New Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Senior Management Team Takes Shape

  • New GMHSC Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse announces three new senior executives
  • Richard Jones has been appointed Executive Lead for Adult Social Care
  • Nicky O’Connor has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer
  • Steve Wilson has been appointed Executive Lead Finance and Investment

New Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse has announced three new senior executives to join his team.

Richard Jones, Nicky O’Connor and Steve Wilson will join the senior management team of the Partnership that is overseeing devolution and supporting Greater Manchester in taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget.

All three will play critical leadership roles, working closely with partners to deliver the five-year vision to radically improve health outcomes in Greater Manchester.

Jon Rouse said: “We now have the freedom and flexibility to focus on our place and our people, making our own decisions about some of the most important things in our life, not just health but education, skills, housing, planning and work.

“We have an ambitious transformation programme across Greater Manchester, supported by a £450m investment fund and the £6bn budget we have taken charge of, but we must also make sure we concentrate on the current quality of services as well as the longer term

“We will work together across Greater Manchester to make sure expertise, experience and efficiencies can be shared widely so that everyone here can benefit equally from the same high standards of care.”

Richard Jones will become the new Executive lead for Adult Social Care as part of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Richard has been a Director of Social Services and Adult Social Care and Community Services for 10 years at Lancashire County Council and 6 years at St Helen’s Council. He has also worked for NHS England as an Area Director in Lancashire.

He has also worked as a senior civil servant in the Department of Health, as Assistant Chief Inspector for the Social Services Inspectorate in the North West and was President of Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS) in 2010-2011. He has been awarded a CBE for his services to Adult Social Care.

He is also Chair of Shared Lives Plus, a non-executive Director for Anchor Trust (largest UK non-for-profit provider of housing and care services for older people) and a trustee with Scope and Action on Hearing Loss.

Richard said: “I am looking forward to the level of ambition across Greater Manchester – where the vision is to do something very different by using the experiences of real people.

“Greater Manchester is planning real change which will make a difference to communities. How we plan to manage health and care needs will keep, where possible, people living at home and in their communities.”

Nicky O’Connor will take up the role of Chief Operating Officer – overseeing the detailed delivery of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Plan. She will work with the Strategic Partnership Board to identify and drive work programmes for transformation that support the devolution and integration agenda, as well as achieving wider Greater Manchester growth and reform ambitions.

Nicky joins from NHS Improvement where she has been involved in various senior leadership roles including Portfolio Director, Programme Director for the North Cumbria Success Regime and Director of Corporate Affairs at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (working with the Trust to enable them to be removed from ‘special measures’).  Previously she has worked in senior roles at the North West Strategic Health Authority and Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority.

Nicky O’Connor said: “I am delighted to take on this challenge of playing a leading role to improve health and social care in Greater Manchester, my home area and one which I care about very deeply.”

Steve Wilson will take up the role as Executive Lead Finance and Investment – ensuring we secure value for money from public resources and securing new sources of investment that can contribute towards improved health and wellbeing of the population.

Steve joins from NHS England where he is currently Director of Financial Control. He is a key member of the national finance leadership team for NHS England. Previously he has worked in senior roles across NHS finance including Deputy Chief Executive/Director of Finance for Wirral Community NHS Trust and acting Director of Finance for NHS Manchester.

Steve said: “This is a great opportunity to join the executive team that will play a key role in making the radical and ambitious vision to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Greater Manchester a reality.”

The Partnership has already played an important role in shaping Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care landscape since taking responsibility for devolved powers and budgets (some £6billion) since 1st April.

It was recently announced Greater Manchester is investing £36 million to bring hospitals, social services and community healthcare closer together to improve services for patients.

Stockport and Salford are the first two localities to benefit from part of a £450 million ‘Transformation Fund’ which was awarded to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to help the region achieve the fastest and greatest improvement to its health and wellbeing through the process of devolution.