MEMBERS of a newly-established health organisation in Sefton say it is the “beginning of a new and exciting chapter for health and care” in the borough.
The Sefton Partnership was launched on July 1 to become part of the Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care System which was set up on the same day.
The national health shake-up and introduction of new ICSs has resulted in the closure of Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs), including Southport and Formby CCG and South Sefton CCG.
The new Sefton Partnership is a collaboration between the NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, Healthwatch and other local organisations.
This is one of nine local area partnerships within the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS, which has been created to improve health services in the area.
Deborah Butcher, place director for Sefton Partnership, said: “It’s the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for health and care.
“The changes brought about by legislation will give us the mandate to remove some of the barriers between organisations, to help them provide a more seamless service, focused on the individual, to better provide for their health and care needs.”
The CCGs’ services and staff will transfer to NHS Cheshire and Merseyside, though they will continue to support the work of Sefton Partnership.
A new management structure, drawing from the expertise at the CCG and Sefton Council, is being established for the Partnership and plans for how it will support the needs of the borough are being finalised.
Fiona Taylor, chief officer of the CCGs, will not be part of the new health group.
She said: “I’m proud of the achievements that the CCGs and partners have made over the last nine years.
“I wish Deborah and my colleagues in the NHS, Sefton Council and our partner organisations all the very best, as they take health and care in Sefton into this new era.”