New £9m local partnership will see neighbourhood health and care teams better ‘in touch’ with people.

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New £9m local partnership will see neighbourhood health and care teams better ‘in touch’ with people.
15 February 2016

A £9m contract to deliver a range of community health and care services through integrated teams across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale has been awarded to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as the lead provider working in collaboration with local partner agencies.

The new contract and services will commence in the summer.

The community health and care teams will provide community nursing and therapy services for adults, treatment room services, expert patient (health promotion) services, neuro rehabilitation, amputee services, epilepsy services, stroke early supported discharge services and pulmonary rehabilitation, tissue viability, bladder and bowel – plus speech and language therapy.  The teams will also provide the out of hours adult community nursing service for patients within Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale borough. 

The teams will serve a population of 235,000 people across the Rochdale borough and the strength of the partnership means they will be developed to be better able to support people to enjoy longer, healthier lives and for those who need health and care to receive it at the right time and at the highest quality.

A procurement exercise managed by NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) established that The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, working in a new and unique partnership with local  organisations including Age UK Rochdale, BARDOC (Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call), GP Care Services Ltd (Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Borough Wide Provider of HealthCare Services), Greater Manchester Carers Trust, Link4life (Rochdale Borough wide Cultural Trust), Rochdale Housing Initiative, and VIC (Veterans in Communities), was the strongest bid to meet the needs of local people.

Each of the multidisciplinary integrated neighbourhood teams will be made up of a range of health and care professionals but will also include a number of new and innovative roles and all will be bespoke to the neighbourhoods they provide for.  They will work closely with GP practices across the borough.

Mr Ian Mello, Director of Commissioning at Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG said;

“The CCG has embarked on a robust tender process in order to award this substantial three year contract. We were impressed with Pennine Acute’ s strong submission and their innovative approach to partnership working which will make the teams more ‘in touch’ with their patients. These community and neighbourhood contacts will be used to provide a greater depth of knowledge and understanding of the clients thus making their health care more bespoke.  This provider demonstrated an exciting vision and clear plan for how they could effectively work together to successfully integrate services for the benefit of local people.”

Steve Taylor, Divisional Director for integrated and community services at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“As the lead provider we at the Pennine Acute Trust are delighted to have secured this opportunity to work with local GP practices and local organisations in this unique partnership to deliver our shared ambition of truly joined up health and care services for the people and families of Rochdale borough. Each of the multidisciplinary integrated neighbourhood teams will bring health and care professionals together. We are keen to work with the vast and valuable range of organisations that also support people in the borough to deliver this vision and to provide joined up, accessible and responsive care in local neighbourhoods that means people are cared for and supported in the right place with the right care at the right time. We welcome the support and confidence of our forward thinking commissioners who are keen, as are we, to make this happen.”