Although we are a young organisation, we are an ambitious one. However, we know that if we are going to improve the health of our population then we need to work with our community. We are committed to making sure that the healthcare we provide meets the needs of every person in Blackpool. To do that, we need to work in partnership and to talk with – and more importantly, listen to – our patients and the public.
Blackpool CCG believes in the ethos of partnership working and has very strong links with our local community, including healthcare providers, local authority, voluntary sector, business and sporting communities.
Blackpool Health and Wellbeing Board
Blackpool Health and Wellbeing Board was formally established in May 2013 and is chaired by Councillor Simon Blackburn. A joint health and wellbeing strategy for the town has been developed and the Board are working closely with the CCG and wider partners to implement it so that, by working together, health outcomes improve across the town. The Board meets in public on a six weekly basis. To learn more about the work of the Board and where it meets visit www.blackpool.gov.uk/hwb
The Local Authority
Blackpool CCG is working in partnership with Blackpool Council through the Blackpool Health and Wellbeing Board ( see above). It is a priority for us to ensure health and social care are closely linked. Examples of this work include:
- Keats – specialist mental health community day care
- Vitaline – community alarm system providing 24 — hour monitoring and emergency response
- The Arc – assessment and rehabilitation care facility
One of our Governing Body members – Blackpool’s Director of Public Health – works for the local authority and is integral to the decision making of the CCG.
North West Ambulance Service
We are responsible for buying ambulance services on behalf of the 33 CCGs in the North West. We took over this role from NHS Blackpool. There are two types of ambulance service provided:
- Paramedic Emergency Services, which you will recognise more as the ‘blue light’ 999 service that urgently conveys people to hospital
- Patient Transport Services, for taking nonemergency patients to and from hospital
We work with many healthcare providers to ensure our services meet the needs of local people.
We buy most of our hospital and community services from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. This is the organisation responsible for Blackpool Victoria Hospital; other smaller hospitals across the Fylde Coast; and community services provided at the Primary Care Centres and in patients’ homes in the town.
We also buy additional services from other NHS hospital trusts in Preston, Lancashire and the North West, and mental health services from both Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS England is an independent body at arm’s length to the Government. It has a key role to play in the Government’s vision to modernise health services, with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes.
For this reason we ensure we work very closely with NHS England in everything we do.
We are committed to working closely with other Clinical Commissioning Groups – regionally and nationally – including our neighbours, Fylde and Wyre CCG, on joint healthcare initiatives across the Fylde Coast.
The third sector
We work with a number of third sector organisations to help develop our plans and deliver services.
- Age UK – hospital aftercare for vulnerable people over the age of 18
- Empowerment – dementia advisors and peer support
- Carers Centre – support and respite breaks for carers
- Making Space – mental health development workers
- Richmond Fellowship – mental health nursing home and supported housing
Blackpool Football Club
Blackpool Football Club are committed to helping and encouraging the community to maintain a healthy lifestyle. They run numerous programmes that place emphasis on educating young people in particular. This includes promoting sportsmanship, keeping active, healthy living and other vital life skills.
Following a Government directive for Health Trusts to work more closely with professional sports clubs in the challenge to improve health, we have established an excellent relationship with Blackpool Football Club through our partnership programme, Altogether Now – a Legacy for Blackpool.
Having the support of such an influential Blackpool institution allows us to widen our reach, making sure our health messages are reaching the community and, most importantly, that they are being acted upon.
Visit the Blackpool Football Club website to find out more about how the club supports their local community.