Welcome to this month’s blog. As ever our work is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of local people and September is shaping up to be an important month for the CCG.
I conducted interviews for Dr Lynn Hampson’s replacement for locality lead, which I found enjoyable and educational. We appointed Dr Aggy York and look forward to working with her in her new role.
I met with Rochdale MP Tony Lloyd to update him on priorities and major challenges for the CCG, we have started discussions on how we will work together for the benefit of Rochdale residents.
We exhibited at the NHS Health & Care Innovation Expo 11-12 September at Manchester Central Convention Complex and showcased our pioneering new project to test new technologies in healthcare.
The Long Term Conditions Early Intervention Test Bed programme is one of seven Test Beds announced last year by NHS England to find innovative technologies and evaluate their potential impact on improving the performance of the NHS. Our project is helping to identify people in Rochdale borough at risk of long term conditions (LTCs) earlier and prevent unplanned hospital admissions. It involves using healthcare technology to better understand trends and patterns related to long term conditions like heart failure, type 2 diabetes and some lung diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Expo was a great platform for the CCG to let colleagues know about the great strides we are making here in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to deliver personalised patient care for those at risk of LTCs, and for us to learn about the innovation and transformation taking place across England's health and social care system.
On Monday 11 September we presented about our Test Bed project, giving details about the projects aims and objectives, goals, overview and evaluation tools. Andy Burnham Greater Manchester Mayor attended our stand and chatted about the project in more detail in relation to residents in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and the potential to expand the project across GM]. Over the two days we had a lot of visitors to the Test bed zone interested in our project and wanting to know more detail.
The event over the two days was very interesting with input and keynote addresses from, Simon Stevens (NHS England Chief Executive), Professor Sir Bruce Keogh (National Medical Director for NHS England) with closing remarks on day two from RT Hon Jeremy Hunt (Health Secreatery).
Many of you will already be familiar with the work we have been doing around Rochdale borough’s Locality Plan - the blueprint for health and social care in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. This month we have some exciting developments to announce. We are hosting a Community Views public engagement event on Thursday 21 September, 6pm-7.30pm at the Centre of Wellbeing, Training and Culture (CWTC). We want to feed back on the progress of the Locality Plan so far and include Rochdale borough residents in the process further. The Locality Plan is extremely important and will affect everyone in the borough so I’d urge you to attend and have your say. To book your place, click here.
We have also launched a series of ‘7 Minute Briefings’ to help people understand the Locality Plan and its aims and objectives. We will be sharing these on our website, via partner organisations and on Twitter and Facebook over the coming weeks so look out for them. In the first of our 7 Minute Briefings, you can read an overview of the Locality Plan here.
Looking ahead to next month, there’s a change of venue for our Governing Body meeting Friday 20 October. It will be held 10.30am-11am at Committee Room 1 at Rochdale Town Hall. Find out more here.
Thanks for reading
Dr Chris Duffy