What is Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria?
Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria celebrated the 70th birthday of the NHS in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire on Thursday 5th July with an NHS7Tea party which brought together staff and volunteers from across health, care and academia.
The event saw the launch of Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria’s NHS70 animation which celebrates the innovative work taking place across the region and reflects on health and care transformation over the past seventy years. As part of this reflection, local people, volunteers and staff have been sharing their memories and stories of the NHS demonstrating the impact it has had on health and wellbeing since its conception in 1948. You can read these stories and add your own by visiting our NHS70 website.
The University, who are also celebrating their 190th year, officially launched their ‘One Health’ strategy which aims to transform the landscape of health and social care across the North West.
Dr Amanda Doyle, GP and Chief Officer for Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “The pressures the NHS is under are well-known and so making best use of the money, staff and services we have is crucial. This means NHS and Local Authorities working in partnership to develop solutions to help people to live longer, healthier lives with organisations and groups in communities and our educational partners across Lancashire and South Cumbria. This is recognised in the ‘One Health’ strategy.”
‘One Health’ is a major project that will see the University integrate its health and social care disciplines under a single strategy and cohesive leadership. The strategy commits the University to taking a new holistic approach to healthcare education, stepping away from the traditional discipline silos and focusing key expertise and resources towards the same health improving agenda.
UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “Health issues are often societal in nature. Lifestyle, education, nutrition and environment all have a role to play and it is only by looking beyond the immediate needs of an individual patient, through inter-disciplinary collaboration, that we can help to fix these macro issues. The ‘One Health’ strategy is the University’s contribution to helping alleviate these challenges and the health inequalities faced by people and communities across the North West.”
You can view more photos from the event on UCLan’s Flickr account.
Download the One Health Strategy