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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you would be interested.