Better Care Together
(Morecambe Bay Health Community)
The partners of this vanguard are all members of the Better Care Together Programme, working on behalf of the population of Morecambe Bay, which has 365,000 residents.
They include four NHS trusts: University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust; Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.
The vanguard also includes North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) and two clinical commissioning groups: NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group.
Two Local Authorities, Lancashire County Council and Cumbria County Council, are also in the vanguard, together with two GP provider federations, the North Lancashire Medical Group and the South Cumbria Primary Care Collaborative.
The Vanguard will create a system that will take responsibility for the whole health and social care needs of the population within a single budget.
This will mean a smaller, more productive hospital service working hand-in-hand with integrated out of hospital services.
It will focus on keeping individuals, families and communities healthy, developing capacity in general practice and community services, and focusing the hospital on the services only it can deliver.
This means that patients who work full time office hours, for example, should have greater access to services at times that suit them, as the Better Care Together programme will develop more services and capacity in a setting closer to patients’ homes.