At the heart of our Partnership is our commitment to improving the health and well-being of local people, reducing health inequalities and creating a safe and sustainable health and care system that is fit for the future – and future generations to come.
We aim to deliver radical and rapid improvements that result in better services, better value for money and better quality of care. To do this, we must think differently – modernising services in a way that builds on the views of local people, strengthens local decision-making and sets out ambitious plans to overcome the significant challenges these services face.
In every community across the region, we want to support people, empowering them to take responsibility for their own well-being and to live well.
The biggest improvements to population health will require health, social care and public services to work collaboratively and we are driving this joint working. Local teams made up of people working in health, education, housing and other services are working together with people and their families to keep them well for longer, reducing the need for more complex and costly care where possible.
Joined up care means health, social care services and other professionals working more closely together, with more services delivered locally where possible. This means GPs, community nurses, therapists, social workers, voluntary and community services, along with those in local communities, working together to provide more integrated care and new models of care to meet the needs of our changing population.
Our place-based approach aims to provide more services in the community, allowing hospitals to focus on providing specialist care that can’t be provided at home or in a community setting. This approach is a person-centred, bottom-up approach which targets an entire community, and aims to address issues that exist at neighbourhood level, helping to meet the unique needs of people in that community.
By working together, health and care professionals will be more efficient and better able to improve outcomes for local communities. This will also help reduce demand for expensive hospital services by providing early help and support for self-care.
Health and care services are under increasing pressure across the country. Winter pressures, the demands of an ageing population (with increasing chronic health problems), changing care models and key workforce shortages – together with financial pressures on both the NHS and social care – mean there is an urgent need to transform our services.
One of our responsibilities is to ensure that the people of Cheshire and Merseyside continue to have access to safe, high quality and sustainable services, which also means making the best use of available resources. We need to bring Cheshire and Merseyside into long-term, sustainable financial balance, however, it is important that money does not drive our work.
Achieving long term financial balance is possible by removing unnecessary variation and duplication, whilst improving quality and delivering effective services. Across Cheshire and Merseyside, we have too much variation in the quality, access and outcomes in services depending on where you live. To remove these unwarranted variations, our models of care are designed and implemented to deliver quality services for everyone.
The Partnership is working to keep local people healthier, for longer – but when they do need to be looked after, it is our belief that people deserve care that is of a high quality, personal, joined-up, safe and reliable.