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Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria has published its plan to help people in the area to be healthier, enhance care quality across the region and put health and care services on a sustainable footing.

The Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) reaffirms the need for health and care organisations to work together to transform services and the way people use and access them. It is a roadmap for delivering better health outcomes, a better experience for patients and the best use of NHS resources now and in the future. It can be viewed on the new Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria engagement website at www.LancashireSouthCumbria.org.uk

Some of the key priorities set out in the plan include:                                                                                    

  • Creating a system based on helping people to be healthier. Preventing illness and supporting people to be healthier for longer.
  • Bringing help closer to people’s homes and using technology to empower and improve the quality of care people receive.
  • Relieving the financial pressures on our local NHS by doing things more efficiently; such as avoiding duplication, waste and providing the most clinically effective interventions at the appropriate time, place and way.

Dr Amanda Doyle, GP and STP Lead for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “For too long in this area we have had some of the poorest health in the country. Our Sustainability and Transformation Plan provides an overview of the case for change and the state of our local health and care services. It describes the process we have undertaken to identify and understand what health outcomes and quality of care we should aspire to, and a projection of the impact of an ageing population, increasing needs, and constrained resources.

“We are proud of the services we have here in Lancashire and South Cumbria – our doctors, nurses, care workers and health professionals are doing all they can to provide high quality care. Collectively we are keen to retain and improve local services in Lancashire, but with no change, excellent will become average, and average will become poor. There is a point where this will affect us all – and accessing and receiving the highest quality, safest care will be threatened, resulting in even poorer health outcomes.”

Dr Amanda Doyle added: “Overall health services funding is expected to increase by just over 11 per cent between now and 2020/21 and we will use this to transform our services and approach, recruiting more staff and developing better services for people with physical, mental health and social care needs.

“We all want high quality services, as local as possible, delivered by motivated, highly skilled and committed staff. We passionately believe that by understanding the issues that face our communities and the opportunities we have to re-shape services to meet our needs, prevent us from becoming ill, and support us when we do, we can jointly define how services need to change.”

This STP is made up of local plans called Local Development Plans (LDPs) across five areas: Central Lancashire, West Lancashire, Pennine Lancashire, Fylde Coast and the Bay Health & Care Partners area.

Lancashire and South Cumbria is one of 44 STP ‘footprints’ that have been established across England to deliver the NHS Five Year Forward View vision of better health, better patient care and improved NHS efficiency. It represents 33 NHS and local council organisations, along with third sector partners.

In the coming weeks and months, Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria will be encouraging people to get involved in shaping these plans. A series of public events have already begun in local areas and more details can be found on the STP website.

Anyone with questions or feedback can get in touch by emailing info@lancashiresouthcumbria.org.ukor phoning 01253 951 611 (Monday to Friday 9am–5pm). Alternatively, people can contact their local programmes. For Pennine, log onto www.togetherahealthierfuture.org.uk