General Q&As

What is the Northern Care Alliance?

From 1 April 2016, Salford Royal has provided leadership and operational support to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (which currently runs The Royal Oldham, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, Rochdale Infirmary and Integrated community services, and North Manchester General Hospital. This arrangement was formalised under a management agreement in April 2017, and paved the way for the establishment of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) brings together five hospitals, specialist and acute services, a range of associated community services, and over 17,500 staff across Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  

Serving a population of 1.2 million people, the NCA oversees the provision of healthcare services in Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester through its Care Organisations. With an operating budget of £1.3bn, the NCA provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple hospital sites and local healthcare services.

More information can be found at

You can view the NCA organisational structure by clicking here 

Will there be any comms going to patients/service users?

There would only be a requirement to communicate the changes if it meant a change in the way services are delivered to patients after 1 July. This is not the case. Having said that, if in the future there are changes to the way services are delivered, there would require to be full consultation with patients and service users about any proposed changes. At the moment, the narrative for staff if asked is that “there is no change to the way your services are currently being delivered”.