NHS leaders in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are preparing for new ways of providing top-class health and care services for the people they serve from Friday, July 1.
The way health services are bought and planned on behalf of Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are changing nationally in line with the new Health and Care Act 2022 which aims to improve joined-up care for people who rely on a number of different services at the same time. As part of this, a new NHS organisation is being formed called NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care.
This organisation brings together staff from all 10 Greater Manchester clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) – including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale – as well as Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Shared Services, which will all disband on July 1.
It will be at the heart of a wider partnership called Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership which involves all the different organisations that support the health and social care of residents across the city region. These include NHS organisations, Councils, voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) colleagues and other key partners.
It also means there will be a local integrated care partnership in each of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs – in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale this will be called Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Integrated Care Partnership – that brings the same partners together within the borough to ensure Rochdale residents get the best possible services.
The partnership will help organisations work better with the public to keep everyone healthier; plan and deliver health services more effectively; make sure everyone is treated equally and fairly; help the NHS become as efficient as possible, and also help it contribute to the wider economy.
Dr Chris Duffy, outgoing chairperson of CCG, said: “We have achieved a lot over the past nine years and we will ensure this strong legacy is taken into the new NHS organisation and will continue to integrate care locally through the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Integrated Care Partnership.
“Our aim is healthier lives and better health and social care services for all our residents across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and we will work closely with our public in order to do this. The GP practices and primary care networks across our borough will continue to form the cornerstone of local health and care in Rochdale.
“We have achieved a lot as a CCG and we pledge to continue building on this work as we move into this exciting new phase.”
As part of the changes from July 1, users of the CCG’s website will be redirected to Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership’s new website which will offer more information on the aims and new ways of working for health and care in the city region. Patients will still be able to access information and help about their local services.
Clinical commissioning groups were/are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 following the 2010 White Paper, ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS’ which stated the Government’s desire to create a health and care system that has the patient’s needs at its heart.
The 10 Greater Manchester CCGs were formed between 2012 and 2013 and replaced primary care trusts (PCTs). They were led by GPs and clinicians whose experience in patient care helped to develop and deliver effective services for the public.
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG’s top achievements include:
- NHS HMR CCG came top of the league table in Greater Manchester for the number of Learning Disability health checks carried out in 2021/2022 and ranked 21 out of 106 Clinical Commissioning Groups across England, achieving 79% of its target compared to the national target of 75%*.
*HMR CCG also ranked 1st out of the 10 CCGs in Greater Manchester, and 5th across England, for the number of Severe Mental Illness (SMI) health checks completed in 2021/22.
- The CCG was central to the response to COVID-19, both the pandemic and the vaccination programme and the integrated working with our partners enabled a fantastic response. GPs and practice staff transformed the way they gave care to their patients due to the need to protect patients and staff. Digital solutions were quickly put in place to allow patients to still access care and support from general practice while maintaining social distancing and shielding. The CCG worked with GP practices and partner organisations to respond to national guidance and put local solutions in place to allow primary services to continue via video consultation as a matter of urgency.
- The only CCG to be involved in NHS England’s first wave Test bed programme working with Google and MSD for a new early intervention programme to evaluate the impact of new technologies to offer both better care and better value for taxpayers in a modernised NHS, developing risk stratification and home monitoring systems which were widely used during the COVID-19 pandemic response. It also won us an HSJ Award in the Partnership Working Category.
- Working with our partners we developed the Oasis unit at Rochdale Infirmary for the management of acute medical conditions in patients suffering with dementia which attracted National and International attention from as far as Australia
- The CCG worked in partnership with public health and general practice to successfully deliver the 2021-22 flu vaccination programme, to all eligible cohorts including all over 50s. 82% of over 65s had their flu vaccination which is our highest ever level of performance as a locality.
Sir Richard Leese, chairperson of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, said: “This is a significant step forward for how we ensure the people we serve across the whole of Greater Manchester get equal access to the best possible health and care services.
“Thanks to the devolution arrangements given to our city region, we have already built a strong foundation of true partnership working and our teams will be no strangers to working together for the benefit of our people.
“Our aims for the next few months will be ensure the integration of our neighbourhood teams, improve mental health services, support our GP practices, ensure people have access to urgent and emergency care, and reduce inequalities.
“These are just some of the things which we in the NHS, and our partners, do to help all of us live the best lives we can.”
Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership is one of 42 integrated care systems being established across England on a statutory basis on July 1 following recommendations from NHS England and NHS Improvement and Royal Assent of the Health and Care Act (2022).