Fylde Coast residents have say on local area

More than 1,500 people living across the Fylde Coast have given their views about what can be done to improve health and wellbeing in their communities.

In November 2018, Healthier Fylde Coast – a partnership of local organisations working together to improve health and wellbeing – launched a survey to better understand people’s perceptions about their local area.

The survey, which received a total of 1,679 responses, asked people about their community, how well local organisations worked together and how well the local NHS communicates its plans and priorities.

Nearly 95 per cent of people felt it was important for local services to work together to improve health and wellbeing – a great endorsement of the work which has being going on for some time across the Fylde Coast and supporting the aims of the NHS long term plan to see health and social care deliver integrated services for residents.

Forty six per cent of people were satisfied with how the local NHS communicates its plans and priorities, while 35 per cent were satisfied that it involves residents and patients.

The findings have been shared with the eight Fylde Coast neighbourhoods, which see GP practices, community health services, councils, the voluntary sector and local residents working together to improve health and care.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to people who have taken the time to fill in the survey: your views are so important to us.

“We’ve shared the results with our neighbourhood leads to help them develop their plans for how to make improvements to the communities they serve.

“We are committed to improving the way we communicate with and listen to patients and members of the public to ensure their views and experiences improve the services we deliver and the care we provide.”

The findings of the survey are available to view under the ‘neighbourhood development plans’ tab here.