Firstly, I want to start today’s blog by hoping you all had a lovely holiday break.

I have several updates to share with you that I have been involved with since my last post.

In February, I attended a “Board-to-Board” meeting with Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As mentioned in my last blog, I was looking forward to this, as I consider it is important that we work together to achieve the best health outcomes for local people.

From the meeting we identified some areas where we can work closer together and this should prove to be valuable for the Fylde Coast.

As we work towards our 2030 Vision for Health and Care – the CCG is one of 64 across the country that has been approved by NHS England to commission general medical care functions (GP services). Though it will be a new area of work for the CCG, I believe it fits well with our future ambitions.

We’ve also taken note of the results from a Healthwatch survey that identified the main health and care issues for people across England.

The top three issues identified by Healthwatch are:

  • improving access to GPs;
  • greater focus around hospital discharge planning; and
  • making sure people are properly engaged and involved in discussions around changes to local services and in particular the impact of the Better Care Fund.

I’m pleased that we already have our ‘10 promises to you’ in place and we will continue to engage with our local Healthwatch to make sure we address the issues outlined above effectively in Fylde and Wyre during 2015.

Before I conclude this blog post, I’d like to wish our chief finance officer, Iain Stoddart, well in his new role which he will be undertaking in the near future. And I’m delighted that the CCG’s Council of Members, at their February meeting, approved the re-appointment of Kevin Toole, lay member for patient and public involvement for a further three years.

I do hope you all have a pleasant Spring and I look forward to writing my next post and continue to provide you with more of an insight into the CCG’s work.