Darwen Primary Care Neighbourhood

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 health and social care services across the country are trying to find more ways to work together to help people 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 areas known as Neighbourhoods – along with their ‘neighbours’ from hospital, community mental health, Local Authority Social Care, Public Health, 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 GP Practices work together as a Network 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. There is also the opportunity for neighbourhoods to try out different ways of working, whilst being small enough to tweak as the scheme progresses. If it works then this model can be replicated in other neighbours experiencing the same problems Neighbourhoods are still developing, but ours has already taken initiatives to meet some of the needs in our area with more to come in the near future.