Published March 31, 2017 at 16:42
Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of the NHS in England, has provided an update on the progress of the NHS Five Year Forward View – the national plan to transform the healthcare system.
For residents in Lancashire and South Cumbria this means greater partnership working between NHS, local government, patient groups and community, voluntary and faith organisations through the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria programme. The partnership is working to help people stay more healthy so they can avoid time in hospital, make it easier for people to see a GP and get help faster for people with mental ill-health.
Organisations in Lancashire and South Cumbria are coming together to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of financial resources and are working to develop local plans by working together in five areas. These are the Fylde coast, Pennine Lancashire, Central Lancashire, West Lancashire and Morecambe Bay.
In Pennine Lancashire, work has been going on over the last year via the Together a Healthier Future programme. Residents, volunteers, doctors, nurses, health and care professionals, community workers and others are working to develop a plan to meet the health, care quality and financial challenges in the area, which is made of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.
This plan – which follows on from the previously published case for change – will aim to set out how everyone can work together to improve local health and care services and exactly how the new ways of working will be implemented. Residents will be fully consulted on the priorities within it.
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria has published an easy to understand guide to the challenges in health and care for the region and how organisations are working together to create solutions to tackle them. This is available here.
Dr Amanda Doyle, a Blackpool GP and Chief Officer for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria said:
This means organisations across Lancashire and South Cumbria working in a collaborative way as a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership. This will allow us to develop solutions and make decisions together in the interest of our local communities. The pressures the NHS is under are well-known and so making best use of the money, staff and services we have is crucial. The document which we have published aims to help local people and health and care staff to understand the shared challenges we face in our area, how we need to work together to tackle these and how local people need to be involved.
Graham Burgess, Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
We are key partners in work being done across Lancashire and South Cumbria as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan but it is vital that we have also been developing plans in Pennine Lancashire that are right for our residents. The Pennine Plan will outline how doctors, nurses, health and care professionals, residents and volunteers can work together to deliver more seamless services. It will also show how future financial challenges can be met and information on how organisations can use their buildings more effectively. We have been engaging with residents to seek their views on priorities and will fully consult on any proposals . There is also some fantastic work already taking place in neighbourhoods, parks and community groups that can be further tapped into to prevent ill-health and keep people well.