Bay Health and Care Partners newsletter summer edition 2019 - 19 July 2019

Welcome to the summer edition of the Bay Health and Care Partners (BHCP) newsletter.

This edition will touch on mental health – a main focus of BHCP – and some of the work happening locally to improve care and support for patients living with mental health conditions across the bay.

Improving the mental health and resilience of our communities is a priority for clinical leaders across Lancashire and south Cumbria; this is also reflective of the national priorities featured in the NHS’ Long-Term plan.

National leaders have pledged that the investment in mental health services will be £2.3billion higher by 2023/2024, with a focus on those people with learning disabilities and autism, adults in crisis, children and young people’s mental health provision, community mental health services and revising waiting time standards covering emergency mental health services.

Current statistics show that on average we lose one person a day to suicide in Cumbria, with Barrow being a key area of focus. We are committed to reduce suicides and are working with our partners and local initiatives like Suicide Safer Barrow to ensure mental health provision is the best it can be for the people of Morecambe Bay.

As always this newsletter is packed with exciting news from across the bay and will give you insights into the way local health care is transforming through the work of the eight Bay Health and Care Partners, primary care colleagues and Integrated Care Communities. You can access the summer newsletter here

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Jerry Hawker, Chief Executive of NHS Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group.


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