02 Apr 2019
“Names not numbers” is the commitment Greater Manchester’s leaders have given this week (1 April) by publishing two documents which together set out the most radical overhaul of the way public services have ever been delivered – with people’s health and the NHS at its heart.
The new Greater Manchester Model of Public Services recognises that every area of public service has health benefits as one of its objectives; good health is created by good housing, good education, good work, social, digital and transport connections, clean air, safe neighbourhoods and opportunities to be physically active.
At the same time the Greater Manchester Health and Care Prospectus paints a compelling picture of the creation of a population health system, where inclusive economic growth is a main tenet and healthy and independent people play their full role in the region’s economic prosperity. This is also reflected in our emerging Local Industrial Strategy, the city-region’s plan for good jobs and growth, which will be published later in the year.
The documents represent further significant steps forward in the city region’s unique devolution journey, which continues to build a movement to give local public services, communities and individuals increasing control over the decisions which affect them at local level.
And three years on since Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership took charge of the £6bn spent on health and care we are starting to turn the tide on the causes of poor health for the 2.8m people here, as well as having an impact across wider policy areas.
Although significant progress has been made, the gap in health with the rest of England remains in many areas. Leaders say they are committed to the journey to achieve the region’s goal of becoming one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on in life and grow old.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
“This is by far the most ambitious development of public services happening in England, with health at its heart. We will invest power in our local teams to be creative and think differently, to have the freedom to work in a different way and support people as individuals, not numbers.
“We don’t want to talk about patients, clients, service users and customers – our public sector silos – we want to use people’s names. This Greater Manchester model is a powerful collective statement about our shared ambition.”
Lord Peter Smith, chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“We have a record of delivery – our achievements of the past three years prove it – and our promise is that we will do more.
“The way we work together as public services, in partnership with the voluntary and community sector and our communities, means we can work together to improve health in ways and places where it makes sense in people lives.
“Our approach aims to support people to gain the confidence, self-belief and technique to adopt healthier lifestyles, manage their conditions, change the way they do things and demand good health.”
Jon Rouse, chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“We have put in place the building blocks to achieve the biggest and fastest improvement to the health of our citizens.
“We have changed the way health and social care works so that teams work better together now and we have invested in technology, services and ways of working.
“Our approach has attracted attention worldwide and has helped to inform the NHS Long Term Plan.
“We know that health inequalities remain and there is much to do. This prospectus sets out how we will build on what we have achieved already and our unique approach to meeting those challenges.”
Among those who have examined Greater Manchester’s approach is Jason Helgerson, the former Medicaid Director for New York State and Founder/Chief Solutions Officer of Helgerson Solutions Group.
He said: “Greater Manchester is a global epicentre for health and social care innovation. Integrated care isn’t easy but it’s the best way forward and it’s really happening in communities all across the region. The world has much to learn from Greater Manchester and the local innovators who are transforming care for their entire population.”