A new and better system that involves integrating services to improve the way healthcare is delivered in Chorley is currently being developed by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Chorley Council.
The Chorley Community Wellbeing Service is being developed by Lancashire Care and Chorley Council to support community wellbeing by focusing on prevention and early intervention.
Phil Gooden, Service Integration Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“Services that focus on prevention and early intervention have a positive impact on individuals, communities and public services. This is because individuals and communities experience better outcomes and this is what the service is all about. This innovative new service is bringing together teams from Lancashire Care and Chorley Council, Richmond Fellowship, Lancashire Wellbeing Service, Age UK and Chorley Community Housing enabling them to work together in a truly integrated way into the Civic Centre, Union Street Chorley. The aim is to ensure that the local community has the support that it needs to live well and to better look after themselves.
“This integrated early intervention approach will reduce the reliance on statutory services and expensive interventions such as acute hospital admissions. Our combined local community-based approach means that our services will help build community resilience and better respond to the specific needs of the communities in Chorley rather than trying to apply a one size fits all approach.”
Councillor Bev Murray, who oversees the new service for Chorley Council, said:
“Although people won’t see a big physical change with what we are doing, there is lots of work going on behind the scenes to make sure both organisations are working much more closely for the benefit of residents. What this will mean is that when someone is in touch with us or Lancashire Care Foundation Trust, they get all the help and support they need in a much more coordinated way rather than us providing our services and there being no thinking as to what other support someone might need.
“Ultimately, we are hoping to provide better support to people earlier on so we don’t have people hitting a crisis situation and then taking up valuable space in our hospital or needing care and support, which costs a lot of money and could have been avoided. It’s all about preventing issues from developing in the first place and equipping people with the skills to lead healthy lifestyles so people feel better about themselves and can achieve their full potential.”
The new service was visited by Professor Heather Tierney-Moore, Lancashire Care’s Chief Executive; Sue Moore, Lancashire Care’s Chief Operating Officer; Gary Hall, Chief Executive of Chorley Council; and Jamie Carson, Deputy Chief Executive of Chorley Council.