Pennine Acute Trust welcomes DevoManc plans to integrate health and social care

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Pennine Acute Trust welcomes DevoManc plans to integrate health and social care
27 February 2015

The Chief Executive of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has welcomed the groundbreaking plans around the future development and provision of health and social care across Greater Manchester, announced by the Government this week.

A signed Memorandum of Understanding between Greater Manchester and NHS England confirms a commitment to devolve from Government and bring together the city-region's £6bn health and social care budget.

The deal involves a joint agreement between NHS England, the 12 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and 10 local authorities for a framework for health and social care and plans for joint decision-making on integrated care to support physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Dr Gillian Fairfield, Chief Executive at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"This is a significant and exciting step towards greater integration of health and social care across Greater Manchester which we as a Trust and as a large NHS care provider fully support. It is a genuine opportunity for the NHS across the region and local authorities to further bring services together to enhance and improve the health and outcomes for the people of Greater Manchester.

"We believe the health and social care system must join and work together and build on the work and progress we have made over the last few years by integrating services.

"We are committed to working in partnership with our NHS colleagues and colleagues in social care on this shared vision of developing further integrated health and social care across Greater Manchester which will help us all focus more on preventative work in the community by bringing health and social care services together and help people to keep healthier, prevent illness, remain independent for as long as possible, and keep people out of hospital.

"These plans will lead to better care and better services for patients and their families."

The Trust currently provides a range of community and integrated services across the north part of the City of Manchester and has developed innovative new integrated teams jointly provided with Manchester City Council's social care services and other partner agencies.

Such services Trust include an integrated health and social care crisis response team, an integrated discharge team based at North Manchester General Hospital, a multi-disciplinary primary, community and social care team, Active Case Managers who provide a non emergency service which specialises in helping people with long term conditions, and an Acute Respiratory Assessment Service (ARAS) and COPD support team. 

The Trust is currently working with Manchester City Council and North Manchester CCG in driving forward plans to radically transform Manchester’s community care system and reform health and social care services, co-ordinating and delivering them in a way that achieves better outcomes for people. This involves developing new ways of working and new models of community-based care to support more people in their own homes and in the community, keeping people out of hospital and residential care, and to reduce admission and readmission to hospital. For example, by 2020, community services will seek to achieve a 20% shift from hospital and residential care.        

The Trust is also working with other local councils, CCGs and partner agencies across the North East part of Greater Manchester in developing models of integrated care such as in Bury, Oldham and Rochdale borough.