Happy new year and welcome to my first blog of 2018!
This is my last blog of 2017, which gives me a good opportunity to look back at the last year and forward to next.
2017 has certainly been a varied year. Drs Wood, Hampson and Kotegaonkar stepped down from the Governing Body and Drs York and Sharma joined the board. I would again like to thank the doctors who have left the board for their energy, support, challenge and commitment to the CCG and I look forward to working with Drs York and Sharma as we drive forward the CCG and continue to make patient focus a priority.
The Manchester bomb attack in May saw the health and emergency services responding and working at their best. The CCG worked closely with local providers to ensure services were delivered when needed, and working with the other Greater Manchester CCGs and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to ensure victims, relatives and staff could access appropriate mental health support services.
In July, together with Rochdale Borough Council, we were successful in our bid for Greater Manchester Transformation Fund money to help deliver our Locality Plan. We have been awarded in the region of £25 million and the money will be invested in providing high quality, financially and clinically sustainable health and care services for local people. Read more about the Rochdale Borough Locality Plan here.
The CCG’s mission is to ensure that people living in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are healthier and have a better future, and 2017 has seen our team develop some excellent initiatives to help us deliver on this. A new system has been introduced at GP practices in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale helping patients to access the right care to meet their needs – full story here – and this winter a simple blood test has been introduced to GP practices in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to help decide if patients really need antibiotics to treat their symptoms– read the news story here. The Integrated Neighbourhood Teams and Intermediate Tier Service are also really beginning to show benefits and have helped the borough achieve the best Delayed Transfer of Care figures across Greater Manchester.
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