Strengthening health and care services for the people of Bury is a key aim of a £19.2 million plan to help people lead healthier, happier lives.
The programme of improvements, called the Bury Locality Plan, involves changing traditional ways of supporting and treating people, with more focus on support nearer the home and in the community.
Health and care professionals, community groups and voluntary organisations are working together closely to deliver a more joined-up service with reduced duplication, meaning people will ‘only have to tell their story once’ to receive coordinated support from different agencies.
An example of the new approach is happening in Radcliffe and Prestwich where GPs are leading pilot ‘integrated neighbourhood teams’, with social workers and district nurses working together in the same ‘hub’ or office in the communities they serve.
These neighbourhood teams will be launched across the borough this spring. GPs and their practices will work with the group to identify people who need more support to help them stay well and out of hospital. The team hubs will not be open to the public – people will still go to their pharmacists or GP surgeries/medical centres for help and advice.
This new emphasis on preventing people getting ill and needing hospital treatment will see services like physiotherapy offered in the home, rather than on a hospital ward, supporting people to live healthier lives and becoming better informed about what support is available. There will also be increased support at home to help people leave hospital as soon as they are ready.
As part of the new approach, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bury Council, the organisations that decide how the health and social care budgets are spent, are now working together, as a single commissioning body, called the Bury One Commissioning Organisation, making joint decisions on how best to spend the money.
Greater Manchester is leading the way nationally with this new health and care partnership approach, which follows the historic devolution deal between the city region and central government, and allows the area to take charge of its £6 billion health and social care budget.
Bury has committed to investing £19.2 million from devolution’s Greater Manchester Transformation Fund and has invested additional money locally to create services fit for the 21st century.
Dr Jeff Schryer, chair of Bury CCG and a Prestwich GP, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to make huge improvements to how we look after people in Bury and encourage them to look after themselves.
“By working together, we can make sure we get help faster to those who need it the most, reduce the pressure on hospitals and help thousands of people remain well for longer than is currently the case.”
As well as bringing health and care services closer together, the Locality Plan will focus on getting every child ready to start school, mental health services and encouraging people to look after their own health and wellbeing.
Geoff Little OBE, Chief Executive at Bury Council and Bury CCG Accountable Officer, said: “The Locality Plan, spearheaded by the planned launch of the neighbourhood teams across the borough, is the start of a new way of supporting each other and making sure we fulfil Bury’s potential, giving children the best start in life and older people the chance to live better lives for longer.
”We’re looking at everything, from eating habits to exercise, as well as the ability to earn a decent living, and want everyone to play a role, helping us to use our health and care budget carefully by taking care of their health.”
A body called the Bury Locality Care Alliance has been established to implement the Locality Plan, bringing together the separate organisations which provide health and care services in Bury, including Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Care Alliance, using one budget and one way of working. Its name will change to Bury Local Care Organisation in April this year.
A new organisation has been launched which aims to transform health and care services for people in the borough.
The Bury Local Care Organisation (Bury LCO) was launched on 1 April, 2019 and has the aim of supporting improvements in population health and wellbeing, providing improved health and care to the people of Bury.
The formal alliance of organisations includes Bury Council, Bury GP Federation, BARDOC, Bury Voluntary, Community and Faith Alliance, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospital NHS Trusts), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and Persona Care and Support Ltd.
These organisations have made a commitment to work together as a single, innovative new body within the public sector, responsible for the transformation and delivery of a group of services. They will work as one joined-up team rather than separate organisations, leading to more coordinated help and support, getting the best value for public money.
The Bury LCO will be responsible for the majority of health and care services provided outside hospital, with a team of approximately 600 staff, with an operating budget of £27m, working across the borough, including district nurses, social workers, health workers and therapists.
A key aim of the group is to focus health and care services in the home and the community, with hospital or care homes only being used for those whose needs cannot be met elsewhere.
There is also a big focus on tailoring services for different areas of Bury which have different levels and types of demands, as well as encouraging people to have healthy lifestyles. For example, Prestwich has a high proportion of older people and so we will be carrying out more strength and balance training here to help reduce the number of injuries caused by falls.
The borough has been divided into five areas to help bring services closer to communities and will be carried out by ‘integrated neighbourhood teams’, which are teams of health, social care and Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) professionals, who will work closely together to deliver more joined-up care support.
Kath Wynne-Jones, chief officer of Bury LCO, said: “The launch of Bury LCO marks the start of a new era for health and care services in the borough. We want to enable our workforce and our population to be the best they can be. We want to remove barriers for staff that cause duplication, stress and uncoordinated care.
“This is a completely new way of delivering help and support for our people and each partner organisation is determined to make a difference and improve services.”
Greater Manchester is leading the way nationally with this new health and care partnership approach, which follows the historic devolution deal between the city region and central government, and allows the area to take charge of its £6 billion health and social care budget, tailoring services for the people they serve.
Each borough has produced a plan on how to do this – called a Locality Plan – and Bury LCO will contribute to implementing Bury’s plan. Bury is investing £19.2 million from devolution’s Greater Manchester Transformation Fund in order to create services fit for the 21st century.
Geoff Little, Chief Executive of Bury Council and Accountable Officer for Bury One Commissioning Organisation, said: “Bury LCO has a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.
“We now have all the professionals we need to deliver health and care services working together in one organisation, following one over-arching vision and plan.”