What are Primary Care Neighbourhoods?
Where we grow up, and the community we live in, has a massive influence on our health and wellbeing. With an ageing population and increased demand on public services however, health and social care services across the country are trying to find more ways to work together to help people to stay well and get the care they need as close to home as possible.
In Blackburn with Darwen, GP practices have joined together to form four Networks known as Neighbourhoods – along with their ‘neighbours’ from hospital, community, mental health, Local Authority social care, housing services , local voluntary groups and Patient Representatives. Each Neighbourhood covers a population of around 30-50,000 people. Ours is known as Darwen Primary Care Neighbourhood
What do Neighbourhoods Do?
GP Practices work together to coordinate health and social care for people in their local area, and consider how to make the best and most effective use of local services.
Each Neighbourhood has a set of priorities based on the health and social needs of their particular area. There is also a strong focus on preventing ill health, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting people to gain control of their own health and wellbeing.
Neighbourhoods are still developing and we hope to keep you informed of our plans through public engagement events like this or through your GP Practice website or newsletter.