Tameside and Glossop is the third area in Greater Manchester to benefit from part of a £450 million ‘Transformation Fund’ via NHS England. The fund was awarded to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to help the region achieve the fastest and greatest health and wellbeing improvements to residents through devolution. Stockport and Salford have already been awarded funding earlier this year.
Spread over four years, this cash boost will help establish an Integrated Care Organisation in Tameside and Glossop to enable the best use of resources and meet the needs of local people, as well as bringing care services together. Care Together brings the people of Tameside and Glossop, along with GPs, the local council, care providers, hospital staff, community services and charities together to effectively tackle the causes of poor health, improve health and social care services, improve healthy-life expectancy and place the person at the centre of their care.
There will be an increase in the volume and scope of care, treatment and rehabilitation delivered in community and home settings, coupled with excellent, responsive acute services when necessary. Five multi-agency Integrated Neighbourhoods will address local priorities, and through engagement with a range of local stakeholders, including patient and public representatives, services to meet those priorities will be co-designed.
The money awarded will ensure those receiving support also have the skills to take greater control of their care needs.
Lord Peter Smith, Chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board said: “The roll out of the Transformation Fund will mean that more care will be provided in or closer to people’s homes and there will be support to keep people well and wherever possible avoid hospital admission.
The funding will help standardise care across Greater Manchester and deliver a radical upgrade in early intervention and health prevention schemes”.
Steven Pleasant MBE, Chief Executive of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and Accountable Officer for NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said “Whilst it may seem we have already been on a long journey to reach this point, we know it’s only the beginning and the hard work really starts now.
“The funding is dependent on our ability to deliver outcomes and savings against the investment, but we know that we have the people, knowledge, skills and ambition to ensure Tameside and Glossop is seen as leading the country in integrating health and social care”.
Dr Alan Dow, Glossop GP and chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG said: “Seeing patients every day allows me to see where the gaps between health and social care are and how we often make the patient fit into the system, rather than the system fitting around the patient.
“The founding principle of Care Together was to put the patient first and this funding allows us to make these principles a reality”.
Karen James, Chief Executive and Tameside Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT said: “We believe that integrated care is without doubt, the best method of delivering high quality and efficient services to our local population. This funding will help enormously in implementing our strategy and we are very excited to be moving forward with this exciting programme”.
Chris Mellor, Independent Chair of the Care Together Programme said: “As I look at the work being done around the NHS, it convinces me that the work we are already doing in Tameside and Glossop to integrate our health and social care services is absolutely correct”.