Pioneering work across Tameside Recognises GM Health and Care Champions
09 July 2019

The bosses of Tameside Hospital and Tameside Council have been rewarded for the pioneering work they do with their teams to bring together health and social care.

Karen James, Chief Executive at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and Steven Pleasant MBE, Chief Executive at Tameside Council and Accountable Officer of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group were announced winners in the Leader Across Boundaries category at this year’s Greater Manchester Health and Care Champions Awards.

Their partnership working has seen an improvement in joined-up services  - putting the people of Tameside and Glossop at the heart of their treatment and care. The area became one of the first in the country to take this radical approach, which has now become a blueprint for visionary planning, and has been followed by other organisations across the country.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “This is fantastic recognition for our pioneering and collaborative work in health and social care integration to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. It is a really positive reflection of everyone’s work in the strategic commission and that of our partners at the hospital and I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment.”

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group joint Chair Dr Asad Ali said: “This is a really exciting time for health and social care integration and I’m proud to see Tameside and Glossop showcased for this work, which is already making a real difference to transforming services and – importantly – improving the health and wellbeing of local people.”

Karen James says the win recognises the hard work of staff to ensure local people receive the joined-up services they need. She explains: “Opportunities to make things better are sometimes missed. For example, people are sent to hospital, or their stay in hospital is unnecessarily prolonged, when it would have been better for them to receive care at home. By working together we can provide people with the services they deserve. Changes of this scale won’t happen overnight, but we are absolutely committed to getting it right.”

The Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards 2019 took place on Thursday 4 July at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry. Nearly 250 guests heard about the tremendous work of over 30 shortlisted candidates who every day make a huge difference and impact on the organisations they work for, the people they work with and the patients they serve.

Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT was also shortlisted in the leader in supporting talent development category for the work of Michelle Therman, High Risk Foot Team Podiatrist and as one of nine maternity providers across Greater Manchester for the Saving Babies Lives Champions in the Leader Across Boundaries category.