Acute hospital services are under increasing pressure across the country. Winter pressures, the demands on an ageing population with increasing chronic health problems, together with financial pressures mean there is an urgent need to transform our caring services.
Our area of the country is no different, and the Partnership’s Acute Sustainability programme is looking at how best we can ensure our local hospitals can continue to deliver high quality care.
This work takes places alongside that of our nine places, who are working to reduce the need for people to visit hospital in the first place by providing more services within the community. This would build on the vast majority of health care that is locally delivered, improving not only the experience of care for patients but keeping local health services both high quality and affordable.
The programme is looking at how three acute services in particular – urgent and emergency care, women’s and children’s services and elective care - are configured across Cheshire and Merseyside and how that might need to develop in future to ensure sustainable, high quality care.
The work will take into account the out of hospital work taking shape in the nine places, and also show how our acute hospitals interact with one another within the Cheshire and Merseyside footprint and with those in neighbouring footprints in providing these acute services.
In addition, the programme is also providing support to Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust and East Cheshire NHS Trust, as both Trusts look at how they develop clinically sustainable services that meet the changing needs of the local population and which also are consistent with the work to deliver more care services out of hospital.
The lead for this programme is Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.