Tackling ill-health, promoting healthy lives
The NHS and our local councils have worked together on health and quality-of-life issues for some time. We're going to tighten these arrangements so there's an even more co-ordinated, easier-to-understand system.
We want greater prosperity, better health, and a good quality of life for Greater Manchester people. But our region has some of the poorest health in the country.
The groundbreaking health devolution plans give Greater Manchester and local NHS services much more control of the region's £6 billion health and social care budget.
It means we can better respond to local people's needs, and can tap into their experience and expertise to influence spending plans. We will focus on preventing ill health and promoting healthy lifestyles.
As a result, we will close the gap between those with the best health, and those with the worst: within our region and between Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK. Greater Manchester people will enjoy some of the best health in the country, rather than suffering some of the worst.
The NHS carried out a major review of health and care services in Greater Manchester called 'Healthier Together'. It included a public consultation to identify people's health challenges, and their views of potential changes to improve health services.
As part of the health devolution agreement, the 37 NHS organisations and local authorities in Greater Manchester committed to produce a comprehensive plan for health and social care.
The final draft of this plan ‘Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester’ was endorsed by the Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership Board on Friday 18 December, 2015. It details our collective ambition for the region over the next five years, setting out our direction of travel.
New commitment made to transform GM’s record of poor mental health
A ‘transformational commitment’ is being made to improving mental health services in Greater Manchester, with a new approach to prevention expected to tackle the root causes of mental illness at an earlier stage.
Greater Manchester currently suffers from some of the poorest levels of mental health in the country despite spending £600million on delivering mental health services every year. However, with mental health and wellbeing being such an important factor across all forms of ill health, it is estimated that the wider economic cost of mental health to Greater Manchester is approximately £3.5bn.
To find out more about how partner agencies across GM plan to make this change for the benefit of local people, please go to the GM mental health strategy.