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Better Care Together

Public Engagement

Shaping our plans

Bay Health and Care Partners (the Partners) - made up of local GPs, hospitals, as well as doctors, nurses and community social care - have been working together since 2014 to deliver a plan, Better Care Together, to improve health and social care services across the area. 

Developing our plan for the next 5 years

We are developing a five-year plan for health and social care in Morecambe Bay. Your feedback has helped us to clearly understand our priorities for the next five years and make sure we are targeting the things that are most important to you, your family and your community.

Our first step in preparing our plan was to listen to people’s views and to share our challenges and the priorities we intend to work towards. We invited the public, patients and the wider civic community of Morecambe Bay to give their views on the effectiveness of our priorities to meet the challenges ahead. 

We asked for views on our next steps for the local long-term future for health and social care services in the Morecambe Bay area. This also links to the long-term plan for the NHS which has set national priorities and the regional plans for the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria.


Since 2014, Better Care Together has:

  • Become part of the national Atrial Fibrillation programme: we are identifying patients on GP registers who are at risk of a stroke and would benefit from anti-coagulation medication. This will reduce strokes and prevent unnecessary hospital admissions
  • Developed nine Integrated Care Communities (ICCs) around the Bay. These ICCs are integrating primary and community care (such as district nurses, social workers and physios) closer to home, particularly working with patients with complex needs and reducing the need for hospital admissions
  • Set out a population health framework and strategy and working with partners on a clear set of initiatives for the next 5 years
  • Developed a new frailty pathway to help to identify older people who may need earlier support (both health and social care) to maintain their independence in their own home.
Better care together public engagement document

Engagement outcome

Thank you to everyone who shared their views and ideas about our new strategy. Please download the file below to view the outcomes of our public engagement.

When will your strategy be final and will it be shared?

Our strategy will be developed in the autumn and shared in November 2019. It will be published on our website and shared widely with our partners across the Morecambe Bay area. If you would like to be kept informed, please let us know by getting in touch.

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