Deadline for comments on health and social care strategy approaches

Representatives of organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector are encouraged to give their views on the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care commissioning strategy. The deadline for comments is 24th June 2016.

The commissioning strategy outlines the five-year vision and high-level implementation plan to deliver improvement and reform of health and social care services across Greater Manchester. It outlines the intention to develop joined-up commissioning for priority areas such as adult social services, children’s services, learning disabilities, mental health and improving the health of people living in Greater Manchester.

It provides examples of proposed developments covering all five themes:

  • Radical upgrade in health prevention: This means changing the way people and communities take charge of – and responsibility for – their own health and wellbeing, whether they are well or ill.
  • Transforming community-based care and support: Where local doctors, nurses and other health professionals come together with social care in teams – so when people do need support from public services it’s largely in their community, with hospitals only needed for more specialist care.
  • Standardising acute and specialist care: This involves hospitals and community care across Greater Manchester working together to make sure expertise and experience can be shared widely, so that everyone can benefit equally from the same high standards of care.
  • Standardising clinical support and back office services: This is about working more efficiently and saving money, for example sharing some roles across lots of organisations, sharing public buildings, new technology, research, new ideas and the spreading of great ideas.
  • Enabling better public services: Developing new, innovative organisations such as local care organisations to improve the way health and social care work together. Developing new ways of buying, contracting and designing and standardising information management and technology to work better across Greater Manchester.

For further details of the strategy and to submit your opinions, please click on the links below.

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