Empowering people and communities

Empowering people and communities

People living across the Fylde Coast have started working together to improve health and wellbeing in their local areas.

The area’s NHS has worked closely with Public Health to bring groups of people together to look at ways they can improve health.

This has seen GP practices working with local groups to set up projects including singing clubs, arts projects and friendship groups to combat loneliness and isolation.

The King’s Fund Research describes how involving people in designing health services encourages communities to take an active responsibility towards health.

The local NHS has worked collaboratively with neighbourhoods to build positive working relationships in order to develop and implement plans to improve health, with primary care teams, local authority, voluntary and community sector organisations and patients, public and informal carers all working together.

Our main priorities are to focus on healthy lifestyle choices, increase levels of social prescribing, value the role of people and communities in their health and wellbeing, support and integrate the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector.

NHS teams on the Fylde Coast have begun working with communities to look at ways they can come together to improve health and wellbeing.

The approach has been slightly different in Fylde and Wyre to that in Blackpool.

In Fylde and Wyre, the CCG has worked closely with its neighbourhoods – Fleetwood, Wyre (Thornton and Poulton), Lytham St Annes, Ansdell and Freckleton, Kirkham and Wesham, and Wyre Rural (Over Wyre, Great Eccleston and Garstang) – to develop project work that is unique to those individual areas, but meeting six key principles.

These were:

  • Care and support is person-centred: personalised, coordinated, and empowering.
  • Services are created in partnership with citizens and communities.
  • Focus is on equality and narrowing inequalities.
  • Carers are identified, supported and involved.
  • Voluntary, community and social enterprise and housing sectors are involved as key partners and enablers.
  • Volunteering and social action are recognised as key enablers.

In Blackpool, the CCG worked with Shared Futures and Blackpool Council’s Public Health team to develop a number of citizens health inquiries.

These have so far taken place in the Central West, Far North and South Blackpool neighbourhoods.

Last updated on 2 January 2019 at 16:09 by communications manager