Since signing an historic devolution deal with the government, we’ve taken charge of the £6bn spent on health and social care in our ten boroughs. We also got an extra £450m to transform our public services.
We want to spend all that money wisely. That’s why we’ve formed the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – to oversee the changes, and make them happen together. With decisions being made on our doorstep.
How will devolution help us?
Thanks to devolution, we now have the freedom and flexibility to do things that benefit everyone in Greater Manchester.
Devolution means we can make decisions locally about how we take care of the 2.8 million people living in our ten boroughs. After all, local people know what Greater Manchester needs.
It also means making these decisions together as a region, with our health and social care services working alongside our local authorities.
We’re already making big improvements to the health and social care services we need. We’re tackling serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. We’re also addressing wider problems that affect our health – like poverty, loneliness and poor lifestyles.
Right now we’re working from a big, five-year plan to achieve all of this. And by 2021, we’re expecting to see some big benefits.
How are we changing things?
We’re putting the right care and support in the right places, and at the right times, for everyone across our ten boroughs.
We’re joining up health and social care services in the wider community, investing in the right specialist care, and keeping people well by promoting a better lifestyle.
And it’s starting to pay off. From giving children a better start to spotting and treating dementia sooner, our changes are already making a difference.
Devolution will mean the greatest, fastest improvement to the health, wealth and wellbeing of 2.8m people in Greater Manchester. But we can only do this by working together.
That means everyone across our ten boroughs – from the NHS, council, fire service and police to private companies and charities, as well as individual health and care staff, volunteers, family carers, patients and local people.
It’s better to have decisions made locally, because local people understand what local problems are and what Greater Manchester needs. We need to work together.
Lord Peter Smith, Leader of Wigan Council
What devolution means for you
How is devolution bringing together our health and social care services? How is it affecting people working in the NHS and local community organisations? What’s happening at our GP practices? See our Q&A to find out what devolution means for all of us.