Cumbria Neuro meetings

Thank you as 2017 draws to an end

We are already planning a weighty programme for 2018 but as 2017 draws to a close I want to thank our amazing committee and members who have turned out not just across Cumbria, but across the north of England, Greater Manchester and Cheshire to attend our meetings.  Support and attendance from Regional officers from the main neuro charities has been crucial to our work and I am delighted that they feel it is worth their long journeys to attend our meetings.

Those members who attend with long-term neurological conditions make all our endeavours worth while, and it is for them and the hundreds of others in Cumbria that we work to enhance services.  They keep us grounded and highlight what really matters to them.

We aim also to support our clinical colleagues, who care deeply about the work they do, and bring their expertise to our meetings so we can solve problems together.  We have been pleased to support Dr Jitka Vanderpol with her groundbreaking work on headaches and the addition to our committee this summer of Consultant Neurologist David Footitt has been an added bonus.

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist Cumbria

We have spent 6 long years gathering information, working in partnership and making neurological services our priority.  We now feel on the cusp of something very exciting and believe that the needs of people living with a neuro condition might finally be prioritised and addressed.  Stephen Eames CEO NHS in North Cumbria and CEO Jackie Daniel UHMBT and Andrew Bennett Morecambe Bay CCG and in South Cumbria have received our response on how specialist neurological rehab. should be structured and we are keen to work closely with them to co-produce new strategies http://www.bettercaretogether.co.uk/

Co-production, co-operation and critical friendship are our aims.

The TLAP National Co-production Advisory Group says the following about co-production:

‘Co-production is not just a word, it is not just a concept, it is a meeting of minds coming together to find shared solutions. In practice, co-production involves people who use services being consulted, included and working together from the start to the end of any project that affects them. When co-production works best, people who use services and carers are valued by organisations as equal partners, can share power and have influence over decisions made’.

(See also https://www.england.nhs.uk/blog/david-mcnally/ )

As always, we want to thank Louise Chance at A Chance for Life for her unstinting contribution to both the Alliance and Headway groups. http://www.achanceforlife.co.uk/

We have regular and valuable advice and correspondence from Jozi Brown at Cumbria CVS and strongly recommend 3rd sector groups become members.  https://cumbriacvs.org.uk/

Our latest venture – Cafe Neuro in Barrow is underway and like all new ventures we are learning as we go, but I do hope that anyone living with a neurological condition will feel able to come and join in. We have appreciated the help we have received from Dr Farhan Amin, Furness GP and Lesley Graham Public Health Manager to get this started.  You can find our programme at https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/new-neuro-drop-in-centre-barrow/

(Above) Barrow planning meeting for Cafe Neuro with representatives from Headway, MNDA and MND Care Centre at Lancashire Hospitals Trust, MS Society, Stroke UK, Cumbria University, CPFT Parkinson’s Disease, A Chance for Life, Furness Carers and UHMBT.

The Cumbria Neurological Alliance is pleased to be a branch of the National Neurological Alliance which is the only collective voice for 80 organisations working together to make life better for millions of people in England with a neurological condition. Together we work with our member organisations to campaign nationally and locally to ensure better services and outcomes for all those with a neurological condition. http://neural.org.uk/

 

 

If you would like to join us just drop me a line at  cumbrianeurologicalalliance@gmail.com  

Our diary dates for 2018 are on this website and we look forward to making great progress in 2018.

https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/programme/programme-2018/

With best wishes for a Peaceful Christmas

Glenys Marriott

Chair Cumbria Neurological  Alliance

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University of Cumbria neuro study day – Carlisle

Watch this space – 21st March 2018

We are delighted to be supporting Helen Wilby, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at the Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies helen.wilby@cumbria.ac.uk University of Cumbria to stage an information day about neurological conditions for students.

 

Next meeting Cumbria Neurological Alliance Thursday 9th November

You are invited to the next meeting of the Alliance on Thursday 9th November 2017 10.30 am – 1 pm

Chance for Life Ltd 5 Hobson Court Gillan Way Penrith Business Park Cumbria CA11 9GQ

(Telephone: 01768 891709 in case of emergency or to book disabled parking)

 

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and introductions.
  2. Apologies
  3. Presentation by Tracey Thompson MND Association
  4. Update on NA business
  • Barrow Drop in Hub
  • Invoices for NA membership
  • Website and Twitter update – discussion re Facebook

5.  Update on review of Specialist Rehab Steering Group Lancashire and South Cumbria

6.  Feedback on ICC groups in Cumbria

7.  Programme for 2018 and diary dates

8   Any other business

 

Barrow neuro drop in sessions update

Barrow planning meeting

Members of the Cumbria Neurological Alliance are developing a neuro drop-in centre for people living with a neurological condition, their families and carers. It will be based in the Hindpool Centre, Barrow in Furness.

Charities and specialist neuro therapists working across South Cumbria came together this month to plan the programme which starts on 2nd November. The first groups will be hosted by Parkinson’s UK, Headway South Cumbria and the MND Association.

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist said “I was delighted to hear that Cumbria Neurological Alliance has been able to secure support to run regular drop-in sessions at the Hindpool Community Centre. Whilst patients and carers affected by some of the commoner neurological conditions benefit from local support groups, too many people feel isolated by their condition and unable to link with others facing similar challenges. There are many common experiences shared between people with Neurological conditions. This initiative provides people with the opportunity to share, support and learn from one another whilst enjoying social interaction and a range of activities. This concentration on a core of well-being, supporting independence and maintaining social contacts is key to improving outcomes for my patients. I trust that we in the NHS will be able to support it to succeed and flourish.”

Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist Cumbria

The initiative has been supported by Dr Farhan Amin, GP and member of the Morecambe Bay CCG and Les Graham public health locality manager with Cumbria County Council.

Check out the programme https://cumbrianeurologicalalliance.wordpress.com/new-neuro-drop-in-centre-barrow/barrow-neuro-dropin-centre-programme/

Enquiries to Glenys Marriott Chair Cumbria Neurological Alliance at cumbrianeurologicalalliance@gmail.com Twitter @cumbrianeuro

Colin from the ABI team with Christine and David Wilson from Headway South Cumbria

 

David Schofield

 

The team from BIRT Barrow

More photos to come!

NEW Neuro Drop in Centre Barrow – next meeting

Watch the new page – we are planning a new weekly drop in centre at Hindpool Community Centre Barrow in Furness

Thanks to Local GP Dr Farhan Amin and Lesley Graham Public Health Locality Manager with Cumbria County Council we are being supported to start a new regular drop in session.

Our partners include Headway South Cumbria, Parkinson’s UK, The MS Society, Cumbria Partnership Trust’s ABI team, Epilepsy UK and Louise Chance at A Chance for Life.  We hope to include more neurological charities as we develop, but anyone living with a neurological condition will be welcome

 

Initial planning meeting with Shirley Mickalak, Lesley Graham, Glenys Marriott, Christine Wilson, Jan Waddington, Chris Wilson and Vivienne Rogerson

If you are interested in helping or just want to know more, join us at 10.30 am Thursday 12th October at

24 Nelson Street Barrow in Furness LA14 1NF

Please contact me if you would like to be involved:

 

Allerdale Branch of the MS Society Conference 14th May 2017

I was delighted to be asked to chair this education conference run by the Allerdale Branch of the MS Society.  There was an excellent turnout of over 70 members and the venue was the delightful Hundith Hill Hotel. http://hundith.com/

The programme included an excellent talk about the Brain Bank by Dr George Gveric from Imperial College.

You can read more at https://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-research/get-involved-research/ms-tissue-bank

His presentation was followed by Dr David Footitt Consultant Neurologist from the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  David was well known to the patients in the room and has been at the forefront of developing services for MS in Cumbria.

 

 

 

 

 

David described the choice of drugs currently available for people with MS and there were lots of questions afterwards.

Yvonne Booth from 10 in 10 an amazing fundraiser showed an inpirational video about her fundraising and her husband Duncan.

http://www.10in10.org.uk/

Do think about registering with 10 in 10 to raise funds for MS

Julia Walker spoke next about her work with Lake District Mobility.  Her project offers amazing access in the National Park to people with disabilities, and we are going to support her and work jointly on developing the range of Changing Places available.

http://www.changing-places.org/

https://www.facebook.com/lakedistrictmobility/

 Julia Walker

We finished the day with another inspiring talk about the Calvert Trust Kielder by Karen Diamond.

http://www.calvert-trust.org.uk/kielder/kielder

 

Contact details for Cumbria MS groups

We had a break for afternoon tea which was most delicious and time for lots of networking.

Many thanks to Hilary Windsor and all the team for inviting me, and we look forward to seeing you at our Cumbria Alliance meetings.

 

Theresa Westhead Huntington’s Disease

We were delighted to have Theresa come to speak to the Cumbria NA last week.  We had a large turnout of members at A Chance for Life in Penrith, and a lively discussion with Theresa afterwards.

Huntington’s disease, which is often called HD, is an hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. It used to be known as Huntington’s Chorea or HC. Huntington’s disease usually develops in adulthood and can cause a very wide range of symptoms. The disease affects both men and women.

She is keen to make contact with people interested in the disease and can be contacted at  01942 864645 theresa.westhead@hda.org.uk  She covers Cumbria, Lancashire, Bolton & Wigan

You can see more at https://www.hda.org.uk/hd/what-is-hd

Join us tomorrow – Thursday 11th May Penrith

10.30 am A Chance for Life Penrith 5 Hobson Court Gillan Way Penrith Business Park Cumbria CA11 9GQ
Remember that parking is difficult – so try across the main dual carriageway at the North Lakes Hotel Ullswater Rd, Penrith CA11 8QT
We have a really full agenda tomorrow starting with an informal talk from Theresa Westhead  about Huntingdon’s Disease.  Plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
 
This is followed by Faye Spedding, Neuro rehab case manager North of England Specialised Commissioning Team NHS England
There will also be key colleagues from Headway UK present to meet with local representatives at the end of the meeting.
Do remember to register for all our updates on our website at
 Please pass the invite to others you feel will be interested.