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NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG), Rochdale Borough Council and other local public sector partners are working together to draw up a ‘Locality Plan’ – their vision for providing health, social care and other services for the local population – and they need your views.

Local residents are invited to attend a public meeting on Wednesday 21 October at 12.30-4pm at St Andrew’s Church on Entwisle Road, Rochdale, OL16 2HZ, to discuss the health and social care aspects of the plan. These include prevention, public health and the transformation of GP services, mental health and community based care and support. A light lunch will be provided at 12.30pm and places must be pre-booked by emailing NHS HMR CCG Communication and Engagement Lead Phil Burton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rochdale borough residents, health and social care professionals and representatives of local organisations attended a number of similar events earlier this month where they shared their views to be fed into the plan, which is a crucial part of the Greater Manchester Devolution (GMD) programme that will see local healthcare leaders and local authorities take control of the region’s £6 billion health and social care budget.

There were over 20 events where local people discussed topics including social care, mental health, hospital and out of hospital care, primary care, and self-care.

“It’s important that we involve local people in the development of the Locality Plan and we’re keen to engage with Rochdale borough residents to ensure their views are taken into consideration,” said NHS HMR CCG Chair Dr Chris Duffy.

“Thank to you to everyone who attended the events. There’s still chance to get involved. You can tell us your views via an online survey or come to the meeting in October.” The survey is available by clicking here.

Ian Mello, NHS HMR CCG’s Director of Commissioning and Provider Management, and Senior Responsible Officer for the Rochdale borough Locality Plan, said: “Our vision is to make the biggest, fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of local residents and deliver radical improvements over the next five years.

“The local plan looks at the short term, medium and longer term. It’s our opportunity to shape transformation as we think it should be done locally. By 2020, this approach will mean we have a strong, safe and affordable health and social care system that is fit for the future and a happier, healthier population.” 

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