Welcome to the Fylde Coast

Sunset over the Ribble estuary

Welcome to the website of NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG.

Although they remain separate statutory organisations, the two CCGs on the Fylde Coast work very closely together to make sure people living across the region receive the best possible care in the most efficient and cost-effective way.

We launched our joint website as a demonstration of this strong partnership working across the two CCGs and to make information as accessible as possible for all people living on the Fylde Coast.

Our population

The are 352,000 people in Blackpool, Fleetwood, Thornton-Cleveleys, Poulton-le-Fylde, Garstang, Great Eccleston, Over Wyre, Lytham St Annes, Kirkham, Wesham, and the surrounding villages.

Understanding the demographics is vital to providing the best quality health and care services for the region and maintaining a strong relationship with the population that we serve.

The region has the largest proportion of people aged 50+ in Lancashire and one of the lowest percentages of people under the age of 15 in the county.

Since the 1970s the Department for Communities and Local Government and its predecessors have calculated local measures of deprivation in England. This Government analysis – which gives areas a score, the higher scores indicating larger levels of deprivation – scored Blackpool at 42, significantly above the national average of 21.8. This is also much higher than the scores in Fylde (14.4) and Wyre (19.4).

Life expectancy for men in Blackpool is 74.2 years, again below the national average of 79.5. And for women life expectancy in Blackpool is 79.5 years where the national average is 83.1. Again, there is quite a disparity when it comes to neighbouring areas where Fylde has a life expectancy of 79.2 years for men and 82.7 years for women, and Wyre 79 years for men and 82.5 years for women.

There is a significantly smaller percentage of ethnic minority groups compared to the rest of the North West, England and Wales – 2.65 per cent of residents across the area covered by Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre are classed as ethnic minorities compared to 9.9 per cent in the North West and 14 percent in England.

Our challenges

We want the very best health and care system for people living on the Fylde Coast. We want to create the health and care services people have told us they want. We come to work each day to make life better for local people – to support better health and wellbeing and to deliver better services. Many of us who work for health and care services locally live on the Fylde Coast. It’s natural that we want the best for our families, friends and communities.

Despite our best efforts, this is proving difficult due to some really tough challenges. The pressure the health and care sector is under is well documented and it is rarely out of the news.

We are all living longer and often with more long-term complex conditions as a result, meaning we require a greater input from health and care services for a longer period of time. Through no fault of anyone’s this creates extra demand on services and the limited financial resources available.

This demand is rising faster than our budgets are increasing, and so we are facing a funding gap. In order to provide the best health and care system for people living on the Fylde Coast we need to make the best use of the ‘Fylde Coast pound’. We can achieve this by better working together to improve quality and reduce duplication. We are all responsible for ensuring we make the best use of the resources available to us.

We also know that on the Fylde Coast we have significantly high rates of hospital admissions for self harm in people of all ages but especially young people, as well as increasing rates of alcohol-related hospital admissions across Blackpool and Wyre and high levels of smoking and smoking-related illness in Blackpool.

Last updated on 13 February 2019 at 13:41 by communications and engagement manager