A healthy balance
Did you know that there is a 12-year difference between the life expectancy in the poorest parts of Sefton compared to the richest parts? Our goal is to reduce that gap through targeted advice, information and support with health care when it is needed, helping you to live longer.
We want to make sure that you are able to live your best life by helping you choose to live longer, healthier. We want to help you increase the amount of years you live free from any major health conditions.
If you need help, the sooner we step in the better it is. That’s why we are promoting early intervention through our health care system, making sure that any worries that you have are seen to as quickly as possible before they turn into major problems.
Prevention and intervention go hand in hand. This is why we are encouraging people to stay healthy and active to prevent health and wellbeing problems later on in life.
Helping you to care for yourself is very important to us. Self-care and lifestyle changes; such as not smoking, doing more exercise and eating and drinking healthily can make a big difference to you - from weight loss to managing mental existing conditions.
This also includes helping those people with long term conditions, eg. diabetes, or recovering from cancer to maintain as healthy a life as possible. After all, real change can only come from within.
Access to high-quality services
We want to make sure that your health and care systems are the best that they can be, meet required quality standards and are located where you need them most. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve and meet your needs efficiently and effectively.
There are long-term NHS goals that we have to meet to make sure that you are well looked after. These goals include; reducing your waiting times, supporting maternity services, reducing health inequalities and tackling diabetes, improving outcomes from cancer and supporting people with mental health problems at a local and national level.
We currently spend more money than we get. We want our health and care system to be financially sound. We have to understand how we can manage our money in a way that meets all of your needs. We also want to be able to maintain the high quality of care available, no matter what happens politically and economically.
Because of this we have to make sure that we are prepared for all circumstances and have the services in place when and where they are most effective.
Maximise social value
We want the NHS and other public sectors to be of value to you. We want to create a service that you love and trust, an employer who is fair and loyal and a pillar that the community can depend on. We aim will do this through constant communication and transparency about what we are doing and why.
This includes the five main things which make the NHS an “Anchor Institution”:
- Purchasing more locally and for social benefit
- Using buildings and spaces to support communities
- Widening access to quality work
- Working more closely with local partners
- Reducing its environmental impact
The Four Pillars
These four pillars work together to make sure that the health and care system is the best that it can be for the people of Sefton.
The NHS wants to look more at the bigger picture, as well as health care. We want to help to tackle big problems like air pollution. We can do this by encouraging patients and staff to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to hospitals and GP surgeries, or technology in place of hospital attendance. This will help with fuel emissions and it encourages people to exercise.
Our health behaviours and lifestyles
One of our goals is to make sure you live the healthiest life possible. This means that we encourage people to stop smoking, avoid drinking in excess and improve their diet and exercise routine.
Places and environment
We want to make sure people don’t just have outstanding health care, but they have a good community and social relationships that they can rely on. This can help people to have a more positive outlook on life, reducing mental health issues.
Integrated health and care system