Residents in East Lancashire will receive greater access and improved integrated health and social care services in the future following a joint commitment from Lancashire County Council Social Services and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust.
At an official launch today both agencies signed up to a partnership agreement to deliver better outcomes for vulnerable people and their carers across all service areas including mental health, learning and physical disabilities, adult services and Children and Families.
This will be achieved through greater integration, improved access to information and more coordinated services across East Lancashire. Richard Jones, Director of Lancashire Social Services, and David Peat, Chief Executive of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT will jointly Chair a new Health & Social Care Strategic Executive whose role will be to oversee and lead the process of integration.
Richard Jones, Director of Lancashire County Council Social Services, said:
"This agreement is about reviewing current practice and working in partnership to develop seamless delivery of services to meet people's needs. Integration is about putting the people who need our support first and reducing the risk of vulnerable people falling between services."
David Peat, Chief Executive of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT, added:
"We are at one with the County Council in our aims and it makes sense to dovetail our efforts and our work, putting the patients and carers' needs first. I am delighted we have been able to agree a common and co-ordinated solution to a common cause.
"It's a proud day for us and for all those who have helped achieve this unified approach. This is the kind of partnership arrangement that helps deliver better and more efficient services for the user - and that, of course, is the prime purpose of both partners."
County Councillor Chris Cheetham, cabinet member for adult services and health, said:
"This agreement is evidence of the commitment of Lancashire County Council and Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT to bring together their resources and expertise to jointly improve health and social care services to the people of East Lancashire. These arrangements should make it easier and quicker for people to get the help and support they need, when they need, across all services."
Jim Heyes, Chairman of Pendle and Rossendale PCT, said:
"This joint approach to working is a model for the future and can only benefit patients and the public in Lancashire."
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The attached photograph shows:
Back row (Left to Right)
David Peat - Chief Executive of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT, Richard Jones - Director of Social Services,
Front Row (Left to Right)
County Councillor Chris Cheetham,
Jim Heyes - Chief Executive of Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT
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