Cumbria Success Regime

UPDATE (04/10/2016) 15.00


This week marks the launch of the public consultation into possible changes to health services in West, North and East Cumbria.

To mark the launch, the Partnership held an event in Carlisle, Cumbria, inviting media and stakeholders to come along and hear details about the public consultation period as well as ask any questions. Peter Mulcahy, Head of Service for Cumbria and Lancashire, attended this event on behalf of the Trust.

You can find a digital version of the consultation questionnaire and a number of supporting documents on the dedicated website (

The consultation process will last for 12 weeks, until just before Christmas 2016 and the team hope to encourage as many people as possible to express their views on the various options.

Throughout the consultation there will be a number of public meetings held and other events to further listen and engage with communities which may be affected by change. 

Please find the public consulation document in the related downloads at the right hand side of this update. 

UPDATE (03/06/2016) 10:00

For more information about the Cumbria Success Regime, check out the fact sheet and FAQs on the right.

UPDATE (25/04/16) 16:00

Success Regime Publishes Response to to Care Quality Commission

The West, North and East Cumbria Success Regime has published the response document it sent to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) at the end of March.  Sir Neil McKay, the Chair of the Success Regime Programme Board said, “I believe this document gives the CQC the reassurance it needs to take North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust (NCUHT) out of Special Measures.”

Please click on the link below to read more: 

UPDATE (25/04/16) 12:00

As you are aware, North Cumbria is one of three areas in England where local health and care organisations are working together to make improvements for patients as part of the Success Regime.

Led by programme chair Sir Neil McKay, the West North and East Cumbria Success Regime is an initiative led in partnership by the two national NHS bodies who have oversight of NHS organisations on a day-to-day basis: NHS Improvement (formerly the NHS Trust Development Authority and Monitor) and NHS England. While they provide support, expertise and resources, they also hold the local health and care system to account for delivering the strategy and plans agreed as part of the programme.

We are an active participant in the Success Regime together with North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. We are represented on the Programme Board by Derek Cartwright and as you would expect are heavily involved in several work streams with significant input in the transport stream.

We have also established an NWAS Success Regime working group to lead on improvement work in the Cumbria area. So far this work has included the provision of senior manager to lead in the work stream for the program. These include transport, communications, workforce, nursing, Acute Services, Community Services, and our own services that play a part in the whole system health agenda.

Currently a response to the CQC has been returned for assessment on future thinking. This will be followed by a pre consultation business case which will outline the proposed models for all areas going forwards. These proposals will then be open for public consultation from which feedback will shape the final decisions on how services will be safe, sustainable and meet the needs of the Community.

Executive and senior managers have been provided with and sit on the Board and work streams as described and will have a part to play in shaping the final answer. Your input therefore is invaluable to this process so we would encourage you all to utilise all methods of communication to ensure your thoughts are considered. Feedback can be made online at the Success Regime website, via Twitter, through Healthwatch, an independent organisation who will be available in communities across the north who has already spoken to 2900 people, in writing to the team of to your management team.

On 1 March 2016 the Success Regime published a progress report that summarised the new thinking that is emerging from the Success Regime’s clinician-led work groups. These include continued provision of A&E services at West Cumberland Hospital, choices about the future of maternity services, the development of Integrated Care Communities and optional approaches to the way in which community hospitals are developed; a helicopter based Emergency Medical Retrieval Service model, a
proposals to assist short term recruitment challenges, and options on the future delivery of children’s services.

As part of the programme’s consultation and engagement plans, all staff and members of the public now have the opportunity to give their views on the emerging options, how we can shape and improve them and what other options the Programme might consider. This can be done online at or by attending one of the events below:

Date Time Venue
Monday 25 April 1pm - 3pm Penrith Parish Centre, St Andrew's Place, Penrith 
Monday 25 April 6:30pm - 8:30pm Masonic Hall, 39 Market Street, Kirkby Stephen
Tuesday 3 May  10am - 12pm Best Western Plus Castle Inn Hotel, Bassenthwaite, Keswick
Wednesday 4 May  1pm - 2.30pm Guide Hall, St George's Road, Millom
Wednesday 4 May   7pm - 9pm Solway Hall (Whitehaven Civic Hall), 75 Lowther St, Whitehaven 
Thursday 5 May  12:30pm - 2:30pm Function Room, Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick
Thursday 5 May 6:30pm - 8:30pm Maryport Rugby Club, Mealpot Road, Maryport

NWAS will be officially represented by senior managers at all the above sessions.  In addition a further NWAS staff event for band 6’s is being planned to take place at the end of May/early June – further details to follow in due course.