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 draft strategy was informed by people’s experiences of local health and care services, evidence around the health needs of the local population and the challenges local NHS and council organisations are facing. A comprehensive programme of engagement was scheduled for March 2020 in order to further develop the strategy with staff, clinicians, patients and members of the public and wider stakeholders. Unfortunately, much of the planned activity had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, six staff sessions (with a total of 54 members of staff) took place as well as two public sessions (in the form of existing panels).
What will the strategy require you to do differently?
Working more collaboratively
Focus on prevention and self-care agenda
Have a greater understanding of the needs of the local population
Staff wellbeing/workforce culture
Do these describe the types of behaviour you would and wouldn’t want to see across the ICP? Is there anything missing?
While all attendees generally agreed with the values and behaviours which had been proposed, a number of other points were raised as per below.
While members of the panel were generally supportive of the strategy, they made the following three key recommendations following their engagement session:
Youth Influence Panel
In terms of reaching out to younger people and promoting healthy lifestyles with school and college age children, the Youth Panel recommended:
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