Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement Project

Health and Social Care Devolution in Greater Manchester

On 1st April 2016, Greater Manchester took control of £6 billion of public funding for health and social care, giving us the power to take charge of health and wellbeing in our communities.

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester is the strategy that sets out how this funding will be used 'to ensure the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the 2.7 million citizens of Greater Manchester'.

It is clear that the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector has a crucial role to play in consultation, design and delivery related to health and social care in Greater Manchester. This is acknowledged by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, who are responsible for delivering the strategy.

In recognition of this, in May 2017 representatives of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Greater Manchester Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. 

The MoU sets out a way for the VCSE sector in Greater Manchester (GM) to be better engaged and linked in with the Health and Social Care devolution agenda in GM both at a strategic level and within each of the 10 local authority areas.

The Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement Project

What is it?

GMCVO, on behalf of the Greater Manchester VCSE Devolution Reference Group, is leading on a project to implement some of the principles included in the MoU. This work is funded by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and includes;

  • Enabling dialogue between public sector and peers in the VCSE sector via various events, workshops and roundtables
  • Sharing information about all things related to health and social care
  • Enabling VCSE representation on high level Greater Manchester Health and Social Care (GM HSC) boards, committees and working groups
  • Identifying issues and priority work areas as soon as they arise, and mobilising the VCSE sector to respond
  • Supporting work in localities related to Health and Social Care
  • Commissioning small projects to explore issues in further detail
  • Developing a new approach to Equalities

Why are we doing it?

The work will bring VCSE sector and public sector organisations/leaders together to achieve common goals. This will enable VCSE organisations to be better connected and able to build on their strengths within the Health and Social Care devolution agenda in GM.

The project will also give the VCSE sector a unique opportunity to better address the challenges faced by communities by influencing decisions made about the way in which Health and Social Care devolution is delivered in GM.   

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