• Jon Rouse is to be appointed as Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • He will play a critical leadership role, working closely with partners to deliver the five-year vision to radically improve health outcomes in Greater Manchester
  • He will have a significant role in the region’s wider public sector, ensuring that health and social care plays a central role in the economic growth planned through devolution
  • Jon Rouse brings many years of senior leadership experience to the role and will leave his role as Director General at the Department of Health to take up the position in Greater Manchester

Jon Rouse has today (Thursday 31 March) been appointed as Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – the body overseeing devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester.


Working closely with senior health, social care and council leaders from across the region, Jon Rouse will oversee a new era for Greater Manchester, as it takes charge of a £6billion health and social care budget from April 1.

The appointment follows a unique agreement in February 2015 to create a united, single leadership for health and social care across Greater Manchester – to ensure the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the 2.8million residents.

Jon Rouse, a graduate of the University of Manchester, brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked extensively in both national health and local government positions.

Before joining the Department of Health as Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnership in 2013, Jon was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Croydon, following similar roles at both the Housing Corporation and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.

He has also held a wide range of non-executive positions with organisations including English Partnerships and Homelessness International and was a non-executive director on the Department of Health’s board until 2010.

Jon has been involved in the Greater Manchester health and social care devolution programme since the summer, making a significant contribution as a member of the Programme Board since the Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2015. He is now looking forward to using his extensive experience in a more central position.

Jon said: “I am very excited to have been given this opportunity to lead Greater Manchester’s health and care programme. It is right and fitting that a vibrant and ambitious region like Greater Manchester should be able to make its own choices about how best to promote the health of its citizens and how to shape the best possible health and care services.  I consider it both a huge responsibility and privilege to be asked to lead the whole partnership on this exciting journey.”

Jon will oversee a new era for health and social care services, with local leaders having the freedom to shape decisions on a combined £6 billion budget for the first time. It means policies can be developed to radically transform the health of Greater Manchester’s 2.8million people and build a clinically and financially sustainable model of health and social care.

He will look to embed health and social care at the heart of wider reform in Greater Manchester and establish a new relationship between public services, citizens, communities and businesses to bring a change in approach to health and wellbeing, both at home and in the workplace.

Key responsibilities for the role include:

  • To be responsible to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board for the implementation of the five-year vision to improve the region’s health outcomes
  • To integrate the delivery of health and social care devolution with the wider growth and public service reform priorities to maximise economic growth and prosperity in Greater Manchester
  • To be accountable for leading the work to enable the region’s health economy to becomes financially and clinically sustainable by 2021
  • To be responsible for ensuring the alignment in delivery between the Greater Manchester five-year vision and the 10 locality-based plans
  • To collaborate with regulators and national bodies to influence and shape their interactions with any part of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care system

Lord Smith, Chair of the Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board, has welcomed Jon to the role: “We are delighted to have secured such a talented and experienced Leader as Jon for this – one of the most significant public service leadership roles in the UK.”

Paul Baumann, NHS England’s CFO and Devolution Programme Director, said: “It is fitting that we have secured one of the country’s foremost public servants to lead the trail-blazing work in Greater Manchester.   His extensive experience of leading transformation and integration programmes at local, national and international level will equip him well to play a central role in delivering the ambitious goals Greater Manchester has set itself for its pioneering devolution journey.”

Dr Hamish Stedman, Chair of Salford CCG, said: “Speaking on behalf of the Association of GM CCGs, I really look forward to working with Jon, as GM takes control of Health and Social Care.  His broad experience of both local government and the health sector will be invaluable as we reshape how we care for the people of GM. His experience and track record is matched in equal part by his passion and enthusiasm.”

Ann Barnes, Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust said: “On behalf of the Provider Federation Board I am delighted to see such a high calibre individual as Jon Rouse appointed to this unique leadership position. His clear passion and commitment for the job will strengthen the delivery, at pace and with efficiency and effectiveness, of improved outcomes for the people of Greater Manchester.”

Jon Rouse takes over from Ian Williamson, who successfully led the devolution programme over the last year as Interim Chief Officer. Ian led the devolution team through high-level negotiations with the government, NHS England and the Department of Health, to establish a robust process of governance for the future of health and social care in Greater Manchester as well as a£450million Transformation Fund to support the ambitious plans.

He also oversaw a move to seven days a week access to primary care in the 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester, a new model of public health leadership launched, and developed new strategies to tackle patient outcomes in areas such as dementia, mental health and learning disabilities.