Getting Involved

Come and visit the Chatty Van - We`ll be out and about across Morecambe Bay to talk about healthcare and gather your thoughts on local issues


Members of the public and staff across the Morecambe Bay area are being asked to contribute their thoughts on health and care as part of a ground-breaking series of events from February 26th to March 9th.

In association with Cumbria Healthwatch and Lancashire Healthwatch, Bay Health & Care Partners will be using the innovative ‘chatty van,’ which will visit nine locations across Morecambe Bay.

For the past three years the region has been working as one of the 50 national Vanguard health systems, delivering new models of care.

During this time, many new ways of working have been implemented, reducing the numbers of people attending hospital, providing more care closer to people’s homes and integrating care across different organisations to make care less complicated and delivered in or nearer people’s homes.

This year the hospital Trust and Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group are on target to make £30million savings – despite these successes, the health system across the Bay is being challenged to make further savings to live within its budget.

Andrew Bennett, Chief Officer, Morecambe Bay Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We have come a long way in a short period of time, but we’re being challenged to go even further and at a faster pace.

In addition we need to plan for the future health needs of our local population, address rising demand, and changes in technology and gaps in the workforce.

It will also not come as a surprise to learn our financial position has deteriorated as funding levels have got tighter. It is still costing us more to deliver local healthcare across Morecambe Bay than we receive. For every £1.00 the Morecambe Bay health system receives, we are spending £1.20.


Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust said, “We have no plans to close any of our hospitals or to reduce the overall number of clinical staff. They are a vital part of the health system, however to keep pace with change and demand, the services delivered in our hospitals and communities may change in the future.

Before we became a Vanguard we spoke at length to the public to ensure that they were able to contribute to our Better Care Together Clinical Strategy.

We believe we can continue to make the savings without affecting the safety and good quality of the care we provide, we need to talk to the public in an extensive way again to ensure they can feedback their views on the work we are doing and our thoughts for the future.”

We want to hear the public’s thoughts and hope as many people as possible can contribute through the Chatty Van visits across the Bay, via a paper or on-line survey, or emailing their feedback via the Better Care Together website.”


If you are unable to attend any of the Chatty Van sessions you can take part in a survey – the survey will open on 26 February and will close on Sunday March 18th at midnight and will be available on this web page. If you would prefer a paper copy please call 01524 518638. You can also email your comments via You can also log your comments via Twitter using the hashtag #bctchattyvan or log your comment on our Facebook page.

Chatty Van – Dates and locations



Since Spring 2013 we have carried out extensive engagement with patients and public across Morecambe Bay. Engagement has been at the heart of this programme. We have listened to thousands of people and used a wide variety of ways to find out what local people think about services now and what they would like to see in the future. A detailed report summarising this activity and feedback is available on our website. It would be dishonest of us to pretend that we can always do exactly what people want, but wherever possible we want to be able to take into account what patients and local people say. Our local clinicians have been passionate about making sure that the voices of their communities are heard, and in addition to all the formal engagement that has taken place, our GPs and other clinical colleagues have been able to bring a wealth of experience to the development of these proposals by drawing on their day in/day out interactions with patients.

Engagement has included:

- Focus Groups

- Bus Roadshow visiting numerous locations

- Online surveys

- Public Drop-in Events

Please click here to download the full engagement report

We regularly hold engagement and involvement events. If you have a particular interest in an area of care. e.g.:

1. Out of Hospital

2. In hospital

3: Women's Services

4: Children's Services

5: Health Service Planning

Please contact us (click here) and we can invite you to our events, keep you updated with our work and include you on our mailing lists.

01524 518638


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