Blackpool residents are being invited to find out more about plans to transform local healthcare and have their say on future services.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackpool Council are joining forces to stage three events specifically for people from Blackpool to talk about local services.
It comes as organisations across the whole Fylde coast continue working together to revolutionise local healthcare by introducing ‘new models of care’.
These new models of care refer to the way in which healthcare services are arranged, provided and accessed regardless of whether you have multiple complaints, a single long-term condition or just the occasional bout of ill health.
Crucial to these plans is the better organisation of health, social and third sector services. This means that in the future, professionals from different organisations will work much more closely together to coordinate the care they provide to local people.
This has already begun to happen with the launch of the extensive care service on the Fylde Coast. Extensive care is a community based service or people over 60 with two or more long-term conditions.
Under the service, patients benefit from one harmonised team of health and social care professionals working together to provide the support that they require. This includes helping people to understand and manage their health conditions but also other aspects of their life which might impact upon their general wellbeing.
In addition to this, healthcare bosses would like to modernise the support people with one long-term condition receive so that this is much more proactive and accessible closer to home.
Dr Amanda Doyle, a Blackpool GP and chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool CCG said: “Our plans for local healthcare are driven by the aim of improving people’s experiences of the services they receive. We know from talking to members of the public previously that care is sometimes disjointed between several organisations and people often aren’t sure of how to best access healthcare when they need it.
“This leads to bad experiences for people when they do need support but it also adds unnecessary pressure to the healthcare system.
“Hospitals and GP practices are increasingly under pressure so by making better use of the resources we have through coordinating these more we can not only improve the patient experience but also help ease some of that pressure.
“It’s important that we share our plans of how we aim to do this with local people and give them the opportunity to shape the services they receive.”
The events will take place as follows:
- Monday, May 16, Solaris Centre, Blackpool Promenade, 2.30pm-4.30pm.
- Wednesday, May 18, Brunswick Room, Blackpool Central Library, Queen Street Blackpool 2pm-4pm.
- Tuesday, May 24, Blackpool City Learning Centre, Bathurst Ave, 10am-noon.
Dr Doyle added: “I would very much encourage members of the public to attend one of our events. We welcome any questions, comments or views which you may have.”
Places are limited so if you would like to attend any of the above events please confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01253 956594.
For more information about the vision for the future of healthcare on the Fylde Coast please visit: www.yourcareourpriority.nhs.uk.
Notes to editors:
- Organisations on the Fylde Coast are working together as part of the national ‘vanguard’ programme. These organisations are: NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust; Lancashire County Council; and Blackpool Council.
- The vanguards programme is one of the first steps towards delivering the NHS Five Year Forward View.
- Each vanguard area is taking a lead on the development of new models of care which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system.
- For more information about the Fylde Coast vanguard programme please visit: yourcareourpriority.nhs.uk.
For further information about this press release please call the communications team at Blackpool CCG on 01253 956594.