Lancashire and Cumbria Health Forum

Professor Neil Johnson, Dean of Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine, welcomed senior healthcare leaders from the region to the inaugural Lancashire and Cumbria Health Forum at Lancaster University on 25 May 2016. 

Leaders heard an inspiring talk entitled, ‘A place, a street, a city,” from Lord Andrew Mawson , social entrepreneur, best known for his work at the Bromley by Bow Centre in East London, which became the UK's first Healthy Living Centre.  Key messages were around raising the possibility of thinking and doing things differently, and unlocking energy and potential in those working across all sectors.  Motivated by these messages, senior leaders from local NHS organisations, the County Council, the private sector, and the four local Universities, proceeded to have lively, informal discussions around the big issues facing our local population today, facilitated by Shelley Rubenstein.  How do we encourage and enable innovation to thrive in the NHS to help tackle some of the major challenges of our region?  While it is certain there are major health challenges in our region, it is also clear that there are leaders locally who wish to come together to face those challenges.

Neil Johnson, Dean of Faculty of Health and Medicine said "What has been really striking to me is a really strong commitment around the room to try to begin to identify all those people who are working in all sorts of ways to make a difference in their communities and then to see what we can do as a group of senior leaders in the area to try and support and enable them to make a difference and our goal through that will be to try to see if we can make some differences in Lancashire and Cumbria."