The Greater Manchester health and social care model puts people at the centre of their care and support
The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is made up of our local NHS organisations, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (the ten Greater Manchester councils and the Mayor of Greater Manchester), as well as our emergency services, the voluntary sector, Healthwatch and others.
We also have a number of partnership agreements with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, Healthwatch, Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service.
The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership website contains a wealth of information about other areas of work that are helping us to improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.8 million people living in Greater Manchester.
In April 2016 we took responsibility for the £6 billion Greater Manchester health and social care budget. In addition we have responsibility for a £450 million transformation fund (over five years) to help make the changes needed to dramatically improve health and social care and make sure we can afford everything we will need to look after our population in the future. We want to recognise people’s individual strengths and aspirations, listen to what matters to them and find solutions beyond medicine. Nowhere is this more important than when we consider the mental health and wellbeing of our population.
The Greater Manchester devolution agreement has provided an unprecedented opportunity to address challenges to improve mental health and wellbeing across Greater Manchester. We have a strong track record of collaboration across all key stakeholders, in particular with NHS commissioners & providers, local authorities, voluntary, community and social enterprise sector sector and people who use our services. By building on these partnerships, and working on the many resources and insights that already exist to promote mental health and wellbeing across Greater Manchester, we’re aiming to radically improve mental health services for the population of Greater Manchester.
Shifting the focus of care to prevention, early intervention and resilience and delivering a sustainable mental health system in Greater Manchester requires strengthened leadership and accountability across the whole system. To address this the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership agreed a single Greater Manchester-wide mental health and wellbeing strategy which we launched in February 2016.
The Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy Feb 2016 set out our collective ambition and focused on shifting the balance towards early intervention and prevention, improving access and providing integrated, sustainable services that support the whole needs of the individual.
We’re now in the process of developing a refreshed Greater Manchester mental health strategy. It will highlight achievements, the impact we’ve seen so far and will also set out our plans for the next 5 years in response to NHS England’s recent publication of the Mental Health Long Term Plan.
OUR KEY AIMS INCLUDE
- Better connected public services, communities and individuals to improve mental wellbeing and life chances
- Provide increased access across a range of mental health services
- Eliminate the current fragmentation of services and improve the experience of people who use our services
- Seek to improve public attitudes and behaviour towards people with mental health problems and reduce the amount of stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems report in their personal relationships, their social lives, at work, and also in their treatment within the services