In April 2016, Greater Manchester took control of its health and care system as part of a landmark devolution agreement that saw decision making powers, plus the total health and social care budget of £6bn, come under the control of a city region for the very first time.
At tonight’s prestigious Teddy Chester lecture at the University of Manchester Business School, Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, explained how this groundbreaking devolution project is firmly rooted in both the history of the NHS and the development of Greater Manchester.
This is particularly timely as the NHS approaches its 70th birthday next year amid concerns around what the future may hold for our health service.
In the lecture, entitled ‘Taking Charge? Learning from health and social care devolution in Greater Manchester’, Jon sought to answer the question “why devolution?” and explored what the system as a whole can learn from the unique Greater Manchester experience.