Welcome to my blog. I will post updates about my recent activities, news and events or a particular topic of interest.

As chair I am committed to helping the CCG achieve its aims and ultimately improve the health of our local population.

I recently had the opportunity to visit Bispham and Rossall Therapy Units which are run by Spiral Health. They provide nurse led therapy services to help patients to rehabilitate from accidents, illness or major surgery. I was very impressed with the quality of both units and throughout my tour I heard lots of positive comments from patients about the care they were receiving. The enthusiasm and dedication of staff was obvious, I am sure this is a very significant factor in the positive experiences of patients.

Services of this kind make an effective contribution to ensuring patients have a good experience of care, reduce the length of time they need to spend in hospital and keep people fit and well for longer. I am very grateful to Tracy Bush, chief executive and her colleagues for inviting me to visit.

I also had a very productive meeting with Dr Zakyeya Atcha, public health consultant at Lancashire County Council and have since discussed with colleagues, how best to involve the public health function in our Governing Body meetings. We will be maintaining regular contact with the function, involving it in our commissioning work and supplemented by formal reports to the Governing Body once or twice a year from Public Health colleagues where we focus on progress with the public health and prevention elements of our 2030 Vision for Health and Care and other relevant public health campaigns and strategies. With this approach we hope to make best use of the valuable public health expertise that is available to us.

Ms Mary DowlingThe NHS Five Year Forward View was published recently. It sets out how the NHS has improved over the last 15 years but how we must all change to make sure that we continue to meet the challenges we face.

In the report, there is a strong emphasis on more engaged relationships with patients, carers and citizens to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health, alongside developing new models of care and exploiting the benefits of new technologies.

At NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG we believe that we already have good relationships with our partners and are continually working towards making sure our local health and social services are joined up. We are also currently developing new models of care and engaging with our partners and residents as we continue to progress these.

Whilst everyone will need to play their part in changing the NHS – system leaders, NHS staff, patients and the public – it is clear that CCGs and by extension general practice, will be centre stage.

I look forward to the CCG embracing this and remain optimistic about the future of the NHS.