SENIOR health and political leaders from Tameside and Glossop came together with representatives of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) to sign an historic £23 million deal to bring hospitals, social care and community healthcare closer together to improve services for patients.
Bringing commissioners who plan which services are needed locally, together with health and social care providers, will help to deliver better health and social care outcomes through more personalised care closer to home in the neighbourhoods where people live.
Care Together, a partnership of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (T&G CCG), Tameside Council (TMBC), and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (T&G IC FT), working closely with general practices and the third sector, has put forward an ambitious five-year plan for the area which has been agreed by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.
Tameside and Glossop is the third area of Greater Manchester to benefit from a share of the £450 million Transformation Fund, awarded to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) via NHS England.
Speaking about these aspirations, Jon Rouse, chief officer of GMHSCP said: “The transformation funding is enabling us in Greater Manchester to go further and faster to realise the potential within our communities and think differently about how we provide services in order to secure the best for all our residents.
“This investment should improve the prospects of those living in Tameside and Glossop to experience a better start in life, have more opportunities in adulthood, manage their health better into their older age and die in a dignified manner in a place of their choosing.”
The majority of funding will be spent on improving primary and community care across Tameside and Glossop. The effects of this new way of delivering care will also shape the future direction of the integrated care organisation.
Dr Alan Dow, chair of T&G CCG, said: “There have been health issues within Tameside and Glossop for a long time and we truly believe a more integrated approach to the way we plan and deliver care to our residents is the best way to improve overall health for the area. GP practices will be able to work more closely together and with other health providers on effective patient care.
“Self-care is priority for us in Tameside and Glossop and the £23 million transformation funding will allow the development of new projects to encourage healthier lifestyles, enable greater patient understanding of how to manage their own condition, and so reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions.”
Steven Pleasant, chief executive of Tameside Council and accountable officer of T&G CCG said: “This investment money, which will be spread over four years, will be used to turn our Care Together plans into reality on the ground.
Care Together takes a place-based approach, founded on successful and healthy neighbourhoods. People will be supported to stay well, be independent and in control of their own health and the services they receive. Those services and care will be of a higher standard and provided closer to home in the community, and often directly in the home.
Neighbourhood-based projects will be key to achieving our ambitions. We know good health and work opportunities go hand in hand, so projects like Healthy Hattersley – which brings together GPs, Peak Valley Housing and the Homes and Communities Agency – that help support people into employment are the way forward.”
Karen James, chief executive of T&G IC FT, said: “Since starting our transformation to an integrated care organisation in September we have already started to see the benefits greater joined-up care. The additional funding will help us bring a lot of out plans to reality and provide services for our community”