Month: April 2017

Getting patients home for lunch

Sent in partnership with Cumbria County Council

A drive to get people who are ready to leave hospital home in time for lunch is proving beneficial for patients and the local health system. Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has recently renewed a drive to get patients home from hospital […]

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Neuro Legal Conference 13th July 2017

RE : My Life; My Injury: A focus on neurological injury and the actual impact of clinicians.
This conference will analyse immediate trauma care, decisions taken by neurosurgeons, rehabilitation on the ward, decisions about onward rehabilitation and getting back to the home environment and will relate in particular to the impact of litigation.

This event is the UK’s premier Neuro Legal Conference and offers an outstanding day of learning content and unrivalled networking opportunities.

The conference itself takes place in the sumptuous One Great George Street, Westminster, London on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Fieldfisher are also delighted to host a post conference drinks reception which will be held in the Council Room at One Great George Street.

This course will be accredited 4.5 points by both APIL and the CPD Service.

To book your place(s), simply fill in and email back to

For details of other conferences that we organise please visit

Kind regards


Jason Shelley
ABI Solutions
T.: 020 8763 2963
M.: 07769 897 818

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New Rights for Wheelchair Users to access Taxi Services

From 6 April 2017 drivers of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) will be liable for a fine of up to £1,000 if they refuse to carry the passenger in their chair, fail (unless they have an official exemption) to provide assistance, such as deploying the ramp and helping to push them into the vehicle, or charge extra for carrying a passenger who uses a wheelchair.

This is a new blog about the changes by Will Bee, Chair, Local Transport Group Disabled Person’s Transport Advisory Committee. Read blog

Safeguarding Adults in Cumbria 

The name and numbers for the Locality SAMS (Safeguarding Adults Managers). Part of their role is to offer and support, advice and guidance to providers within Cumbria.

To find out more about Safeguarding Adults in Cumbria, go to:

Integrated Care Communities in North Cumbria – Primary and Community Delivery Framework

Developing joined up health & care in communities – via Cumbria Partnership Trust

Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) is one of the terms being used nationally and locally to describe the ambition to join up health and care services in a given community, tailored to the needs of the local population.

5 things you need to know about Integrated Care Communities:

  • An ICC will see health and social care professionals, GPs, the voluntary sector and the community working as one team within one system to support the health and care needs of population it serves. It will focus on helping the population to manage long term health conditions and improve access to information about healthier lifestyles locally.
  • Evidence shows that the most successful ICCs will reduce the overall number of people who need to be cared for in hospital and improve the health and wellbeing of communities.
  • The evidence is supported locally by early work in Millom and Carlisle that has shown that providing more care outside hospital, particularly for the frail and elderly, has led to faster recovery times and enabled more people to be treated at the same time.
  • The leaders from all partners across the system including Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Cumbria County Council, & GP practices have made a firm commitment to develop ICCs and have started work together to provide better support to teams locally, many of whom are already using principles of integrated working in providing care.
  • West, North & East Cumbria has been divided into eight Integrated Care Communities to align with clusters of GP practices and their registered populations. Three Integrated Care Communities managers have been appointed to work across all the organisations in West, North & East Cumbria to support the development of ICC’s with a specific focus on 3 ‘Early Implementer areas’ – Workington, Cockermouth & Maryport and Eden.

This animation of ‘Sam’s Story’ describes the thinking behind the ICCs.

There are 8 Integrated Care communities in the North Cumbria area –

  1. Workington – ICC manager
  2. Eden – ICC manager
  3. Maryport and Cockermouth – ICC manager
  4. Copeland – ICC manager –
  5. Solway and Keswick – main contact
  6. Carlisle Urban (I) also known as Carlisle Healthcare – and
  7. Carlisle Urban (II) – no ICC management function currently in place
  8. Carlisle Rural – no ICC management function in place but Muriel Nixon was providing some support to the ICC –

Catherine Withington is the Programme Manager for the ICC work – now known as the Primary and Community Delivery Framework.  Catherine’s email address is

I hope to be able to share links in South Cumbria shortly

Barrow GP and residents – leading activities to improve health and happiness

The following update has been received from BetterCareTogether:

Barrow locals have begun training to lead activities to improve the health and happiness of local communities as part of a scheme to reduce social isolation in Barrow in Furness.

 ‘Furness Wellness Days’ which are based at Walney Cottage, Barrow-in-Furness were introduced to bring the community together to promote health and wellbeing through a range of different activities.

 The initiative was launched following conversations with members of the public who all explained that happiness improves their ability to manage their own illness within the community. Happiness is also directly affected by social isolation, for example Age UK have suggested that feeling alone and vulnerable can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing. This is an increasing concern as Age UK have reported that two fifths of older people say the television is their main source of company.



Ivan Drozdov Communications and Engagement Coordinator
bettercaretogether (Morecambe Bay Clinical Strategy)
 Moor Lane Mills, Moor Lane, LANCASTER, LA1 1QD 01524 518638

Note:  Dr Farhan Amin GP instigated these workshops with the support of therapists from the World Health Innovation Strategy based in Carlisle.  Contact Gareth Presch at

for further information

MS Society survey on wheelchair services in South Cumbria

Yvonne Trace Regional External Relations Officer (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria) of the MS Society and one of our committee members is carrying out a survey about wheelchair services in South Cumbria.

If you or someone you know lives in South Cumbria and uses a wheelchair please read this

wheelchair flyer

and complete this survey

Your details will be kept in confidence but we want to get as many views as possible.

Image result for wheelchair images




Westmorland General Hospital Kendal

Our Chair Glenys Marriott was pleased to be asked to meet members of the public and staff last week at Westmorland General Hospital, Kendal, to discuss brain injury and the work of Headway South Cumbria.  As part of national disability week Glenys joined the hospital staff disability team together with the RVS and Sightsavers

Thanks  for giving us the chance to raise neurological conditions

Glenys with Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse and Joann Morse Deputy Chief Nurse

Press release for 1st national report on Major Trauma in Older People

Major Trauma In Older People: Press Release 6 April 2017
Falls now the commonest type of major trauma in England and Wales report reveals

The first national report on major injury in older people has been released by the Trauma Audit & Research Network, hosted by The University of Manchester, showing that falls from a standing height are now the most common cause of major trauma.

The ten-year report, based on 8, 176 injured patients aged 60 years and above in England and Wales reveals that the typical severely injured patient isn’t the traditional young male injured in a road traffic incident, but now older and injured as a result of falling, with a lower male predominance.

The report shows that the older injured patient may be at a disadvantage in terms of receiving optimal care. Older people with major injury are less likely than younger adults to be taken directly to a major trauma centre for specialist treatment – due to the challenges of reliably identifying major injury in older people at the scene.

Tim Coats, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Leicester said: “This important report highlights that there is a previously under-recognised role for Trauma Units across the UK in the identification and management of major trauma in older people. We need to re-think the organisation and training within trauma systems and realise that there are two distinct forms of major trauma, so that we can individualise and to optimise treatment.”

Once the older major trauma patient arrives at hospital for the treatment of their injuries, the report also reveals that they are less likely to be seen by a Consultant in the Emergency Department than younger adults.

Dr Mark Baxter, Consultant Orthogeriatrician at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said: “The report makes it clear that there is a change in the nature of patients who suffer from major trauma and we need to adapt to this new reality. Older people, often with frailty, present a specific challenge to the trauma centres as they are more likely to have other, co-existing, illnesses which require a different response with specialists in care of older people involved in their care from the outset.”

The traditional belief is that older patients are more likely to injure themselves during winter; however the report dispels this myth and shows little difference in numbers of hospital admissions in older people with major trauma. This can be largely attributed to falls in the home which is the predominant cause of major injury in older adults.

Fiona Lecky, Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Sheffield said: “The new NHS England Major Trauma Networks are having to adapt to this unexpected and increasing public health problem of major injuries sustained by older people in the home. There is an urgent need for prevention programmes to tackle this growing problem and for research to improve our understanding of how to best manage the complex challenges of major trauma in older people.”

As well as monitoring the standards of care across trauma receiving hospitals, TARN has started to collect Patient Reported Outcomes (PROMs) across Major Trauma Centres in England. Antoinette Edwards, Executive Director, based at The University of Manchester, said: ”From the data gathered so far, it would seem that older patients are more likely to tell us how they are feeling after their injury. PROMs is a great opportunity for us measure long term outcomes and help us to improve our understanding on how major injury has impacted not just on the patients’ health but also their everyday routines.”

Please click here to read the report

& the report in full: