The work to transform health and care in Cheshire and Merseyside didn’t start with the Partnership. A lot of good work has been underway for some years. What the Partnership does in bringing together all organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside is to make sure that we can spread best practice, make sure no area is left behind and challenge one another to change the way we do things to benefit local people as much as possible.
Cheshire and Merseyside aren’t obvious companions to work in Partnership together. Both areas have a distinct identity. And the Partnership recognises that. That’s why much of the work that is taking place to transform health and care is in the hands of organisations and communities the nine local authority areas that make up Cheshire and Merseyside.
Each area, or place, has their own partnership of organisations responsible for developing a plan, for and with their communities, setting out how they will organise care services in future based on local needs, and how they want to improve the health of their population.
While they are coming up with their own plans, each of the nine places of Cheshire and Merseyside are also coming together as the Partnership to share ideas and learn from one another. And, just as importantly, together they are helping leading clinicians in Cheshire and Merseyside to develop services to meet the health and care challenges that are common to people living in all their areas.
Any proposals and plans developed as part of the Partnership will be based upon the needs of local patients and communities and command the support of clinicians and staff. We simply cannot transform health and care without the active engagement of the clinicians and staff who actually deliver it, nor can we develop care integrated around the needs of patients and users without understanding what our communities need.
The Partnership in Cheshire and Merseyside is also working where necessary with its neighbours to make sure that our plans and theirs work together and work for all patients wherever they live or receive their care.