Healthier Fylde Coast
Known as ‘Healthier Fylde Coast’, the Integrated Care Partnership brings together the local NHS, Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council.
We will agree joint priorities and work together to improve the health and care of people living on the Fylde coast.
We are all living longer and often with more long-term health conditions. This creates extra demand on services and the limited financial resources available.
Making better use of our joint resources is crucial, including staff, services and money. We now have an opportunity to develop better ways of working between the existing partners, services and professionals on the Fylde coast.
Our staff will work more collaboratively to improve patient care which will also create new and flexible roles, with development opportunities opened to them and increased job satisfaction.
Our plans are guided by feedback from local people and clinicians who have told us what they want from their health and care services.
We believe the majority of services should be provided locally, within the Fylde coast.
The Fylde coast has been split into 11 neighbourhoods which see groups of GP practices working alongside community services.
Teams of different health and care professionals will work within neighbourhoods to provide as much support as is safe and cost effective.
A range of hospital-based specialist services will continue to be available when required. But, closer working with neighbourhood teams will mean that hospital-based staff will know more about a patient’s background and condition. This will enable more informed decisions about their care and a smoother transition back into the community.
We’ll also put more focus into promoting good health and wellbeing by working with people to prevent ill health in the first place.
We will set up, or continue, programmes of work that will deliver our shared goals and make best use of the ‘Fylde coast pound’. That means considering what is best for the whole population and healthcare system rather than individual parts.
Practically, it will mean health and care organisations working together on a formal basis to agree priorities and make joint decisions. It will also mean organising ourselves differently to ensure that we have multi-disciplinary clinical and non-clinical teams working to common goals.
Our main areas of focus are:
A Clinical Senate has been set up to make sure our vision continues to be led by local clinicians.
Development of the partnership will happen in phases starting with the NHS organisations.
Two-way communication will be ongoing to ensure patients, staff and other key stakeholders are engaged, and can contribute as we progress.