Integrated Care Communities (ICC’s) in Cumbria

A useful source of information about your local ICC’s…

South Cumbria and North Lancashire

West, North and East Cumbria

Cumbria Headache Forum

Invitation for third sector representatives, patients and carers

Joined Cumbria Headache Forum and Annual Headache Specialist Nurses meeting, which will take place at Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, in Penrith Cumbria on 27th April 2017.

Dr Jitka Vanderpol expects to have 15-20 Headache Specialist Nurses from across the UK attend and this will be unique opportunity for the patients to see headache experts. There is no registration fee.

The third sector can join us free of charge,

The goals of this meeting are:

  1. Educate and raise awareness about management and latest advances in therapy of headache & migraine, among patients, cares as well as local GPs, clinicians, physiotherapists, nurses and trainees.
  1. Facilitate cooperation and communication between UK Headache specialist Nurses.
  1. Make the relevant stakeholders and partners aware of headache service development in Cumbria and across the UK.
  1. Launch a network of the UK Headache Forums across the UK.



There are also opportunities for other charities to have a stand at the conference.

Contact Dr. Jitka Vanderpol MD FRCP MBA if you wish to attend 

Consultant Neurologist Clinical Director Neurosciences service development

Cumbria Partnership NHS  Foundation Trust Tynefield Drive Penrith Hospital Penrith Cumbria

Tel. 01768245667

Neurological Alliance meeting 15th October Cancer Care Kendal Review of Neuro Services in Cumbria

We had an excellent meeting yesterday in Kendal and thanks to all those who attended and contributed.
Elspeth Desert has sent the attached abridged presentation.  Please check it out and respond as soon as possible.
Written Submissions must ideally be made by 17.00,  October 21st 
Enquiries and written submissions should be sent to:
Your queries will be passed on to whoever in the team will be best placed to deal with them
– or by post to Neurosciences Pathway Project, c/o PHP, Valley View, West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven CA28 8JG
– Or by fax to Neurosciences Pathway Project,  01946 523653

It would be helpful if you could also copy your submissions to the Alliance at  so we can ensure they are also included within our future work plan.

Elspeth and I will be meeting on 26th October to consider the issues raised and we shall be arranging another session to share with you the next steps.  So do watch this space and please respond to the consultation

Review proposals Neuroalliance meeting

Cumbria Rural Health Forum

We are pleased to be a member of the Forum and are currently collecting details from our members about technology they use which enables them to lead a more rewarding life.  Please let me know if you use Skype for clinical consultations for example, or have APPs which help you manage your disability.

Rural communities face particular issues in accessing healthcare. These issues include:

Dispersed communities meaning that people have limited access to services and have to travel further to access basic healthcare;

  • Smaller GP practices and other health centres, meaning that staff may feel professionally isolated and removed from opportunities for professional development;
  • A greater reliance on volunteer services;
  • Population demographics that include relatively more older people than in urban centres;
  • Poor quality broadband and mobile infrastructure.

The Cumbria Rural Health Forum was formed in September 2013 with a mission to maximise the health of rural communities through the discovery, creation, development and sharing of evidence-based strategies, best-practice, tools and techniques that support the effective and efficient delivery of public health, health and social care in rural areas. The forum seeks to achieve this by forming a network of organisations interested in and responsible for delivery of health and social care in rural areas.  The forum is looking to provide leadership and to work strategically in developing common themes around rurality to improve the quality and availability of healthcare services in Cumbria.

The vision of the Rural Health Forum is that this learning is made visible, shared and used within the healthcare infrastructure of Cumbria and is also made available to the wider world of healthcare. We will use this forum to avoid duplication and gaps in services, identify opportunities for joint implementation through projects and shared activities and to provide 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.

 Forum website

 Membership of the Rural Health Forum:

Membership is currently open to any organisation or representative body that that is interested in the mission and can add value to releasing it; either based in Cumbria, providing health and/or social care services to Cumbria, or planning to do so.  During 2014 a formal membership structure will be developed.

Welcome to the Cumbria Neurological Alliance


Neuro charities in Cumbria have agreed to work together to improve the lives of people affected by neurological conditions and work towards their prevention and eradication.

Our mission

To raise awareness and understanding of neurological conditions to ensure that every person diagnosed with a neurological condition has access to high quality, joined up services and information from their first symptoms, throughout their life.