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Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions about the Our Health Our Care programme are here to help you find out what you want to know. If you have a question that is not on here, then please get in touch.

What is Our Health Our Care?

It is a local programme of work that brings together health and social care leaders from across Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston. Together we are working as part of the Our Health Our Care programme to overcome common challenges we face in delivering health and care services for local communities.

You can find out more about the different members of the Our Health Our Care programme here.

When will the next engagement events be?

We are pausing engagement activity at the moment to enable more conversations to take place with clinicians and wider partners as to how ideas might work in practice.

We are committed to involving people in local and regional work to improve health and social care services and we will continue to engage with you while we develop ideas. To keep up to date you can register for our newsletter here.

We will keep you informed about any changes that will require formal consultation in addition to our involvement processes, however we have not yet reached that stage.

How can I get in touch?

There are lots of different ways to get in touch with the Our Health Our Care programme, visit here for more information. Or if you want to hear from us, register for our newsletter here.

Why do you need to do this now?

There is much to be proud of in health and social care services in Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston however we have been delivering services in the same way for many years and increasingly, this is no longer meeting the needs of local people.

If we do not take action now and look at how things could be done differently, we may lose the opportunity to make changes and improve the care people receive. By working together today, we can become more joined-up and take the opportunity to build care around people and their needs.

Are you here to privatise the NHS?

We understand why we are asked this question, as it’s a concern to a lot of our residents. There are no plans either nationally or locally to change the fundamental basis on which the NHS was formed, which is that good healthcare should be available to all regardless of wealth. This is a core part of NHS values.

What do you want to achieve?

We have been talking to people to understand how care could be delivered differently and the ambitions of staff, patients and carers are high. Together we aim to improve the experience of care, raise the standards of care and save lives.

Together we are ambitious and want to build a new health and care system for central Lancashire that:

  • Supports people to live independently and enables access local help and services where possible
  • Uses what resources we have in a joined up way to increase the number of people having positive experiences of care
  • Uses IT and technology better
  • Supports the recruitment and retention of staff
  • Reduces variation and fragmentation in health and social care
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