Health and Social Care Devolution in Greater Manchester
On 1st April 2016, Greater Manchester (GM) 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.
Since 2016, Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester has been 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'. Plans are now being developed for the next five years.
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 GM. This is acknowledged by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP), who have been responsible for delivering the strategy. To this end, representatives of GMHSCP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the GM VCSE sector back in 2017 which set out a way for our sector to be better engaged and linked in with the Health and Social Care devolution agenda in GM.
In April 2022, as part of a planned new legislation and GM’s own evolution as a devolved system, a formal Integrated Care System will be set up.
To reflect this change, and in the wake of Covid-19, a new GM VCSE Accord has been created that sets out a tripartite agreement between the Greater Manchester Mayor, GM Combined Authority (GMCA) and the GMHSCP with the VCSE sector, based on a relationship of trust. This Accord replaces a previous version of the Accord and the MOU.
The Health and Social Care VCSE Engagement Project
GMCVO, on behalf of the Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership 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
The VCSE sector has a crucial role to play in the design and delivery of health and social care in Greater Manchester
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.
What have we achieved so far?
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