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Working Together

We work alongside a variety of different organisations to make sure that we provide high quality care, in the right place, at the right time, every time.

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Acute Trusts

The following are the Acute Trusts in Lancashire:

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

01253 300000

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Burnley General - 01282 425071

Royal Blackburn Hospital (Trust HQ) - 01254 263555

Pendle Community Hospital - 01282 425071

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chorley & South Ribble District General Hospital - 01257 261222

Royal Preston Hospital - 01772 716565

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Furness General Hospital - 01229 870870

Royal Lancaster Infirmary - 01524 65944

Westmorland General Hospital - 01539 732288

Queen Victoria Hospital - 01524 405700

Ulverston Community Health Centre - 01229 484045

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

From April 2013, responsibility for commissioning health services transferred from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). CCGs are groups of GPs that are responsible for designing local health services. In England they do this by commissioning or buying health and care services. CCGs work with patients and healthcare professionals and in partnership with local communities and local authorities. On their governing body, they have, in addition to GPs, at least one registered nurse and a doctor who is a secondary care specialist. CCGs have boundaries that do not normally cross those of local authorities. They are responsible for arranging emergency and urgent care services within their boundaries, and for commissioning services for any unregistered patients who live in their area. All GP practices belong to a CCG.

There are 8 CCGs in Lancashire, as follows:

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG
Chair: Mr Graham Burgess
Tel: 01254 778364

NHS Blackpool CCG
Chair: Mr Roy Fisher
Tel: 01253 651261

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG
Chair: Dr Gora Bangi
Tel: 01772 644400

NHS East Lancashire CCG
Chair: Dr Phil Huxley
Tel: 01282 644700

NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG
Chair: Mary Dowling
Tel: 01253 306305

NHS Greater Preston CCG
Chair: Dr Dinesh Patel
Tel: 01772 644400

NHS Lancashire North CCG
Chair: Dr Alex Gaw
Tel: 01524 831931

NHS West Lancashire CCG
Chair: Dr John Caine
Tel: 01695 588000


Subject to the parliamentary passage of the Health and Social Care bill, Healthwatch are the new consumer champion for both health and adult social care. It exists in two distinct forms - Local Healthwatch, at local level, and Healthwatch England, at national level. Local Involvement Networks (LINks) were replaced by Local Healthwatch in April 2013.

The aim of Local Healthwatch is to give citizens and communities a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care services are provided within their locality. Local Healthwatch has evolved from existing LINks, but with additional functions and powers. They will also have a seat on the Health and Wellbeing Board to ensure the needs of people are taken into account by the organisations that provide health and social care services.

The three Local Healthwatchs the Trust is engaged with are Healthwatch Lancashire, Healthwatch Blackpool and Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen:

Healthwatch Lancashire
Chair: Michael Wedgeworth
CEO: Gill Brown
Tel: 0300 3018811

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen
Chair: Sir Bill Taylor
CEO: Mark Rasburn
Tel: 01254 504985

Healthwatch Blackpool
Board of Directors: Mary Whyman, Eddy Jackson, Dr Mike Davis, Katie Burrell
Service Manager: Steven Garner
Tel: 01253 622222

Health and Wellbeing Boards

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established Health and Wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.

Each top tier and unitary authority will have its own health and wellbeing board. Board members will collaborate to understand their local community's needs, agree priorities and encourage commissioners to work in a more joined up way. As a result, patients and the public should experience more joined-up services from the NHS and local councils in the future. The boards will help give communities a greater say in understanding and addressing their local health and social care needs.

Health and wellbeing boards are a key part of broader plans to modernise the NHS to ensure stronger democratic legitimacy and involvement, strengthen working relationships between health and social care, and encourage the development of more integrated commissioning of services.

The Trust is engaged with:

Health and Wellbeing Board Blackburn with Darwen

Health and Wellbeing Board Blackpool

Health and Wellbeing Board Lancashire

Insight Network for Mental Health

The Insight Network for Mental Health works in collaboration with other third sector organisations across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen. The Network provides a forum to share best practice and experiences and provides joint training opportunities. It strengthens the relationship with commissioners and raises awareness of the services provided by the Third Sector. The Insight Network facilitates collaborative working amongst partnership members, identifies and responds to gaps in mental health service provision across Lancashire and meaningfully engages with service users and carers.

Insight Network
Chair: Peter Glenn
Network Director: Katharine M. Wykes
Tel: 07872 109 397

Lancashire Association of Councils for Voluntary Service (LACVS)

The Lancashire Association of Councils for Voluntary Services (LACVS) is the body through which Lancashire's seven Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) work together. CVS are charities that support and promote the vital work of the Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector. They offer practical help so that new VCF groups can form to meet need in their community and existing organisations can develop and become stronger.

CVS also enable VCF groups in their area to have a voice and influence policy and decision making by organisations like local councils and health organisations. Lancashire's eight CVS have strong local roots whilst collectively having links to around 4,500 VCF organisations across Lancashire.

The 6 Councils for Voluntary Service in Lancashire are as follows:

Blackburn with Darwen CVS
Tel: 01254 583957

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde CVS
Tel: 01253 624505

Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale CVS
Tel: 01282 433740

Hyndburn and Ribble Valley CVS
Tel: 01254 888614

Lancaster CVS
Tel: 01524 555900

West Lancashire CVS
Tel: 01695 733737

Lancashire Mind

Lancashire Mind Ltd is an independent local charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. The organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is comprised of people with an interest in mental health issues and a number of service users who have full voting rights on the Board. In addition to the Association Office (AO), they provide a range of day services, supported housing, floating support and health & wellbeing activities to local people suffering from a range of mental health needs. All their services are designed to be outcome focused, aimed at promoting independence, confidence and self-esteem.

Lancashire Mind
CEO: Stewart Lucas
Tel: 01257 231660

Making Space

Making Space works in healthcare, support and enablement services, originally supporting people affected by mental health conditions. More recently the organisation has resolved to use all of the experience it has gained to extend its service to any group of people who are in need of care and support, including physical and/or mental health conditions and people with learning disabilities and dementia, and their carers.

Making Space operates across the UK. Our local area is West of England and Wales; incorporating Cumbria, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire & Wales.

Making Space
Tel: 01925 571680

Members of Parliament

The Trust regularly engages with 16 local Members of Parliament across Lancashire.

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Overview and Scrutiny Committees

Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees (OSCs) are responsible for monitoring and regulating key service integration. NHS Trusts are required to consult with the Committee with respect to any proposed and significant changes to the pattern or location of local services.

In summary, Overview and Scrutiny Committees can:

Review and scrutinise all matters relating to the planning, provision and operation of health services in the area of the local authority.
Make reports and recommendations to local NHS bodies and their local authority on any matter reviewed or scrutinised, and must be consulted by NHS bodies on any proposal for a substantial development or variation in health services.
Have matters referred to them by Healthwatch
Require the attendance of a local NHS body to provide information to them.

The three OSCs that the Trust is engaged with are from Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Lancashire County Council OSC
Tel: 01772 534580

Blackpool Council OSC
Tel: 01253 477034

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council OSC
Tel: 01254 585373

Voluntary Sector Lancashire

Voluntary Sector Lancashire is a recently formed strategic infrastructure organisation which has the aim of being the singular body that provides voice, representation, leadership and influence for Lancashire’s voluntary sector.

Voluntary Sector Lancashire
Contact: Stewart Lucas
Tel: 01257 231660