The Fylde coast has been chosen as a pioneer to integrate health and social care in a bid to reduce emergency hospital admissions.
NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will work as partners with the aim of making health and social care services work together.
It is hoped better support will consequently be provided at home and earlier treatment will be available in the community to prevent people needing emergency care in hospital or care homes.
In November 2013, 14 areas were named as ‘integrated care pioneers’, and a further 11 areas – including the Fylde coast – were announced by the Department of Health as part of the second wave of the programme yesterday.
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said: “Through the original pioneers we have already seen the difference joining up health and care can have in reducing unnecessary emergency admissions and helping people to live independently for longer.
“I hope these new pioneers will do the same for their local community.”
A spokesman for the three Fylde coast partner organisations said: “We are delighted the Fylde coast has been chosen to become an integrated care pioneer.
“This recognises the hard work that has taken place by all partners.
“Our plans for the Fylde coast involve providing much more personalised and co-ordinated community-based care for older patients with a number of complex long-term conditions and the greatest health needs.”