PERFORMANCE: Improving services for new mothers and young children will be among the top priorities for Lancashire’s new health and wellbeing board, draft plans show.

Other key priorities set out by the shadow board include mental health, long term conditions and services for over 65s, says a draft strategy currently out for consultation.

The strategy promises to “make joint working the default option” and identifies a number of “early wins” to help local partners achieve health goals.

These include providing more early support for those at risk of admission to hospital, tackling smoking in pregnancy and moves to “address loneliness in older people.”