Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care)

View the sustainability and transformation plans for Greater Manchester STP, details of the footprint lead and which CCGs, Local Authorities and Trusts make up this footprint.

In 2015 the 37 NHS organisations and local authorities in Greater Manchester signed a landmark agreement with the government to take charge of health and social care spending and decisions in the city region. The area’s five-year plan therefore pre-dates the national request to develop a sustainability and transformation plan, but NHS England agreed that the process met relevant process requirements and Greater Manchester agreed to participate in STP milestones to share learning with other areas.

STP plan

View the STP plan and a summary of proposals

Footprint lead

Sir Howard Bernstein, Manchester City Council

Who is involved in the partnership and how many people does it serve?

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)

  • Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Bury Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Salford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wigan Clinical Commissioning Group

Local Authorities

  • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Manchester City Council
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Salford City Council
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

NHS Trusts

  • Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Central Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust
  • North West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • Pennine Acute NHS Hospitals Trust
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Together, the partners serve a population of 2.8 million.

What needs to change?

Greater Manchester has the fastest growing economy in the country, yet people there die younger than people in other parts of England. Cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses mean people become ill at a younger age and live with their illness longer than in other parts of the country. A growing number of older people often have many long-term health issues to manage.

Thousands of people are treated in hospital when their needs could be better met elsewhere, care is not joined up between teams and not always of a consistent quality. The partnership organisations also spend millions of pounds dealing with illnesses caused by poverty, stress, air quality, debt, loneliness, smoking, drinking, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity.

The challenge is significant; if local leaders do not start to act now to radically change the way they do things, by 2021 more people will be suffering from poor health and local services will be facing a £2 billion shortfall in funding for health and social care services.

But, like the challenge, the opportunity is huge.

What will this mean for local people?

The vision for Greater Manchester health and social care is to deliver the fastest and greatest improvement in the health and wellbeing of those who live across the area. The local plan focusses on four big areas.

  • A fundamental change in the way people and communities take charge of – and responsibility for – managing their own health and wellbeing, whether they are well or ill. This will include exploring the development of new relationships between NHS and social care staff and the public who use services; finding the thousands of people who are currently living with life changing health issues and do not even know about them and investing far more in preventing ill health. Local leaders want people to start well, live well and age well.
  • The development of local care organisations where GPs, hospital doctors, nurses and other health professionals come together with social care, the voluntary sector and others looking after people’s physical and mental health, as well as managers, to plan and deliver care – so when people do need support from public services it’s largely in their community, with hospitals only needed for specialist care.
  • Hospitals across Greater Manchester working together across a range of clinical services, to make sure expertise, experience and efficiencies can be shared widely so that everyone in Greater Manchester can benefit equally from the same high standards of specialist care.

Other changes will include exploring sharing some clinical and non-clinical support functions across lots of organisations; giving people greater access and control over their health records and ensuring they are available in hospitals, GP practices and with social care so people can tell their story once; investing in Greater Manchester wide workforce development; sharing and consolidating public sector buildings; investing in new technology, research and development, innovation and the spreading of great ideas

Local leaders are aiming for some big benefits for the people of Greater Manchester by 2021, including:

  • 1,300 fewer people dying from cancer
  • 600 fewer people dying from cardiovascular disease
  • 580 fewer people dying from respiratory disease
  • 270 more babies being over 2,500g which makes a significant difference to their long-term health
  • More children reaching a good level of social and emotional development with 3,250 more children ready for the start of school aged 5
  • Supporting people to stay well and live at home for as long as possible, with 2,750 fewer people suffering serious falls.