Local people are encouraged to find out more about what’s happening in health and social care at a celebration event on Friday 15 June.

Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s (HMR CCG) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in the morning at Number One Riverside in Rochdale town centre. As well as highlighting the CCG’s achievements and challenges during 2017-18, the event will also celebrate the local impact of the devolution deal that saw the release of £23.5m over four years  into the borough to fund the transformation of health and social care initiatives.

Two years ago Greater Manchester signed a historic devolution deal with the government taking charge of the £6bn spent on health and social care across all the area’s ten boroughs. Devolution means decisions about how to care for the 2.8m people who live in Greater Manchester are now taken in Greater Manchester – allowing local expertise, experiences and situations to shape health and care. Friday’s event is an opportunity to learn more about what this means and to see what has been achieved over the last two years.

Dr Chris Duffy, HMR CCG Chair and local GP said:

“We are looking forward to hosting our AGM alongside our devolution difference event when we are delighted to welcome Jon Rouse and other Greater Manchester colleagues.  The session is giving local people the opportunity to observe the work the CCG has carried out over the last 12 months in the Rochdale borough and also provides them with a snapshot of work that has been undertaken throughout Greater Manchester as part of Devolution and find out more about the transformation here.”

 Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Jon Rouse, said: “It’s two years since the devolution deal was signed. At the time it was widely seen as a revolutionary change to the way health and care could be delivered – and though there’s still work to be done, we are beginning to see the actual difference these principles have made to local people when put into practice.

“The event is an excellent opportunity to discover how devolution has affected the lives of people in Greater Manchester. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to take the time to come along and find out how health and care is evolving across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.”

The event is also marking the 70th anniversary of the birth of the National Health Service when the winners of the borough’s primary school birthday card competition will be announced.

The celebration begins at 9am at Number One Riverside when  exhibition stands and information displays will be set up in the ground floor foyer area. The CCG AGM will formally begin at 10am in the first floor training and conference suite. The celebration of GM devolution will follow at 11.15am.

Anyone wishing to attend the AGM and devolution event is asked to confirm their attendance by contacting the Communications Team via email at hmrcommunications@nhs.net or by calling 01706 652853.



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