Two Greater Manchester community care models have today (Tuesday) received a boost with NHS England announcing a new three-year plan to support successful programmes for improving health and care.

NHS England is planning to work with six community projects as part of their Vanguards programme – which was launched in January 2015 across England – to develop, test and spread effective ways of mobilising people in ways that improve health and care outcomes.

NHS England is making Transformation Funding available to support this work and two of the six projects are in Greater Manchester with the Stockport Together and the GM Cancer Vanguard projects are set to receive a share of the money.

The Stockport Together programme – which supports social movements in the region and across GM – reaches out to out to lonely, housebound and disengaged people through community groups and improved understanding. The funding will support projects such as; Offerton’s crowd funding ‘Detroit Soup’, Marple’s postcard ‘have a cuppa’ project led to the One Good Turn Timebank and Cheadle’s cross-generational ‘Tec Buddy’ scheme.

The GM Cancer Vangaurd programme will sit at the heart of Greater Manchester’s Cancer Strategy to support a social movement that will engage citizens in their own health by creating a digital platform for cancer that will connect people, communities and services.

Ian Williamson, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Care Devolution, said of the announcement: “This is a significant achievement for Greater Manchester and the teams in Stockport and the Cancer Vanguard deserve huge credit for driving forward the programmes in such a successful way.

“The announcement from NHS England is further vindication of the trust being placed in those who work in the health sector in Greater Manchester and of the optimism that is currently being felt across the region as we look to make the fastest and greatest improvement in the population’s health and wellbeing.”

Dr Viren Mehta, CCG Clinical Director and GP in Cheadle, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity. Already a lot of good work is happening in Stockport to support communities to come together to take control of the own health and care.

“This funding will help to innovate further and share good practice across the whole of the country to improve the quality of life for all communities.”

NHS England has identified the following vanguards to participate in this programme. These represent diversity in terms geography and type of vanguard and also provide a mix in terms type of social movement, including community wide and condition/cohort specific approaches.

  • Royal Free London (Acute Care Collaboration): aims to kick-start a social movement toward workplace health and wellbeing. In this way the NHS community can act as a role-model for generating wider change.
  • Wellbeing Erewash (Multispecialty Community Provider): has an aspiration that by 2020, its communities will have sustainable self-support systems and mechanisms in place which will empower them to make healthy and sometimes life changing choices.
  • Stockport Together (Multispecialty Community Provider): aims to support social movements in Stockport and across GM, building on its ambitious People Powered Health programme to `hard-wire’ social action into a transformed health and care system, and build co-production with people living with long term health conditions.
  • Accountable Clinical Network for Cancer (Acute Care Collaboration): working through the GM Cancer Vanguard it will apply at scale a multi-faceted approach to nurture a social movement across the entire cancer prevention spectrum which is ultimately self-sustaining.
  • Better Care Together, Morecombe Bay Health Community (Integrated Primary and Acute Care Systems): aims for communities mobilised at scale for health and wellbeing and integrated into the local leadership structure; and a social movement across the health providers around population health thinking – moving from “patient to citizen” and “organisation to system”.
  • Airedale and Partners (Enhanced Care in Care homes): aims to mobilise businesses, organisations, voluntary groups and individuals, young and old, to commit and act to improve the lives of people affected by dementia in care homes

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