NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was established in April 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2012

A strategic partnership is being developed between Lancaster University (LU) and NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG. This is aligning three local exciting and innovative NHS England funded initiatives. Colleagues from the CCG, University and others involved in the Fylde Coast Vanguard, Test Bed and Healthy New Town recently attended the Health and Care Expo Conference to share information on this innovative work and how it is being aligned. This is attracting great national attention.

Lancaster Health Hub is supporting the Lancashire and Cumbria Innovation Alliance (LCIA) Test Bed to work well together with the Fylde Coast Vanguard. This includes connecting to the Telehealth group and other work streams to facilitate engagement with colleagues. Technological solutions are being tried with patient cohorts including those living with dementia and long-term conditions.

Both organisations are ‘Whyndyke Garden Village’ Healthy New Town partners, shaping the vision and development of a master plan for a new 1400 home development in Fylde and Blackpool. This is to support implementing new models of care and the health and wellbeing of future residents, with ongoing links for engagement and knowledge exchange with LU Health Innovation Campus.

Via the University-CCG partnership further joint opportunities have been identified for Lancaster University Management School and the Centre for Education, Training and Development to assist the CCG in accelerating change and shifting to a new organisational form. This includes planning local evaluation with health economic input and shared learning towards sustainability. Another area of collaborative working is building motivational interviewing skills of staff towards cultural change for greater self-care alongside using Patient Activation Measures successfully bid for.

Sarah McTigue (Partnership Development Manager), CCG Communications and Engagement and Lancashire County Council Public Health and Wellbeing Colleagues recently co-produced part of a Neighbourhood Event. This was focused on population health and asset based approaches. Sakthi Karunanithi (Director of Public Health and Wellbeing) introduced the session with GPs, Practice Managers, Commissioners, other local authorities and third sector representatives. An interactive quiz based on public health data profiles raised some surprises, an overview of inspiring examples of GPs engaging communities to improve health were well received and group work took place.