New health and social care plan in Lancashire

  • An £89m plan set to improve health and social care in north Lancashire has been submitted to central government.

    In the Lancashire Better Care Fund plan, it highlights how Lancashire County Council, NHS England, NHS clinical commission groups, district councils and other organisations will work together to provide better services to residents. /images/careandsupport.jpg

    In the plan it says how organisations can meet challenges currently affecting health and social care, which includes an aging population, widening health gaps between different communities, financial constraints and an increase in demand for health and social care, reports the Lancashire Guardian.

    Some of the improvements set out in the plan include proactively identifying people at risk of crisis to co-ordinate their care, provide people with appointments closer to homes, enable fast recovery from hospital admissions and improve admirations systems so people don't have to keep filling in forms.

    County Coun Azhar Ali, chairman of Lancashire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: "The Better Care Fund plans will lead to real improvements for residents with complex health needs. Measures like improving training for staff to help prevent people going to hospital, doing more work to identify those at risk of deteriorating health and focusing on the frail and elderly will lead to big improvements in people's health. Providing more coordinated care to cater for people's specific needs is also an important part of the plans. These measures will avoid people getting into crisis situations, provide better quality services and improve value for money by making services more efficient and reducing administrative costs. Because each area faces different challenges, the plan sets out some specific priorities for each part of Lancashire."

    Hilary Fordham, chief commissioning officer at NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "The programme of work identified in our Better Care Fund plan will contribute to the wider Better Care Together programme that NHS Lancashire North CCG, along with NHS Cumbria CCG and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are currently undertaking. By finding ways of enabling our hospital, community and social care services to be much more joined up we can provide a service that offers high standards of care and experience for patients and staff, whilst at the same time reducing both inefficiencies and costs."

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