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.
Known as ‘Healthier Fylde Coast’, the Integrated Care Partnership brings together the local NHS, Blackpool Council and Lancashire County Council.
For the past 18 months local NHS and council organisations have been working in partnership to plan health and care services for the next five years across the Fylde Coast.
We don’t need any legislative changes to make progress as we can work within our existing organisations to strengthen partnership working, further develop services and improve effectiveness and efficiency.
The Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership, known as Healthier Fylde Coast, is one of five ICPs across Lancashire and South Cumbria – the remaining four being Pennine Lancashire, West Lancashire, Morecambe Bay and Central Lancashire.
The five ICPs sit within the wider integrated care system across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System (which is often shortened to ICS) is a partnership of NHS, local councils, voluntary, community and faith sector organisations, public sector and local communities.
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is the name which has been given to the ICS. The aims of the partnership are to join up health and care services, to listen to the priorities of our communities, citizens and patients and to tackle some of the biggest challenges we are all facing.
Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of the first areas in the country to be working as an Integrated Care System as set out in the NHS Long Term Plan in January 2019.
You can find out the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System here.
Within each ICP there are a number of neighbourhoods – these are geographical areas across which groups of GP practices (primary care networks) and other health and care services work together to ensure joined up care tailored to the needs of their local populations.
There are eight neighborhoods across the Fylde Coast which cover populations of typically between 30,000 and 50,000. Neighbourhoods will become the bedrock of health and care services in the future.
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