Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust | Our Partnerships

Our Partnerships

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.

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.





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