Lancashire and South Cumbria to benefit from multi-million-pound investment in NHS transformation projects

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and NHS England boss Simon Stevens have announced £325m of capital investment for local projects that will help the NHS to modernise and transform care for patients.

Speaking at the King’s Fund, Mr Hunt and Mr Stevens gave the green light to local capital investment schemes in 15 areas of the country, including Lancashire and South Cumbria where:

– East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust will receive £5m – £10m to develop A&E services.

– £5m – £10m of the new capital funding has been earmarked to be used to modernise mental health inpatient services.

Dr Amanda Doyle, GP and Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “For our STP to be awarded this funding demonstrates the strength of the partnerships developing across Lancashire and South Cumbria. This investment will support us to make faster progress on modernising mental health services and improving A&E facilities which will help to improve lives for people across our region.”

This initial tranche of funding has been targeted at the strongest and most advanced STPs. All plans have been developed locally.

The funding was secured in the Budget in March when the government also committed to make further capital investment available in the forthcoming Autumn Budget.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “This funding will support strong local plans to help the NHS modernise and transform care for patients.

“A measure of success of these transformation partnerships is that people can see and feel improvements being made in their local area – there are already excellent examples of this across the country and this money will allow them to go further and faster.”

NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens said: “Today we’re firing the starting gun on the first wave of major service upgrades and care redesign which will benefit people living in counties, towns and cities across England.

“For patients it’ll mean easier GP appointments, modern A&Es, and better cancer and mental health care. For staff, we’re putting our money where our mouth is in backing these practical plans developed by doctors, nurses and local NHS leaders. This is the first down payment of much needed investment in modern equipment and NHS facilities, with more promised in the Autumn and beyond.

“Today is proof positive that when you back the NHS with investment, both patients and taxpayers see the practical benefits.”

Notes to editors:

This press release is issued by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for the region.

  • The NHS Five Year Forward View was published on 23 October 2014 and sets out a new shared vision for the future of the NHS based around the new models of care. It was developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NHS Improvement (previously Monitor and National Trust Development Authority). Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts also provided their advice to create a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.
  • Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for the region and sees NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector organisations working together to improve health and care across our region. Lancashire and South Cumbria has been split into five local areas. These local areas are will be involved in improvements that need to happen across the whole region but they are also developing local plans for their own areas. An easy to understand document is available at which outlines the challenges faced in health and care and how organisations are working together to tackle them.