Healthier Lancashire & South Cumbria has published its plan to help make people in the area healthier, to enhance care quality across the region and to put health and care services on a sustainable footing.
The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (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 available to read and download on the new Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria engagement website at www.LancashireSouthCumbria.org.uk.
The STP is made up of Local Development Plans (LDPs) across five areas: Central Lancashire, West Lancashire, Pennine Lancashire, Fylde Coast and the Bay Health & Care Partners area. These build on the good work already taking place at a local level that you can see by using these links.
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.
Local GPs and consultants and other care professionals working in local practices, hospitals and care services hear stories from patients and families day in, day out about how good services are. However, many people have experiences that demonstrate that cracks are appearing – and these cracks will only widen if we do not jointly consider how to re-design the care system to meet our residents’ needs.
Working together to transform services, the Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria programme will:
- Tackle life expectancy inequality; improving the area’s health by making it easier to get expert advice, access free healthy-living and support schemes.
- Improve the way that care is planned and delivered in the region in a more person-centred and coordinated way; bringing help closer to people’s homes and using technology to empower and improve the quality of care people receive.
- Relieve 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 most appropriate time, place and way.
- Encourage and support people to take their health more seriously and assume greater responsibility for their own good health.
- Develop robust integrated care services across Lancashire and South Cumbria that are based in local communities and reduce the over reliance on acute hospital-based services.
- Create a multi-skilled, flexible and responsive workforce with great development prospects.
- Enhance the role of the third sector to support mainstream services
- Establish joint system leadership across Lancashire’s entire health and social care environment.
There are no pre-determined solutions or options at this stage. In the coming weeks and months, we want people to get involved in the conversation in their local areas and help to shape these plans going forward.
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