This month Healthwatch Cumbria has a jam-packed edition about the latest news regarding Cumbria’s health and social care. 


In this release, you will read about the Health Education England conference in Penrith, our work in Barrow-in-Furness over the last couple of months, and the feedback that’s been shared with us there.

As well, as to how your Healthwatch celebrated Unpaid Carers Week with West Cumbria Carers; the changes that are being made to the county’s GP practices and how you would like these changes to look for you. 


Health Education England Conference



Our Engagement Officer, Kate, presented at Health Education England’s dental conference last month, called ‘Dentistry: What we’re hearing’ at the North Lakes Hotel. 

Cumbria has more areas of social deprivation and health inequity. It is difficult to recruit both GPs and dentists, not just to work in the NHS, but also privately. This is even more prominent in coastal areas of the county. There are also issues around the amount dentists are paid to treat NHS patients. 

Following the conference, Kate reflected:

“It was a great opportunity to not only share what Healthwatch Cumbria’s purpose is regarding the dental community in Cumbria; but also to hear from the other side of this crisis. From Dentists to owner-practitioners.”

Continue reading here.


NHS Dentistry Barrow-in-Furness General Engagement


Healthwatch Cumbria undertook some general engagement in the Barrow-in-Furness district area throughout April and May, via a short survey.

The aim: collect information from local residents about the issues and successes they are facing with the local health and social care services. 

To discover the results of the survey, click here. 

Unpaid Carers Week 

Unpaid carers are the unsung heroes of health and social care, and this year’s message for Unpaid Carers’ Week was to help those individuals within our community feel ‘visible, valued and supported.’ 

For Carers Week 2022, we wanted to hear from the experts, so we got in touch with Angela Longrigg, CEO of West Cumbria Carers, to share the message of how valued Cumbria’s unpaid carers are. 

Watch our video here.


GP Enhanced Access in Cumbria



An enhanced service is defined as a service provided by GPs, that is on top of the core services they already provide to their patients.

The aim of an enhanced service is to meet the needs of the local population, by recognising and addressing gaps in the core service, with the hope of reducing the necessity for patients to be admitted to secondary care. 

NHS England has given your GP practices a new contract to offer an enhanced service for patients, Monday to Friday 6:30pm until 8pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

Discover how these changes will affect you, and share your feedback on your thoughts about these new changes here. 



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