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Better Care Together, looking at how hospital services will link to wider health services in the community and primary care.

Better care togetherLocal NHS organisations including NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, and Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group are all working together to develop a strategy called ‘Better Care Together’, to look at how hospital services linking to wider health services in the community and primary care will work in the future.

All three organisations have committed to ensure that they include the views of public, patients, healthcare professionals and wider stakeholders in the ongoing development of this process.

As part of the ‘Better Care Together’ project all three organisations have jointly employed TNS BMRB an independent research company to carry out a wide range of engagement activities to support this process.

The demands upon the NHS both nationally and locally are changing and the plan to look at health services across the area is a response to these pressures which include;

  • An ageing population
  • An increase in people with long term conditions
  • New modern and expensive treatments
  • Limited financial resources
  • Disparate population

In addition the hospitals around the Morecambe Bay area have faced a number challenges over the last 18 months. Although many of these issues have now been resolved, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust continue to work with regulators and the local NHS organisations to ensure services are of a high quality and remain safe and sustainable for many years to come.

GPs as part of clinical commissioning groups are playing a major part in these discussions and are responsible for deciding how and where local health services should be delivered.

More information on Better Care Together can be found online at www.bettercaretogether.co.uk|

The Better Care Together Strategy is available here|.

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