Sally has plan to bring united health services to people
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