Published Friday 6 January 2017 at 15:08
Residents are invited to get involved, debate and help shape the future of health and social care in East Lancashire at an upcoming engagement event.
NHS and local councils in Pennine Lancashire, which is made of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, are working together to change the way health and social care is delivered in the area.
Together they aim to meet the future health and social care needs of residents as well as meeting the tough financial challenge in the next few years.
The engagement event, at the Ace Centre in Nelson on Tuesday, January 24 will look to gather views and ideas on what works well, what needs improving and how to face the challenges ahead.
Arrival and registration, with tea and coffee, will begin from 5.30pm, with the event due to start at 6.15pm. It will be over by 8.15pm.
The last engagement event at the end of November proved to be a success with around 40 residents and other stakeholders in attendance at Haslingden Community Link & Children’s Centre.
On the night, guests were asked to test messages around different types of care and support and the winter care campaign as well as discussing ways to continue engaging with people in future.
Dr Phil Huxley, Chair of NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
There has been a lot of good work done in this area over the years to make us healthier but we can and we must do better. Everyone – residents, businesses, community groups – needs to play a part in helping create a new system for our area, one which meets today’s challenges as well as challenges we will face. We are holding this event to listen to the views and learn from the experiences of patients and members of the public – everyone is welcome and we are looking forward to hearing people’s contributions.
Graham Burgess, Chair of NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
We need your help, your support and most importantly your ideas to help shape the future. Of course, there will be some tough conversations to have as we develop the new system. We don’t have an unlimited pot of money. But we still have £1.07bn to spend on health and social care in the future. We need to make sure we use that money effectively and efficiently and develop a system which we can all be proud of.