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BBC's Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton will appear as a guest speaker at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Annual Members Meeting in October. The conference will take place on Wednesday October 5at Carlisle Racecourse.
The Annual Members Meeting is an opportunity for members of Cumbria Partnership to hear about the Trust’s future plans and ask Executive Directors about local healthcare issues. There will be a range of interactive displays and stands, provided by staff from services provided by Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and partner organisations such as the Cumbria County Council.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “building healthier communities”. We will be focusing on how to improve health in local communities, using resources available on your doorstep – such as walking in one of the many beautiful areas available to Cumbrians.
Helen Skelton, from Kirkby Thore will be talking about how growing up in Cumbria has influenced her active lifestyle and inspiring experiences. In 2009 she became the second woman ever to complete the Namibia Ultra Marathon, as well as taking part in the London Marathon, beating a world power boat champion and coming in 6th in the UK Women’s Downhill Skateboarding Championship. She has also broken two Guinness World Records during a Sport Relief challenge – kayaking 2,010 miles down the Amazon.
People who attend will have the opportunity to participate in one of five workshops on key health issues:
1. Our partnership with Newcastle – your chance to find out more about our joint proposal with Newcastle to deliver acute services in North and West Cumbria
2. The future of community hospitals – find out more about out exciting plans for the future of community hospitals
3. The future of older people’s services – with cases of dementia set to rise, find out how our services are responding
4. Supporting self management in diabetes – demand for long term conditions such as diabetes is set to grow in Cumbria – how services are changing and developing
5. Walking to a healthier lifestyle - stride out with a walking leader round the race course
Only members of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are eligible to attend the Annual Members Meeting. However, becoming a member is free, quick and simple. You can join us now: online at www.cumbriapartnership.nhs.uk , by calling the Governor and Membership Support Office on 01228 603890, or emailing email@example.com.
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides local NHS services including community hospitals and community services (such as district nursing, health visiting, children’s services, dentistry, podiatry, learning disability and mental health services).
As a member of the local community, you will have a voice in how these health services develop to meet the needs of you, your family, your friends and your neighbours.
Some people like to get very involved, going to special members meetings or by nominating or voting for governors who advise the board of directors. Others prefer to sit quietly in the background and only contact Cumbria Partnership if there is something they feel strongly about.