Sally has plan to bring united health ser­vices to peo­ple

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T’S the big­gest shake­ups of the NHS in re­cent years.

But what will the £6bn de­vo­lu­tion of health ser­vices to Greater Manch­ester mean for Rochdale?

Cen­tral to the bor­ough’s am­bi­tions to im­prove the health of Rochdalians is the ‘lo­cal­ity plan’.

It’s stated aim is that by 2021 ‘more peo­ple will be in con­trol of their own health and well­be­ing, man­ag­ing their long term con­di­tions well and be­ing sup­ported to achieve good health and well­be­ing across their life’.

The way health bosses plan to do that is by bring­ing the full range of health ser­vices, from GP surg­eries - to so­cial work­ers and hos­pi­tals - to­gether to work more closely and ef­fec­tively.

And for­mer nurse Sally McIvor is the woman whose job it is to make sure all the var­i­ous health ser­vices come to­gether to bet­ter serve the pub­lic.

“It is about do­ing things to­gether across health and so­cial care, pub­lic health and well-be­ing,” said Ms McIvor, the joint di­rec­tor of in­te­grated com­mis­sion­ing by Rochdale Bor­ough Coun­cil and Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group.

“How do we make a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity? The idea is we start to think how to bring it all to­gether.

“At the mo­ment we do ev­ery­thing sep­a­rately, but we want to make things more sim­ple, more straight­for­ward.

“We want to sup­port the fam­ily in the com­mu­nity as much as pos­si­ble and at the right time.

“The flex­i­bil­ity of de­vo­lu­tion is how can we make care and the plan­ning of care more ef­fec­tive. My job is to help that hap­pen.”

The plan has some big tar­gets. By 2021 it aims to re­duce the num­ber of peo­ple go­ing to A&E by 20 per cent, re­duce emer­gency ad­mis­sions and read­mis­sions to hos­pi­tal by 20pc. It also aims to en­sure phys­i­cal and men­tal and health is treated equally well and that more peo­ple are liv­ing in­de­pen­dently.

Cen­tral to the plans are GP surg­eries

Ms McIvor hopes in the fu­ture pa­tients will be able to ac­cess things such as respite care, get help with learn­ing is­sues for chil­dren among many other things via their lo­cal prac­tice. She added: “Smok­ing, lone­li­ness, chil­dren’s, men­tal health - we have huge is­sues in many ar­eas.

“There is a huge is­sue around men­tal health. We think we north­ern grit and just get on with it, but we want to put things into com­mu­ni­ties to help peo­ple look af­ter them­selves bet­ter.

“We want to fo­cus on young peo­ple and chil­dren much more.

There are things we want to put in place to sup­port them and help them sup­port each other.

“I would like to see peo­ple not hav­ing to go to the hos­pi­tal. I would like to see as much as pos­si­ble not be­ing done in hos­pi­tal. This change is the big­gest thing I have ever seen.

“If you are liv­ing in Rochdale and you have a fam­ily, you’re look­ing af­ter your mum, what are the is­sues af­fect­ing you, the re­ally big day-to-day stuff? How do we build that sup­port back into com­mu­ni­ties?”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit hmr.nhs.uk and go to the ‘Rochdale Bor­ough Lo­cal­ity Plan’ un­der the ‘Get In­volved’ tab.

●●Sally McIvor, is the joint di­rec­tor of in­te­grated com­mis­sion­ing by Rochdale Coun­cil and Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group

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