Success Regime Programme in North Cumbria

Inaugural event marks the start of new era of improvement for local health and care services

Leaders and representatives from health and care organisations and local community and patient groups will attend an inaugural stakeholder meeting on Friday 18th September, to mark the beginning of the new Success Regime Programme in North Cumbria.

Announced by the Secretary of State in June 2015, the Success Regime is a national initiative designed to support the most challenged health and care systems across the country. With long-term difficulties in recruiting permanently to key clinical posts, a history of financial challenges, and the need to improve the quality of services across the area, North Cumbria has been selected nationally, along with Essex, and North, East and West Devon, to take part in the Regime.

Local health and care leaders will continue to lead and own the improvement programme, but the Success Regime will provide them with access to support, expertise and resources at a national level. An outline strategy for local services has already been agreed – Together for a Healthier Future – following significant engagement with local people and health and care staff in 2014. The Success Regime will provide local leaders with the ability to build on this strategy and approach, but to make progress at the pace and scale needed over the next five years.

The programme will see local health and care organisations working more closely together as a ‘system’, and united in a common purpose, approach and set of ambitions. This approach will enhance our chances of success as, like many areas across the country, such challenges cannot be addressed by individual organisations alone.

Sir Neil McKay has been appointed to Chair the local programme. He is a knowledgeable healthcare leader and has extensive experience of both leading, and working with NHS and local government organisations at local, regional and national levels. Sir Neil said: “The passion from local people and health and care staff to improve local health and care services is evident. The key will be in agreeing services which are both safe and affordable in the long-term, and which meet the healthcare needs of local people.

“The meeting with stakeholder representatives on Friday will set out our commitment to involving those living in the area, health and care staff, partners and others in the development of plans for future arrangements. It will mark the start of a new period of engagement and improvement, where everyone will have the opportunity to have their say, and, importantly, where the things we agree and promise are implemented at pace.”

Ben Gummer MP, Minister for Care Quality, said: “Patients quite rightly want to know that the NHS where they live is as good as the best across the country. This new Success Regime will make sure that the NHS in North Cumbria is working well together and getting the support it needs to give patients the best possible care.

“This inaugural meeting is an important step in bringing together all key partners who are committed to the future of the region’s health and care system from the very start.”

Friday’s meeting will bring together leaders and representatives from local and national health and care organisations, voluntary, community and patient groups, partners, MPs and others. They will hear how and when the Success Regime plans to improve care across the area, and the proposals for involving local people and others in shaping future health and care services. They will also have the opportunity to ask questions of health and care leaders, and to make suggestions about how they, and the groups they represent, might become more actively involved.

The Success Regime is an initiative led in partnership by the three national NHS bodies who have oversight of NHS organisations on a day-to-day basis: the NHS Trust Development Authority, Monitor and NHS England. While they will provide support, expertise and resources, they will also hold the local health and care system to account for delivering the strategy and plans agreed as part of the programme.

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