We work in partnership with many organisations; other NHS organisations, volunteer groups, charities, local councils. Working in partnership helps us deliver our strategy of delivering high quality care in the right place, at the right time, every time.
One of the hallmarks of the NHS Five Year Forward View is that the NHS should engage and work collaboratively with other organisations in the delivery of services. Partnerships are a great opportunity to share ideas, experience and learning.
This page shows a small selection of our wide range of partnerships. We will be updating it regularly, so please check back in to see our updates.
Gambling with health
We are working with Beacon Counselling Trust to develop a support and harm-minimisation programme for problem gamblers. Reports show that a problem gambler is more likely to have visited their GP in the last 12 months with a mental health issue, be accessing mental health services, or to have been a hospital inpatient within the last three months.
A shining partnership
The Harbour, our state of the art mental health hospital in Blackpool, is working together with Blackpool Council to support local people into employment placements, in order to help them gain the confidence and skills for future work. The Council has recognised this work with the Chance2Shine Employer Award. In the past two years the Trust’s involvement in the programme has provided then administration and eight Health and Wellbeing Worker placement opportunities across occupational therapy, health and wellbeing and reception team areas.
Partnering for places and people
Community Restart, our social inclusion service, teamed up with Places for People, local residents and volunteers in Wensley Fold, Blackburn to turn an old rubbish dump into a ‘Garden of Memories’, a place of peace for people to access in the community.
Supporting learning disabilities through partnership
An innovative pilot project led by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group and Lancashire Teaching Hospital Trust has led to more children under five with learning disabilities and autism receiving vital support at an earlier stage of their lives than before. The project, called ‘The ERIN Initiative’ (Education, Resources, Intervention and Networking), was introduced by Lancashire Care’s Learning Disability and Complex Needs Service in South Ribble to ensure children aged below five with developmental delay and/or autism receive appropriate support at an earlier stage of their lives.
Hairdressers and mental health
We work with Preston City Council, Alan Howard Wholesalers and Runshaw College to support stylists to become part of the interested wider workforce, enabling them to have conversations with their clients about their wellbeing.
Partnering across the public sector
An Integrated Community Wellbeing Service with Chorley Borough Council promotes health and wellbeing aimed towards prevention and early intervention. The service is about getting help and support for someone as early as possible and building resilience in communities to reduce reliance on services further down the line.
An integrated referrals hub allows referrals to be coordinated throughout the service resulting in improved patient care.
The original partnership between Lancashire Care and Chorley Council has spread to include the Richmond Fellowship, a third sector organisation working with our community restart team.
Research partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
Partnerships with universities and hospitals are a key part of our approach to research. Working with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, we secured £750,000 from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) over five years for a Lancashire Clinical Research Facility (CRF) on the Royal Preston site to boost our joint capacity for clinical trials.
For clinical staff, research studies enable them to keep learning and developing their own skills and experiences, through both theory and practice.
Taking partnerships outdoors
Myplace (‘Motivated Younger People Looking after Community Environments’) is an example of how we collaborate in innovative partnerships beyond traditional boundaries of health and care.
The partnership with Lancashire Wildlife Trust enables us to refer young people we encounter in our work to Myplace. The referrals give young people the opportunity to participate in ecotherapy environmental activities in their local green spaces. This will help to build resilience, enabling them to connect with nature, each other, to bring about positive benefits to their own health and mental wellbeing. In addition, their activity will help to improve local green spaces.
Sefton partnership for GPs
Four GP practices in the Sefton locality plus Ainsdale Village surgery will be taking part in the CVS Care Coordination pilot.
GPs refer patients into the CVS for needs that can be met around general health and wellbeing and other related services.
Partnering for heritage
Whittingham Lives is a two-year multi-faceted arts and heritage project aimed at researching, exploring, celebrating and critically reviewing the culture and legacy of the Whittingham Asylum in Preston from its opening in 1873, closure in the mid 1990s through to its demolition in 2016. The project wants to preserve for future generations a comprehensive record of the history, culture and achievements of Whittingham Asylum.
Supporting maternal mental health
As we develop our perinatal mental health inpatient unit, we are working with Action on Postpartum Psychosis, who will provide a Peer Support Worker to work alongside the new perinatal mental health service and participate in regional perinatal events/networks, and training in Postpartum Psychosis and severe mental illness in the perinatal period (where required) to various Trust departments and stakeholder groups.
The project will aim to develop and ensure a sustainable peer support network for people suffering from severe mental illness in and around the perinatal period.
Partnering to innovate
We are a key player in an innovative Test Bed programme, a joint programme with the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) which is funded by NHS England and is one of seven sites nationally.
The Test Bed will pioneer and evaluate new models of care for patients across four cohorts.
We host the LCIA and provide the core project team to manage all aspects of the programme. Other partners include local health and care bodies including Lancaster University, the Innovation Agency and both Fylde Coast and Better Together Vanguards supported by Lancaster Health Hub (LHH), an established NHS-University partnership comprising ten local organisations.
Industry partners offer specific technology platforms to help meet the programme objectives and include Philips Healthcare, uMotif, Simple Telehealth, Intelesant, Speakset, Cambridge Cognitive and The Good Things Foundation.
Bringing public and private together
We provide a WRaPT service which is a web based workforce repository and planning tool and expert workforce planning service. This is a North West service, commissioned by Health Education England (NW) and hosted by Lancashire Care. The service is delivered in partnership between us and GE Healthcare Partners, sharing expertise and intelligence from public and private sectors.
In league with football for mental health
Our Mindsmatter Team in Burnley has joined up with Burnley Football Club (the Clarets) to offer a unique first-of-its-kind course to youngsters aspiring to become professional footballers at Burnley Football Club. The course teaches participants some valuable Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques that would support them now and in the future with mental health challenges on and off the pitch.
Supporting Blackpool through partnership
We partner with Home Group on Home View, a 24 hours a day, supported housing service providing short-term accommodation for adults aged between 18-65 in the Blackpool area with mental health problems who have recently been discharged. The service supports those who no longer need clinical care in an inpatient setting but are unable to return to their home.
Children’s partnership with Lancashire County Council
We are a strategic partner with the Council in providing healthcare for the needs of children in Lancashire and the rehabilitation needs of adults with complex mental needs in relation to continued rehabilitation.
Partnering for Blackburn’s children
We have a longstanding relationship to deliver a 0 – 19 service (historically health visiting and school nursing) to the children and young people of BwD.
Lancashire Constabulary, Cumbria Police, HM Court Service and G4S
We work with the two police forces and other services to provide mental health liaison and diversion services.
Partnering across the board
Our partnership with the mental health and recovery charity Richmond Fellowship covers a range of services: Sparky’s Café at The Harbour which promotes social inclusion, Community Restart which provides opportunities and community connections for individuals to improve their health and wellbeing, a mental health decision unit in Blackpool, and Willow House crisis house in Coppull.
Partnering for women
We support the centre through the provision of mental health interventions and care at Lancashire Women’s Centres.
Neighbours as partners
We partner with our neighbouring Trust on an infant feeding service in Blackburn with Darwen.
Partnering in West Lancashire
We partner with West Lancashire Borough Council to deliver projects and programmes to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Partnering at the end of life
Our relationship with St Catherine’s Hospice is based on delivering end-of-life care.
Partnering for social inclusion
Making Space, a national mental health charity, partners with us to deliver social inclusion services, employment and peer support related activities to local communities.
Partnering for sexual health
We work with the sexual health charity Brook to provide a sexual health and contraception service to people of all ages in Blackburn with Darwen.
Friendship from our partners
Our partnership with Age Concern in Chorley is a holistic service supporting early intervention, such as befriending services.
Partnering for mental wellbeing
The Trust benefits from Lancashire Mind’s strategic focus on mental wellbeing and the organisation’s realistic self-assessment that mental wellbeing for all within Lancashire cannot be achieved by Lancashire Mind alone but as part of a large number of diverse agencies that need to interlink their work and collaborate in order to create an environment where universal mental wellbeing becomes the norm. The Trust also benefits from Lancashire Mind’s commitment to delivering equality for everyone living with a mental health condition by ensuring that every individual gets the support they require to participate as fully as possible in society. Successful delivery requires a co-ordinated approach with all providers working as a connected entity with a shared goal.
Partners for advocacy
The Trust’s service users benefit from n-compass’ independent advocacy service through which the rights of individuals, including Human Rights, are upheld. Carers of users of the Trust’s services, including mental health services, also benefit from the support which n-compass provides to carers by undertaking carers assessments. The Lancashire Wellbeing Service, which n-compass delivers in partnership with third sector organisations, Richmond Fellowship and Age Concern Central Lancashire, supports vulnerable adults at risk of health or social care crisis.
Living well with partners
The Trust partners with Livingwell Sefton, part of Sefton CVS, to pilot activity where GPs and LCFT Community teams refer patients into the CVS for needs that can be met around general health and wellbeing and other related services. This partnership is innovative and progressive and will have the potential to influence future models of delivery.
Sharing partnerships with communities
Lancashire Care works with GHS/National Forum for Health and Wellbeing to deliver Health MelaHealth Fair events which the general public can attend to gain vital information and access to services which relate to Health and Wellbeing. Trust teams including Quit Squad, the diabetes team and the Communicable Diseases Team, are an integral part of the Health Mela which can see up to 1,500 people in a day attending an event. The Melas make a vital contribution to improving the health knowledge of some of our most deprived communities
Partnering in diversity and equality
Lancashire LGBT helps the Trust with training, project work and day to day advice for both staff and service users. They also support services with working towards the LGBT Quality Mark and their role as Critical Friend is invaluable in ensuring that the Trust can provide accessible services which meet the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people.
A number of organisations help us understand the needs of people with sensory impairments and support us in meeting the obligations of the Accessible Communication Standards. Our work is informed by groups such as Deafway, Visually Impaired Forum Lancashire and Accrington Blind Society.
One Voice Blackburn is a community interest company that aspires to create an inclusive, cohesive and vibrant community in Blackburn with Darwen. They have worked with the Trust on a number of projects designed to reduce health inequalities and provide a valuable insight into the experiences of local people, in particular those from South Asian heritage communities.
Lancashire Learning Disability Partnership Board and Profound Intellectual and Multiple Disability (Complex Needs) Group are organisations working to improve health and social care of people in Lancashire. The Trust is represented at these meetings to understand how best to develop our services to meet the needs of the local people with learning disabilities and stay up to date with local and national issues and events.
Our East Lancs Community Restart team work with the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to increase engagement and activity through art sessions, practical conservation tasks and visits to local farms. This creates improved opportunities for social inclusion and the resulting benefits to mental wellbeing, the chance to visit an area which has been difficult to access in the past, and new experiences and opportunities for those who attend.