The vanguard and the people it serves
Salford Together is a partnership which includes Salford City Council, NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Primary Care Together and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The partners are working together to provide more integrated care and new models of care to meet the needs of a changing population.
The integrated care programme originally focused on people aged 65 years and older. The successes and challenges of implementing integrated care to older people was fully reviewed and the Integrated Care Programme for older people extended across the entire city.
In 2016, staff from Salford NHS organisations and Council were brought together to create an Integrated Care Organisation (ICO). This is one of the first ICOs in England. The ICO has enabled more than 2,000 health and social care staff (including district nurses, social workers, hospital staff, and mental health professionals) to be employed by one organisation, creating a more streamlined service for people who use services.
What is changing?
Salford Together wants to offer more services that help and support people in their own communities and neighbourhoods.
It is investing in services closer to people’s homes – to help those with physical, mental health and social care needs.
Hospitals will still be there when people need them – Care in hospitals will be available when a person needs specialist care that can’t be provided in the community or at home.
Salford Together wants to support those who are healthy and well keep active and busy so they stay healthier for longer and support those who have care needs to manage their own conditions to improve their quality of life and independence.
The three aims are to:
- Deliver better health and social care outcomes for people
- Improve the experience of service users and their carers
- Make better use of limited resources
- Treat people more efficiently in the communities where they live which will prevent many people needing to visit hospital
- By identifying people with or at risk of developing an ongoing conditions earlier, Salford Together can offer better support and care, which in turn will improve people’s health outcomes and their care experience
- Support to help people manage their condition at home and keep fit and well