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Draft Pennine Plan

Our draft proposals for improving health, care and wellbeing in Pennine Lancashire.

We have published a draft plan for health and care services in the area.

The draft plan is a blueprint to improve the health of people living in Pennine Lancashire (which covers Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire), as well as improving health and care services in the area.

We are proud of the health and care services we have in Pennine Lancashire. Our doctors, nurses, and wider health and care staff provide high quality care for people who live and work here. We are equally proud of our communities and how residents across the area come together to provide friendship, encouragement and support to each other.

However, people in Pennine Lancashire are more likely to experience ill health compared with people living in other parts of the country. We have high levels of deprivation, poor health outcomes and greater demand for health and care services. The good news is that we can prevent many of our illnesses and, by working together, we can help improve people’s health and wellbeing, whilst continuing to provide effective and efficient health and care services.

In planning Together A Healthier Future we want to harness everything that is good about Pennine Lancashire: our people, our communities, our volunteers, our open spaces and our services.

Over the last year, the Pennine Lancashire Integrated Health and Care Partnership*, has been working with residents, volunteers, doctors, nurses, health and care professionals, community workers and others to develop its plans for change. During the summer, health and care bosses listened to what people have had to say about health and care services, and about how they can be supported to live healthily. As a result, a draft Pennine Plan has been developed which outlines a number of innovative and exciting proposals designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people who live and work in the area.

You can read the entire draft Pennine Plan

We also have a summary of the Pennine Plan

You may be interested to read our easy read version.

Thank you to those of you who have completed our survey, we have received your views about this draft plan and will be taking your suggestions into consideration to form our final plan in the spring.

If you represent a community group or network we would also be delighted to come and talk to you about your plans. To arrange this please email us at and we will arrange a presentation and discussion.

* The Pennine Lancashire Integrated Health and Care Partnership Leaders’ Forum (PLF) is the group of senior leaders from key organisations who are responsible for overseeing the Together A Healthier Future Transformation Programme. The Forum consists of the chief officers and chairs/leaders of the six statutory health and care organisations that constitute the Transformation Programme, which are East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (ELCCG), Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (BwDCCG), East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (ELHT), Lancashire Care Foundation Trust (LCFT), Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (BwDBC) and Lancashire County Council (LCC). The Forum also involves senior leaders from a number of key, co-opted, organisations including District Councils, the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector, and local GP Federations.

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