Clinicians help to shape Fylde Coast health and care priorities

Clinicians from across the Fylde Coast recently came together to help plan what health and care services will look like in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre over the next five years.

More than 40 representatives from across the health and care sector attended a workshop event which was held at Blackpool Victoria Hospital on 12 November.

The aim of the event was to help shape and inform a five year health and care strategy for the Fylde Coast which is being developed by a partnership of local NHS and council organisations – known as the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership.

  • Clinicians looked at a number of areas including:
  • Preventing ill health and improving wellbeing
  • Making sure primary care and community based care is fit for purpose in the future
  • Seeing improvements in mental health, cancer, urgent and emergency, and planned care
  • Improving the quality of care
  • Using resources efficiently and making the best use of money by working in partnership

They were asked to prioritise different areas of work and think about when these should be delivered over the next five years.

Dr Adam Janjua, chair of the Clinical Senate and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It’s really important that clinicians from across the Fylde Coast have a direct influence in shaping our strategy and determining our priorities for the next five years – their experience and expertise is invaluable.

“We’re facing some significant challenges on the Fylde Coast, such as an ageing population, significant levels of deprivation and an increasing demand for services. The clinicians were asked to put their organisational boundaries to one side and work together to look at which areas should be prioritised in order to address some of these challenges.”

Clinicians from organisations such as the North West Ambulance Service, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Trust, Trinity Hospice, Fylde Coast CCGs, as well as a number of GPs, took part in the workshops.

Brian Buck, advanced paramedic clinical lead for the North West Ambulance Service, praised the event: “It’s been a really good and informative session and the knowledge around the table is really exceptional.”

Dr Gillian Au, Medical Director at Trinity Hospice and a GP for 30 years, said: “[The session] has been very good, very collaborative with lots of ideas and lots of chances for everybody to have their say.”

Attendees realised that there are a lot of things in the NHS Long Term Plan that must be done, making delivery of these a priority. But how these are delivered will, in most cases, be determined by local ideas/expertise.

The feedback from the event – along with previous patient and public insight – is now being used to help shape the first draft of the five year strategy. Further engagement on the strategy is planned for early 2020.