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Right Arrow Chief executive to talk about new Trust at AGM
02 August 2010 at 14:00
The public will have the chance to ask hospital managers about a new health organisation for north Sefton and West Lancashire at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s annual general meeting on 6 September.

NHS organisations in Sefton and West Lancashire announced in March plans to ensure local people benefit from faster, better health care with the creation of an “integrated care organisation” (ICO).

The new health trust will include all of the services provided by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, and some of the community services provided by NHS Sefton and NHS Central Lancashire.

The three trusts are currently finalising an agreement on which services will transfer into the ICO. They must also submit a business case to NHS North West, the regional strategic health authority.

The new organisation will come into being in April 2011.

Trust Chief Executive Jonathan Parry said: “I look forward to explaining in more detail plans at our annual general meeting and answering any questions people may have about this exciting development.

“The new organisation has support from clinical leaders and will bring together services that are currently separate. It will create a more seamless, productive and efficient service that ensures financial resources continue to be targeted at patients.”

The meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday 6 September in the lecture theatre at the Clinical Education Centre behind Ormskirk and District General Hospital. The centre is best reached using the Ruff Lane entrance to the hospital site. The lecture theatre is wheelchair accessible.

The Trust has also produced an annual report for 2009-10 which is available under the finance section of its website. Copies are also available on request from the Marketing and Communications Department.

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

Notes for editors

1. Media organisations wishing to attend should contact Tony Ellis in advance.

2. An integrated care organisation is one that brings together health professionals who have traditionally worked in different organisations. Many NHS community care organisations and acute hospitals are beginning to recognise they need to remove the boundaries between hospital and community services.

The creation of the integrated care organisation (ICO) will bring services which provide healthcare to the populations of West Lancashire, north Sefton together into one organisation. This will include some of the community services provided by NHS Sefton, some of the services provided by NHS Central Lancashire and all of the services provided by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust. This will drive improvements in healthcare for patients across north Sefton and West Lancashire and see real partnership and a bringing together of services that are currently separate.

In other parts of the country, integrated care organisations are forming through combining community services with primary care, hospitals, and/or social services. There are many advantages to patients, not least being able to receive a more responsive and seamless service.

A new organisation will remove barriers between hospital and community health services, making it easier, where appropriate, to deliver more care closer to home and in the home. There will also be more focus on long-term conditions, such as coronary heart disease and diabetes, because of the ICO’s ability to look after the whole of the individual’s needs over a longer period.

3. The name and management structure of the ICO has still to be decided, but will replace Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, which manages services at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, NHS Sefton community health services in north Sefton and NHS Central Lancashire community health services in West Lancashire.