Warrington is a large town in Cheshire, located on the banks of the River Mersey, with a resident population of 208,800.
Last year Warrington was hailed the ‘second best place to live in the UK’ (UK’s Best Place to Live, Channel 4) and was placed fourth nationally in the uSwitch ‘Better Family Life Index’ in 2016.
And Warrington means business – it’s the only urban economy in the north of England to feature in the Centre for Cities’ annual ‘Healthcheck’ (2018).
Yet despite its apparent affluence, parts of our borough remain entrenched among the 10% most deprived areas nationally. Stark health inequalities mean that there is a huge life expectancy gap (11 years for males and 10 years for females) between those living in the most and least deprived areas, with smoking-related cancers, alcohol-related illnesses and heart disease among the greatest challenges.
Demands on services – emergency, hospital inpatient, primary care and social care – will be exacerbated by a forecast 17% population increase by 2035 and the long term needs of an ageing population, with Warrington’s over 65s population expected to grow by 27% by 2021.
The health and social care system is under enormous strain as agencies try to cope simultaneously with rising demand, staff shortages and unprecedented financial pressures. Those agencies are meeting the challenge through the Warrington Together programme.
Warrington Together is the borough’s main health and social care bodies, including third sector, working together to explore ways of delivering improved, integrated services to the people of Warrington. All have come together under an independently-chaired Warrington Together board.
Health and social care services will work with the residents of Warrington to create a healthier, happier Borough. Together Warrington will build a health and social care system to be proud of. One that’s fit for the future and built to last.
Local residents will tell us what they need, help shape change, play a part in their own wellbeing and have a stake in the ownership of any new system.
Services will be brought together at convenient locations borough-wide, where residents can access the ongoing support they need to manage their own health and wellbeing.
Partners will build on strong foundations to make better use of precious resources. Those who need help the most can rely on the most support.
Warrington Together will enable the people of Warrington to enjoy happier and healthier lives by transforming the way we use our collective resources.