forum, formalise and plan a series of networking workshops, meetings and project sub groups. The first theme that the group has chosen to develop is digital technologies to support remote consultations, telehealth and telecare. In 2014, the group will develop the Cumbria Strategy for Digital Technologies in Health and Social Care. We will identify at least three joint implementation projects to take forward with funding from the partners and external grant sources.
We will be delighted to join these Forum partners
Forum website www.ruralhealthlink.co.uk