We’re developing and sharing better ways of working across our ten boroughs, so together we can achieve our ambition for a healthier Greater Manchester.
We have various plans for providing truly innovative health and care services – services built around the individual and the community. These are already helping us to work better, more efficiently, and to the same high standards right across our region.
Our digital plan is helping us to connect and modernise our health and social care system. We’re empowering staff with technology that helps them provide better care, while making services more accessible for people.
To achieve our devolution aims, we need to change the way we buy, organise and provide health and social care services. The Greater Manchester Commissioning Strategy outlines how we’ll do this.
Devolution is giving us the freedom to work together in new ways. Combining our buying powers across the region is one of them.
Our commissioning strategy outlines the steps we’ve already taken toward joint and investment-led care planning and buying across our health and social care services.
With this approach, we can:
- Support a shift from reactive to preventative services, so we’re helping more people to stay well and providing support as early as possible
- Provide more joined-up, community-based care and support
- Focus on priority areas including adult social services, children’s services, learning disabilities and mental health
- Make acute and specialist care, and clinical support services, more consistent – so that people receive the same standard of care wherever they are in the region
- Share services and skills, and change how we work more quickly and effectively
- Develop homecare and residential care that we can continue to fund and maintain
- Take a more joined-up view of health, care and wider public-sector changes
We have four big priorities in our workforce plan: helping our leaders, carers and volunteers to develop; supporting our staff, apprentices and people on placements; improving our offer of employment; and filling difficult roles.
We’ve been working with Health Education England (HEE) to equip our workforce with new skills so they can offer better services.
Our Pride in Practice training project is helping dentists, opticians and pharmacists to meet the needs of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people.
We’ve also established award schemes that celebrate the people who’re making a difference to people’s health in Greater Manchester, as well as raise awareness of their vital roles in our communities.
Making the best use of our hospitals, general practices and other clinical buildings is crucial to our plans for joined-up, community-based care across Greater Manchester.
Our buildings vary considerably in terms of how suitable they are for services. We have a number of good quality buildings that could be better used, while others are no longer fit for purpose.
Our plans explain how we’re developing, managing and prioritising our buildings.
Our digital plan is helping us to connect and modernise our health and social care system. We’re empowering staff with technology that helps them provide better care, while making services more accessible for people, wherever they are in Greater Manchester.
Our Information Management and Technology Strategy was endorsed by our board in June 2016 – and our Greater Manchester Digital Collaborative is responsible for putting it into action.
It’s based on five key principles (in summary):
- Giving people more control through technology-assisted care services – for instance, our patient portal gives people access to their own health and social care data
- Connecting people and services through an expanded wireless network, virtual systems, better directories and messaging applications
- Combining information, sharing records and bringing together applications across all health and social care organisations, allowing the right information to be in the right place at the right time so that better, safer decisions can be made
- Working together through merged teams that bring together varied skills, digital applications and resources
- Understanding our population’s needs by looking at all the data we have for Greater Manchester, and using it to change how we commission services in the future