New national funding for Better Care Together

Better Care Together, the strategy for the NHS across South Cumbria and North Lancashire, has been awarded almost £5million of national funding for 2016-17, bringing the total amount of funding over the past year to around £9million.

The additional funds will allow us to accelerate some of the schemes planned, including work across ophthalmology, cardiology and muscular-skeletal conditions, as well as changing the way local organisations work together by introducing an accountable care system, and  developing IT systems which will benefit patient care.

Receiving around £9million in Morecambe Bay is a vote of confidence in the work undertaken locally so far. Our challenge now is to make changes in the way local services work together. We will be working with each of our local communities to understand what is important to them about their health and wellbeing.

The proposal is to ensure the money is spent on making changes that will see  better health outcomes for the people of Morecambe Bay.

The new investment will allow the programme to focus on a number of objectives, which include:

To improve out of hospital care, Integrated Care Communities are being established allowing healthcare priorities to be tailored to a community;

  • Bringing care closer to people’s homes;
  • Making improvements to urgent care so patients see the right person, in the right place at the right time
  • Making improvements to children’s services;
  • Enabling organisations to work together more closely, helping the public have a more joined-up experience as they move through the system.

These initatives will result in fewer patients being referred to hospital and fewer patients being admitted to hospital, with more appropriate forms of care arranged to support patients either in or closer to their homes.

The money is being invested locally as part of the national New Care Models Programme. Better Care Together is one of 50 Vanguard sites across the country.