More than 150 colleagues from General Practice across the county were able to join the conference on 17th September, and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive - thank you.

The workshop material and copies of the presentations from the day are available on the conference page – we hope to have a film of the day available soon too. The day was designed to take forward the work we began together at the Council of Members meeting in May. No one size will fit all in Cumbria, but we are keen to work together to understand what might be good ways of working in the future and how to take forward those developments, working as individual practices, practices working in collaboration together and in Federations with CCG support. We are keen to get more feedback from colleagues across the County on these areas and will be doing so at the practices meeting in South Cumbria on the 15th October and are looking for a similar opportunity in North Cumbria. There will be more discussions on General Practice at the Council of Members meeting on the 19th November.

A number of people have contacted us to say how valuable the presentation made by Dr Naresh Rati of the Vitality Partnership was at the General Practice Conference. The Vitality Partnership is described as one of the first examples of a new model of General Practice - “super partnership”. Vitality is regarded as a leading example of a Multi-speciality Care Provider organisation referred to in the NHSE Five Year Forward View Document. Dr Rati is happy to host a visit from a Cumbria group if anybody is interesting in learning more about the work that they are doing. We are happy to co-ordinate a visit – please let Jen Park ( know if you would be interested.



Patient First returns to the ExCel London, for two days on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th November, bringing together medical directors and doctors, directors of nursing and nurses, directors of infection prevention and control, patient safety directors, pharmacists, senior operational staff and many more health care professionals from across the UK.

Patient First had a tremendous inaugural event in 2014 with over 2,600 attendees gathering to learn from expert speakers, meet with our exhibitors and network together to generate real change in patient care.

And this year it’s set to be better than ever, with a host of changes. Attendees and exhibitors alike can expect:

  • Bigger & better theatres
  • Networking opportunities in the leadership lounge with leaders and buyers
  • Extensive case study driven seminar content
  • All new lunch time symposia’s
  • Access to a show floor tech hub

Registration for Patient First 2015 is now live!

Save the date: Wednesday 27th January 2016



We all want the NHS to be great. We can help make it better by sharing and learning from each other. The NHS Transformathon is an online event bringing global healthcare staff and patients together. It aims to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to your screen, so that we can connect, share and learn from each other.

The Transformathon will run live, for 24 hours on Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th January 2016.

The NHS Transformathon page will be regularly updated as the event draws closer with all the information you need to know about the event. Further information will also be shared via the Edge newsletter, so if you would like to know more, please subscribe here.



The Transformathon is a crowd-sourced event: designed with the audience, for the audience. The event will be built around you; to examine the topics you are interested in and to bring you the speakers you want to hear from to address the issues you need to discuss. This is your event, so please tell NHS Improving Quality (NHS IQ) what you’d like it to cover.

NHS IQ has researched topics and themes should possibly be covered during the event. Please could you help NHS IQ by telling them whether they have got this right? Have they missed anything? Are there issues that you would like to be discussed not listed here? Please let them know by completing their survey, or by emailing 

Transformathon topics:

  • Improving patient’s and carer’s experience of care: keeping patients safe and creating a culture of safety and compassion.
  • Supporting staff: recruiting, retaining and returning staff; training, education and career development; improving staff wellbeing and morale; legal liability, registration to practice and revalidation.
  • Improving communication: being open, honest and transparent and listening well.
  • Finance: Tackling deficits, moving budgets and commissioning a sustainable and safe system.
  • Working well with other organisations: adapting service delivery, working well with other service organisations; social care.
  • Changing how we do improvement and innovation in the NHS.
  • Prevention, early intervention, self-care and tackling stigma.
  • Improving palliative and end of life care.
  • Technology: health technology innovations, electronic patient records, using online data in healthcare and maintaining equipment.
  • Addressing health inequalities and adapting health services for diverse groups.
  • Improving mental health services.
  • Meeting the demands of the future and the move to seven day services.

Thank you to all the Registered Nurses in Cumbria who so far have attended or booked on one of the CLIC Clinical Skills training workshops.

This accounts for one in five nurses working in Cumbria attending at least one of the six workshops on: verification of expected death; enhanced communication; male and suprapubic catheterisation; pain management; diabetes; and new dates have just been released on wound care/tissue viability. Attendees are then receiving follow-up support from the Clinical Skills Nurses Educators to help develop competence and provide evidence of skills for NMC revalidation.

These workshops are due to end in February, so don’t miss your opportunity to take part - visit the CLIC Clinical Nursing Skills Programme (Forerunner Fund Project) page to book a place.