Trafford signs Greater Manchester's first All Age Community Health and Social Care Services agreement

Trafford s75Last Friday (1 April) marked a new era in Trafford following the signing by Trafford Council and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, of Greater Manchester's first Strategic Partnership Agreement for Integrated All Age Community Health and Social Care Services.

Both partners have reinforced their commitment to building on the strong partnership working which has existed over recent years - a Partnership Agreement has been in place between the two organisations since November 2013. The signing enables the formalised arrangements for the provision of Trafford's children's and adults community health services to be updated.

Moving forward, the key difference to the current arrangements is that Pennine Care will, until March 2018, take lead responsibility for the day to day provision of children's services, while retaining their adult services responsibilities. Both organisations will continue to be responsible for their individual statutory obligations. This approach will not only enable continued improvement and development of local services, but ensure Trafford has efficient, effective, value for money health and social care services in future.

The partnership agreement will see health and social care staff working together in integrated teams, based in four Trafford localities: north, south, central and west. With support from other local organisations, the integration will allow a range of care providers, such as primary care, schools, pharmacists, and nursing and residential homes, to work much more closely to the benefit of Trafford residents.

New care pathways, shared case management, IT systems and processes will be in place and will be developed to work with the Trafford Care Co-ordination Centre (TCCC), currently being implemented by NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

The integration will also lead to further developments around safeguarding, including the introduction of an ‘All Age Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub’ (MASH) and a single point of access for agencies and professionals to raise safeguarding concerns, better co-ordination of care for people and families with complex needs, a strong focus on reducing utilisation of hospital care, as well as greater promotion of self-help, with support available to help Trafford residents to manage their own health and social care needs.

Trafford Council Chief Executive, Theresa Grant, said: "The Council and its partners are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of local people, ensuring they are safe and within strong family units and receive excellent quality services. In Trafford we are rightly proud of the formal partnership working which continues across children’s and adults services. With significant changes underway both locally and through the wider health devolution, it is right we develop a sustainable health and social care model.

“Our strong approach to partnership working has achieved excellence in our joint children and young people's services which is recognised nationally. This latest radical step to provide an all age model of service delivery will enable us to provide tailored, person and family-centred focussed services. In turn these will help local people of all ages stay safe and independent, receiving support from highly-skilled, effective professionals at a time and in a way it is needed.”

Michael McCourt, Chief Executive of Pennine Care, said: “The need for a partnership approach to care delivery is highlighted as a key aspect of both the national NHS Five Year Forward View and the region’s Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution plans, so we’re pleased to be taking a lead role in driving this forward in Trafford through the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement. We look forward to building on the foundations of the successful partnership that already exists between Pennine Care and Trafford Council.

“At Pennine Care, we’re very much focused on delivering high quality care that meets the needs of people living in the communities we serve and we believe effective partnership working with other local organisations is the right way to achieve the best outcomes for those who use our services.”

In addition to ensuring continued high quality services provided by highly skilled, motivated staff, this agreement will also ensure services remain transparent and accountable, with service users understanding the standards and type of services they are entitled to expect.

A significant transformation programme is underway to support the delivery of the new service by the end of 2016.