The Trust’s existing strategy was written in 2018 - before the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, which set out an ambitious plan for the NHS making sure it was 'fit for the future'. As we are now starting to see the impacts of the system reform agenda that was referenced within the NHS Long Term Plan, it was only right that we reset our vison and ambition.
Working with colleagues from across the Trust and our partners, we have developed a new Trust strategy that looks to address a number of challenges we face, including:
- Improving the quality of our services for everyone who uses them
- Being able to deliver clinical and financial sustainability
- Maximising the opportunities that the advances in digital technology provide us to transform
- Manage the changing expectations of our patients
- Addressing the inequity in care and access to care caused by the pandemic
- Dealing with workforce challenges
- The changing landscape and working environment due to the system reform
- Working more collaboratively with partners across Lancashire and South Cumbria (Integrated Care System)
Our new strategy will be used to guide our priorities and decisions over the next five years. It is founded on our vision and values and organised around four strategic priorities.
It sets out our ambition, detailing ways in which we will improve the delivery and quality of care; support our colleagues to be the very best they can be; ensuring we make the best use of our resources to support delivery of sustainable services; and recognising the opportunities to collaborate and work in partnership. These priorities will be underpinned by embedding a culture of improvement across the organisation, and come with specific ways of measuring our progress which you can view in the strategy document.
We will now work to organise ourselves around our new strategy - building it into all our teams and services and translating it into a clear clinical strategy and implementation plan. We will also embed it into our business planning, investment decisions, governance and our team and personal objectives.
We look forward to working together with our colleagues, patients, community and partners to deliver on the promises this strategy holds. There is a lot to do, and it won’t always be easy, but if we work together, we can make a huge difference to the health and wellbeing of everyone living in the Morecambe Bay area.
Our success means healthier lives and safe, high-quality care for our patients; and happier colleagues - meaning we will all be proud to say… We are UHMBT.