£4.32million Boost For Future of Fylde Coast Healthcare

Plans to revolutionise health and care services for local people on the Fylde Coast will be boosted by £4.32million of funding.

As a part of the national ‘vanguard’ programme health and care organisations on the Fylde Coast are working closely together to develop and implement plans for future services, called ‘new models of care’.

The plans aim to tackle the health challenges which the area faces over the coming years, such as a growing number of elderly residents and more people living with long-term conditions.

The vision is to provide services which support people to manage their conditions better in the community and thus reduce the risk of a hospital admission when things worsen.

Speaking on behalf of all partners involved in the Fylde Coast vanguard programme, Peter Tinson, chief operating officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG): “We are of course delighted to have received this latest funding, which goes to show the support we have for our plans and the progress we have made so far.

“We want to keep people out-of-hospital by providing services which are seamlessly coordinated and more proactive. That can only be achieved by organisations working together in the way that we are on the Fylde Coast.”

An initial allocation of funding in 2015 allowed the launch of a new extensive care service which provides support for people over 60 with two or more long-term conditions.

The latest funding will aid the further roll-out of extensive care so that even more suitable Fylde Coast residents can benefit from its input.

The money will also support plans to bring together groups of GPs to work in neighbourhoods alongside community care, social workers and other healthcare professionals.

Each neighbourhood on the Fylde Coast will benefit from a dedicated local team of professionals who will work together to provide support for people who have a complex condition which requires an enhanced level of care.

In combination, the extensive care service and these neighbourhood teams will mean that those people who often require the most support will benefit from seamless care which is specifically tailored to their individual needs.

These future services will be easier to access, with one single point of contact and a shared electronic care record instead of different appointments with different professionals.

Mr Tinson added: “By bringing together health and care professionals from different organisations to work in teams, we’re able to shift the focus from just treating a medical condition to supporting people with all aspects of their health and wellbeing according to what matters most to them.

“As a result, local people will benefit from better care and better outcomes. We are already seeing some of these benefits from the launch of the extensive care service.”

The money received will cover the year 2016/17 and comes from a national NHS transformation fund.

For more information about the vision for the future of healthcare on the Fylde Coast please visit: www.yourcareourpriority.nhs.uk.