This 90 minute interactive workshop will ask people to consider the future of access to healthcare services in the local area. After a brief introductory talk that outlines key issues, we will use several short creative activities to enable people to map, share and reflect on their own experiences of care, tied to the local geography. From this, we will ask people to identify key points of good practice or recommendations for change that they would like to see.
Waiting lists for hospital care, access to GP appointments and the declining number of nurses and doctors in our NHS are big causes for concern in the national media. But what does that mean for the future of healthcare in our locality? As the recent consultation into proposed new hospitals shows, people have strong views about where and how they access care.
This workshop will outline some of the reasons that services have come to be organised as they have across North Lancashire and South Cumbria, and consider how different patient groups might experience this. We will use examples from the local area to help people to think about the connections between the national picture of access to healthcare, and the local experience of healthcare. Using creative and participatory methods, we will then work with workshop participants to consider what the future of services might look like.
Dr Liz Brewster, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University.
Michael Lambert, Research Fellow at Lancaster University.
Laura Wareing, Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University.
Anyone is welcome to attend.
The event may be of particular interest to those with a long term health condition, experience of recent hospital attendance, or those caring for a relative with a long term health condition.