Welcome Message from Raj Jain, Group Chief Executive of the NCA

Dear colleague,

On behalf of my Executive colleagues, our Board of Directors, and all of our staff here, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our organisation.

Although your employment is now with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (SRFT) as the statutory NHS Trust, today you are one of 1,300 staff joining the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) as part of our group of hospitals and community services.

As from today, you are joining our organisation that employs over 19,000 staff. We serve a diverse catchment population of over 1 million people in communities across Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester. Our services are provided through our Care Organisations, each with their own leadership team and operational management structures – all of which work closely with health and care partners to integrate care and support for local people.  

Our greatest asset is our people.  As one of the largest NHS organisations in the country, we are creating an environment that I hope will inspire, support and empower you and your team to be the best that you can be to deliver great care for our patients and service users.

But the growing size and scale of our organisation is not the reason your service and employment is transferring. The overwhelming consensus is that by bringing a wide range of health and care services within each locality, we can begin to drive forward and further develop more person-centred care, reducing fragmentation and improving outcomes. We should be excited by the opportunities this brings for the transformation of care in these areas. This is the right thing to do for the people and families that rely on our support and services. It will also, I am confident, make things easier for you and the teams you work in.

Most of you will continue to do the same job, in the same place. You will be working in the community, as part of our developing Local Care Organisations, and within or alongside integrated and local neighbourhood healthcare teams. For some corporate staff, your transfer will mean a new place of work, and perhaps joining one of our corporate teams.  Your new line manager will be working hard to support you as you settle in.

We understand that there will be various things for you as new members of staff to the NCA to get to grips within these first few weeks. I hope that the planning and work that has been undertaken by many people across both Pennine Care FT and our teams over the past few months has helped someway to ensuring that your transfer and transition to us will be as smooth as possible. An Information Pack has been pulled together for you and also lots of information and advice that you may need is available on our online Staff Transfer Hub – here. This can be accessed at: www.pat.nhs.uk/community-health-staff-transfer-hub.htm

Information Packs:

Bury & Rochdale Information Pack – here.

Oldham Information Pack – here.

Corporate Services Information Pack – here.

Quality and safety remain at the front and centre of everything we do. Our core mission is about Saving Lives, Improving Lives. As a member of staff, your contribution will help us achieve this.  The thing that matters most is that we all work to meet our Group values: People and Patient Focus; Accountability; Continuous Improvement; Respect.  

Thank you for what you do and your continued hard work in providing important care in the community, whether for children, adults, the frail and elderly, or those with special needs.

I hope I, along with my Executive colleagues, will be able to meet some of you over the coming weeks and months.

Best wishes,

Raj Jain

Group Chief Executive

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group