Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has welcomed the recommendations made by the Health and Social Care Select Committee, published today.

Chief officer Jon Rouse was among the NHS and social care leaders who gave evidence to the evidence to the committee.

The committee highlights the need for collaboration, rather than competition, to ensure the NHS and the wider health and care system meets local people’s needs.

This is a model that Greater Manchester in particular is delivering through its unique devolution arrangements, said Mr Rouse.

He said: “In Greater Manchester commissioners and providers from health and social care are operating in exactly the collaborative way that the committee suggests. In our 10 localities CCGs and local authorities are pooling health and social care resources at place-level through integrated commissioning functions. This allows us to take a more strategic view of investment in the health and well-being of our population.

“Our integrated local care organisations are a collaboration between NHS trusts, GPs, council social care services and other partners. By working together around the needs of their local community and individuals local teams are able to support people in a more holistic way.

“The Greater Manchester Resilience Hub which coordinates care and support for those affected by the Manchester Arena attack, and our mentally healthy schools, which joins NHS support with schools and voluntary sector partners are also good examples in providing the support people need to build and maintain healthy lives.”

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