University of Cumbria hosts the first ever occupational therapists networking event

University of Cumbria hosts the first ever occupational therapists networking event

Last week the University of Cumbria was delighted to host a Cumbria wide occupational therapists networking event, which attracted over 150 delegates from across the county.

This was the product of an improvement workshop aimed at delivering a more joined up approach from the three Health Trusts, Cumbria County Council and the non-statutory sector for the people who have need for occupational therapy services in Cumbria.

On Thursday 14 and Friday 15 July occupational therapists from all services  came together to learn and network in order to raise the standard of service delivery and to improve outcomes for Cumbrian people.

The two day programme included high profile guest speakers and workshops, with a focus on key topics and issues such as funding changes, the redesign to deliver services better at a more local level and the ambition to develop excellent occupational therapy services for the people of Cumbria.

Guest Speaker included:

  • Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England
  • Professor Robin Talbot, Executive Dean University of Cumbria
  • Nick Waterfield, County Manager, Adult Social Care, Cumbria County Council
  • Helen Ray, Executive Chief Operating Officer, North Cumbria University Hospital Trust
  • Claire Molloy, CEO, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust (video message)
  • Caroline Evans, General Manager, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Helen Bailey, Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Louise Cusack, College of Occupational Therapists
  • John Howarth, Director of Service Improvement, Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust

The event was part of an ongoing project supported by Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC). CLIC’s purpose is driving positive transformation in health and social care across Cumbria and the Morecambe Bay area by leading and embedding a culture of collaboration for continuous learning, continuous improvement, and living within our means.

The commitment from the occupational therapy staff from Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Morecambe Bay University Hospital Trust, and Adults Social Care along with the assistance from the staff at CLIC, both staff and students from the University of Cumbria and not least the users of the service have made this a truly collaborative project. The outcomes of which will drive further developments and improvements.

Dr Karen Morris, Principal Lecturer (Rehabilitation) at the University of Cumbria said:  “It has been a great pleasure to support our practice partners and see our past students flourishing in their careers.  The event has been a tremendous success and we hope to be able to host similar events in the future”.