What is Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria?
These priority areas are; prevention, mental health, local care, health and social care, hospitals and urgent care. You can read more about them in our draft plan.
We have provided a summary for each area below, click on a block to find out more.
Traditionally, we focus on getting better once we're ill. We're going to shift the focus now to helping people look after themselves, making healthy choices, so they stay fit and healthy for as long as possible.
To do this we’ll be:
Across Lancashire and South Cumbria, children, young people and adult mental health needs are not being treated together with their physical needs.
We know that this can lead to a variety of issues such as social isolation and selfharm. This also results in physical health conditions being left untreated and people dying early.
We will support people with teams close to home, providing support for mental health in A&E departments to take into account both physical and mental health needs, whilst reducing pressure on services.
We think we should invest more money into GP services and community care across Lancashire and South Cumbria.
That means investing more in the services that people use everyday, with more care delivered locally.
Everyday tests and investigations, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, managing minor injuries and minor surgery can be provided closer to home.
Services should be working together to support you and your family, this means that the focus is not on health alone, but also includes social care services too.
To do this, we want to:
We want to make sure people receive the very best care at their nearest hospital, or a more specialisted hospital where specific expertise is required. We know this approach saves lives.
However, we also know travel can be a big issues, the geography of our region is diverse, with a congested road network and rural areas with access problems.
So, we want to provide services locally, so people only have to travel further when it’s absolutely necessary.
This will mean hospitals sharing staff and resources, working with local community services to get the right care out of hospital and making sure quality, safety and waiting time targets are met.
We’re also going to be looking in detail at how specialist services are provided, aiming to make the best use of our facilities and our expert staff. This may mean having highly specialist services in one location in centres of excellence.
By urgent care we mean when you need care that should not wait for a routine appointment, such as a minor injury or sudden raised temperature. This is different from emergency care, which is a life or limbthreatening illness or injury where waiting would be catastrophic.
We know that many people go to A&E because it is perceived to be the only option which is always available for them, or if they're unsure if their illness or injury is an emergency.
Instead, they should be getting help on the phone (NHS111), online (NHS Choices), through a pharmacist, GP or walkin centre. All of these can give people easily accessible information.
However, we know urgent and emergency care is still needed.
We want to have: