Sefton Health and Care Partnership

We are working with partners from across health and care in Sefton to transform the way services are delivered, so they better address the needs of our residents.

Sefton Health and Care Partnership’s transformation programme builds on Shaping Sefton, aiming to create ‘community centred health and care’, where services are more joined up, personalised and support residents to better manage their health and wellbeing.

Our collective vision for future health and care is:

“We want all of our health, care and wellbeing services to be more joined up with as many as possible provided in our local communities. We want to empower you to make positive changes to the way that you live and make it easier for you to get the right support in the right place first time so that you can live longer, healthier and happier lives.”

To achieve this we will need to reshape current services, creating new local care teams focused around our GP practice localities, creating primary care networks working with local hospital clinicians, VCF sectors providers, social care and other health professionals, like mental health teams and community services.

By working as one team, we believe they will be able to more appropriately care for people in their own homes or closer to where they live, rather than in hospital.  

We also want to improve the overall health and wellbeing of our residents, thinking differently about early intervention and prevention helping people to remain fit and well.

This work is underpinned by Sefton’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment that brings together all the information we have about health and health and care services to inform where we need to focus our efforts. It also works with our local Health and Wellbeing Strategy that we jointly develop with Sefton Council. 

Who is involved? 

Sefton Health and Care Partnership brings us and our GP membership together with NHS South Sefton CCG, Sefton Council, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and NHS West Lancashire CCG, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and voluntary, community and faith (VCF) organisations and Sefton Council for Voluntary Services (CVS).

VCF advisory group

A VCF advisory group has been established in early 2019 to influence the work of the partnership. The group brings together representatives from 17 voluntary, community and faith organisations across the borough, aiming to:

  • Ensure the sector is represented across the transformation programme
  • Act as the forum for the sector, to enable ideas to be shared and a collective position to be formed
  • Ensure the most appropriate expertise and geographical representation is sought from the sector to provide input across the different elements of the transformation programme
  • Support the transformation programme to give equal emphasis to health, care and wellbeing services

Membership of the group is from the following organisations: 

Sefton Advocacy Fun 4 Kidz and L30 Community Centre Healthwatch Sefton
Queenscourt Hospice Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton Light 4 Life
Independence initiative SWAN Centre Parkhaven Trust
Venus Crosby Housing Association Jospice
Sefton OPERA Sefton Carers Centre Sefton CVS
SWACA Netherton Feelgood Factory  


We commission a range of services from VCF sector organisations towards improving health and wellbeing. There are lots of examples of where the VCF sector has helped us in developing our CCG commissioning plans, like Personal Health Budgets. The VCF advisory group is a chance to build on this good work.  

Social prescribing in Sefton

A social prescribing work stream was established in early 2019 as part of the Sefton Health and Care Partnership. Its system wide project group is working to:

  • Gain a collective understanding of social prescribing and the wide range of activities currently in place within Sefton
  • Agree a common strategic approach to its further development (in the context of the developments within the new NHS long term plan and emerging national guidance) which builds on the strength of existing local approaches and is sensitive to the needs of the different communities within Sefton
  • Consider key enablers, which may support the implementation of the model
  • Develop a collective plan of action to enable the delivery of the agreed approach with partners across Sefton

There is considerable enthusiasm from all partners for this work stream and a particular opportunity for the VCF Advisory Group to facilitate links with our communities, within our localities to develop an approach which really meets local need.

Other links

Sefton Health and Care Partnership works with the wider Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership.