A name adopted by Lancashire Local Pharmaceutical Committee.

NHS & New Models of Care

Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria is a partnership of a wide range of organisations across health and care. In February 2018, NHS planning guidance renamed Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP) to create what is now termed an integrated care system (ICS)

Integrated Care System (ICS)

The ICS is split up into five local areas, known as integrated care partnerships (ICPs) –

  • Bay Health and Care Partners
  • Blackpool and Fylde Coast
  • Central Lancashire
  • Pennine Lancashire
  • West Lancashire

Click here for a Powerpoint presentation about the ICS

Further information about Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria and the integrated care system (ICS) can be found at – https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/ 

Primary Care Networks

What are Primary Care Networks (PCNs)?

With the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan has come the advent of Primary Care Networks (PCNs). Every general practice across the whole of Lancashire and South Cumbria is included or linked to one of the 41 primary care networks that have been established in the footprint of the Integrated Care System (ICS) called Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria (HL&SC)

PCNs are based on general practice registered lists, typically serving natural communities of around 30,000 to 50,000 patients. They should be small enough to provide the personal care valued by both patients and healthcare professionals, but large enough to have impact and economies of scale through better collaboration between general practices who are also working with a range of local providers in the local health and social care system; this includes community pharmacies.

There is a short NHS England animation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W19DtEsc8Ys that explains the concept of PCNs and how this new way of working enables health professionals and other services to work together to provide better access for patients.

CPL is working with the PCNs to ensure that community pharmacy is a major voice ‘at the table’. More information about PCNs can be found from nationally based websites –

NHS websites:



PSNC website:



www.psnc.org.uk/futureofpharmacy – this page contains the video animation produced by PSNC explaining how community pharmacies are likely to fit into the NHS of the future.

and at a more local level from HL&SC website:


Community Pharmacy Lancashire

Community Pharmacy Lancashire represents community pharmacies located in the Health & Wellbeing Board areas of Blackpool Borough Council, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council & Lancashire County Council.