Rory has welcomed the news that North Cumbria Health and Care System has been named as a pilot Integrated Care System (ICS) by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

This means that North Cumbria will be part of a national pilot programme that will link up health and care services, empowering teams from different organisations to work together for the benefit of their patients. This will see the area’s main health and care providers, alongside the Care Commissioning Group and local GP teams, working together in an integrated way, alongside Cumbria County Council and the Third Sector.

This announcement follows a string of successes for Cumbrian healthcare, including Cumbria Health on Call’s inclusion in the finals of the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards and the allocation of £65 million for the redevelopment of West Cumberland Hospital and the establishment of the new cancer centre in Carlisle.

Commenting on this announcement, Rory said “This is wonderful news and I would like to pay a huge tribute to all those health and care professionals in the North Cumbrian NHS who made this happen. To be named as a pilot ICS is a real achievement and will have a significant impact on the provision of care, which will ultimately be to patients’ benefit”.

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