National success for Cumbria out-of-hours GP service

Date: Thursday 5th July 2018

CUMBRIA Health on Call (CHoC) has won a top award in the NHS70 Parliamentary Awards.

CHoC — the county's out-of-hours GP service — was given the excellence in primary care award yesterday by a judging panel that examined nominations from across the United Kingdom.

The results of the awards, which are designed to recognise and celebrate the NHS’ most successful people, teams and projects, were announced in ceremony on the Terrace of the House of Commons, attended by MPs, peers and nominees.

CHoC was nominated by Cumbria MPs Rory Stewart, Trudy Harrison, John Stevenson and Tim Farron, and, in winning, beat off hundreds of contenders to be crowned the national champion.

Mr Stewart selected CHoC as his nominee in recognition of the quality of its care and the innovative solutions it has found in dealing with the challenges of rural, often isolated, communities.

This is the latest in a string of successes for CHoC, which in the past few months has been awarded an “outstanding” designation in its CQC inspection and named an NHS70 regional healthcare champion.

“So many congratulations to Cumbria Health on Call. To win this national award is a huge achievement and very richly deserved," said Mr Stewart.

"The work that its staff do day in and day out to care for communities across Cumbria is invaluable and worthy of recognition. I look forward to seeing CHoC’s successes continue for many years to come.”