Sefton is a vibrant and diverse borough and whilst overall health is improving, significant gaps in health and life expectancy remain between those living in the areas most and least deprived areas.

The ageing population is growing much faster than the national average, increasing future demand for health and care services. The number of people with long term conditions, sensory impairment, dementia, cancer and other health problems is growing, as is the number of children with complex health and care needs.

Sefton2gether is the borough wide five year plan for the NHS that aims to address these factors. The plan responds to the NHS Long Term Plan and has been developed by a wide range of partners across health and care and informed by the views of local residents. It builds on the earlier Shaping Sefton programme and its vision of community centred health and care.

Sefton2gether also supports the delivery of the Health and Wellbeing strategy, Living Well in Sefton that was co-produced between the local authority and the borough’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), together with their wider partners, including Sefton’s vibrant voluntary, community and faith sector.

Together, partners across the borough have a collective vision to create services that are integrated, so they work seamlessly together to improve the lives of Sefton residents so that everyone has a fair chance of a positive and healthier future. Work to achieve the vision is being progressed through four interconnected programmes of work:

  1. Primary Care Networks, of which there are four across the borough, providing services through multidisciplinary teams that are centred on GP practices.
  2. Sefton Provider Alliance, which is a partnership of organisations who are working together to deliver care closer to home.
  3. Integrated Commissioning, which is developing a joint approach to planning and developing personalised services in response to the needs to of local people.
  4. Improving hospital care, to ensure acute and specialist services continue to meet the needs of residents into the future.

This approach will not only improve patients’ experience of their care and treatment but also help ensure services remain sustainable into the future. It will see hospital, community, mental health, social care and primary care services (including general practice) being even more focused around the needs of the local population.

The partnership approach described in Sefton2gether is built up from community level, using local expertise and knowledge, whilst taking into account the specific needs of each of the differing areas of the borough.

If Sefton was a village of just 100 people…


Children are overweight or obese by year 6


Adults suffer from depression


5-16 year olds have a MH disorder


Will die from cancer


Adults are overweight or obese


Adults under 40 have Type 2 diabetes


People are living with a long term condition


Will die from heart disease


Are smokers


Is the average age that women will live to


People take less than 30 mins exercise a week


Is the average age that men will live to


People are over 75 years of age

To download the ‘If Sefton was a village of just 100 people’ infographic, please click here.

View the place plan

Sefton’s Place plan incorporates the requirements of the NHS Long Term Plan and details the footprint’s priorities for the next five years and how these will be achieved. Please click here to see Sefton’s place plan.

Find out more about who’s involved

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer of NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, is the Place lead for Sefton. To find out more about Fiona, please visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website and the NHS Southport and Formby CCG website.

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