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Devolution arrangements and the next steps for health and care in Greater Manchester

This week will see a new era for health and care come to Greater Manchester, as the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership will officially launch.

Under the new Health and Care Act 2022, joined-up care for people who rely on a number of different services at the same time, will be improved thanks to national changes which include the formation of a new NHS organisation for the area.

Staff from all 10 Greater Manchester clinical commissioning groups, as well as the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Shared Services will be brought together under this new organisation, with the originals disbanding on the 1st July.

Chairperson of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, Sir Richard Leese, said:

“With our unique devolution agreements, Greater Manchester became England’s first integrated care system in 2016. This was the start of our five-year strategic plan, ‘Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care’, making big improvements to health and care services here. So, a big thank you yo outgoing GMHSCP Chief Officer Sarah Price.

It was instrumental in shaping the design of new national partnerships to support local health and care needs right across England.

Although a great deal has been achieved in Greater Manchester from voluntary and collaborative working, the new Health and Care Act will help break down further structural barriers and organisational silos to better address the root causes of ill health such as debt, poverty, poor housing, and work.

I’m confident these changes will help embed true joined up working and ensure public engagement is front and centre when setting big plans.”

All ten areas of Greater Manchester will be served by NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, in order to continue to deliver high quality care, better value for money and improving people’s health. The appointments to various senior roles are:

  • Chief Executive Officer – Mark Fisher
  • Designate Chair – Sir Richard Leese
  • Statutory Non-Executives – Richard Paver and Shazad Sarwar
  • Finance Director – Sam Simpson
  • Chief People Officer – Janet Wilkinson
  • Chief Nurse – Mandy Philbin
  • Chief Officer for Population Health ad Inequalities – Sarah Price
  • Chief Officer for Strategy and Innovation – Warren Heppolette

Another part of the executive team is the group of ‘Place Leads for Health and Care Integration’. These are responsible for pushing the local integration of health and social care, connecting it to wider public services. Close work with local partners will make these roles central to the improvement of health outcomes and the quality of care. These appointments are:

  • Bolton – Fiona Noden, Chief Executive, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bury – Geoff Little, Accountable Officer, NHS Bury CCG and Chief Executive, Bury Council
  • Heywood, Middleton, and Rochdale – Steve Rumbelow, Accountable Officer, NHS HMR CCG and Chief Executive, Rochdale Borough Council
  • Manchester – Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council
  • Oldham – Mike Barker, Accountable Officer and Strategic Director of Commissioning NHS Oldham CCG and Oldham Council
  • Salford – Caroline Simpson, Chief Executive, Stockport Council
  • Tameside – TBC, Local authority chief executive
  • Trafford – Sara Todd, Chief Executive, Trafford Council
  • Wigan – Alison McKenzie-Folan, Chief Executive, Wigan Council

The first meeting of the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership will take place on Friday 1st July 2022 between 2:30pm and 5pm and it will be live streamed.

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