Greater Manchester Devolution
A ‘new era for Greater Manchester’ started on 1 April 2016, as the region became the first in the country to take control of its combined health and social care budgets – a sum of more than £6 billion.
It means that – for the first time – leaders and clinicians will be able to tailor budgets and priorities to directly meet the needs of local communities and improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.8million residents.
It presents health officials with a unique opportunity to tackle some of the poor health inequalities that currently blight the region and the past year has seen politicians, councillors and senior health officials work in partnership to establish a system of governance that will allow Greater Manchester to prosper.
Greater Manchester has also received £450million in additional transformation funding to support developments to the system, outlined in December 2015 when we revealed a five-year vision for services across Greater Manchester, underpinned by four key long-term goals:
Creating a transformed health and social care system which helps many more people stay independent and well and takes better care of those who are ill.
Aligning our health and social care system far more closely with the wider work around education, skills, work and housing – we spend our £22billion effectively.
Creating a financially balanced and financially sustainable health and social care system – we spend our £6billion effectively and spend no more than that.
Making sure all the changes needed to do this are done safely so the NHS and social care continues to support the people of Greater Manchester during the next five years.
These priorities are underway and continue to be shaped as health officials respond to what local people want; using their experience and expertise to help change the way we spend the money.