The University of Cumbria was commissioned to work with the Cumbria Rural Health Forum to develop the Cumbria Strategy for Digital Technologies in Health and Social Care. The work was carried out from 1st April 2014 to 30th June 2015 and was funded by the Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria (AHSN-NENC). An implementation phase followed, from 1st July 2015 to 31st March 2016, funded jointly by the Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria and the North West Coast Academic Health Science Network (NWC AHSN).
The Strategy was developed through a range of methods, including review of published literature and evidence, surveys and interviews and open innovation roadmapping workshops. The implementation phase focused on supporting, facilitating and influencing change, through engagement with providers and service delivery staff and presentations to senior managers.
The outcome of this work was to embed the work of the Forum in the Local Digital Roadmap and Sustainable Transformation Plans for NHS partners, to support third sector and private sector partners and to share best practice nationally and internationally.