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Glossary of terms

On this website and in our documents we have tried to speak in plain English to make these as easy to understand as possible. Here is a list of terms which may have been used or that you may have heard used and an explanation of what they mean.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP)

The partnership of NHS and other organisations working to deliver our 5 year Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Lancashire and South Cumbria that describes how we will improve quality, develop new models of care; improve health and wellbeing; and improve efficiency of services. More detail on this can be found here.

Local Delivery Partnership areas (LDP), becoming known as Integrated Care Partnerships (ICP)

Sub Lancashire and South Cumbria level systems i.e. Pennine, Fylde Coast, West Lancashire, Morecambe Bay, Central Lancashire (commissioners and providers). More information about these can be found here

Integrated Care System (ICS)

The whole system that we are seeking to create across Lancashire and South Cumbria (commissioners, providers and regulators). This has been updated to reflect the Refreshing NHS Plans 2018/19 publication (February 2018) and has previously been referred to as Accountable Care System.


Sub LDP area level systems e.g. Fleetwood, Millom etc, (which may or may not align to local authority districts, depending on local arrangements), based on local populations of between 30,000 and 50,000. In some areas these are referred to as Primary Care Networks, Integrated Care Communities or neighbourhoods. We are currently working towards a common language across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Place based commissioning

Commissioners organising themselves so that they collaborate together to address the challenges and improve the health of any defined population.

Collective Commissioning

Commissioning collaboratively across the whole geography of Lancashire and South Cumbria

Accountable Care Organisations

A single provider or an alliance of providers that work under one budget and one contract to deliver services to a population

Better Care Together

Better Care Together is the name for the work being carried out in Morecambe Bay. More information about these can be found here

Together: A Healthier Future

Together: A Healthier Future is the name for the work being carried out in Pennine Lancashire. More information about these can be found here

Our Health, Our Care

Our Health, Our Care is the name for the work being carried out throughout Greater Preston, Chorley and South Ribble. More information can be found here

Your Care, Our Priority

Your Care, Our Priority is the name for the work being carried out throughout Blackpool & Fylde Coast. More information can be found here

With you. For you.

With you. For you. Is the name for the work being carried out throughout West Lancashire. More information can be found here


Between January and September 2015, 50 vanguards were selected to take a lead on the development of new care models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.


This stands for Multispecialty Community Provider which is a type of vanguard moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community.


This is the process of planning, agreeing and monitoring services.


Clinical Commissioning Groups are clinically-led statutory NHS bodies responsible for the planning and commissioning of health care services for their local area.


The Care Quality Commission monitor, inspect and regulate health and social care services. They then publish their findings, including ratings to help people choose care.

Primary care

Primary care is the first point of contact for healthcare for most people. It is mainly provided by GPs (general practitioners) but community pharmacists, opticians, dentists and other community services are also primary healthcare providers.

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