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11 March 2010 at 11:46

NHS organisations across north Sefton and West Lancashire have unveiled proposals to ensure that local people benefit from faster, better health care.

NHS Central Lancashire, NHS Sefton and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have agreed in principle to create a new organisation which will see real partnership and the bringing together of services from primary care and hospital that are currently separate.

A number of options have been considered, and local NHS leaders believe that the creation of an integrated care organisation (ICO) is the way forward. They see the proposed ICO as an opportunity to improve patients’ experience of health services and, where appropriate, offer treatment closer to home or in the home.

A programme of detailed discussions and engagement with NHS staff, stakeholders, patients and the public is being planned before a final decision is made.

The initial proposals are supported by clinical leaders.

Dr Geraldine Boocock, medical director at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said: “We believe that creating an integrated care organisation will give people better continuity of care, as clinical teams will work between the hospital and the community.

“Organisational barriers will be removed, so patients will get faster access to treatment. And we will be able to focus together on some of the serious health problems that people in our area live with, such as diabetes and heart disease.”

Staff too will benefit from sharing established good practice from one area to another. A number of new career pathways and job roles are anticipated as new ways are developed to meet patients’ needs.

The next step is for initial proposals to be submitted to NHS North West, the regional strategic health authority, by Friday 12 March, 2010. If there is approval in principle, a period of discussion and engagement with NHS staff, stakeholders, patients and the public will begin, before a final decision is made.

In a joint statement, the chief executives of the three trusts, Joe Rafferty (NHS Central Lancashire), Leigh Griffin (NHS Sefton) and Jonathan Parry (Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust) said: “This is an exciting development aimed at creating a more seamless, productive and efficient service that ensures financial resources continue to be targeted at patients.

“We are planning to create an organisation that is large enough to stand on its own, and provide high quality local services.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 704494