Local people are invited to find out how devolution is making health and social care services better in Bury

Local people are invited to an event on Friday 5th October to find out how devolution of health and social care is making a difference in Bury and across Greater Manchester.

Bury is making big changes to health and social care services and making them much better for local people.  People’s experiences will be improved by organisations and services working more closely together and with the communities they serve, whilst better managing demand and priorities at a neighbourhood level, so that people get the support they need, when they need it.

Bury has secured £19.2 million from the Greater Manchester Transformation Fund and has invested a further £4 million locally in order to move to this all age system-wide approach.

The cash injection will mean that we can relook at services and support in Bury; reviewing what is needed to look after the local population in the future, ensuring services are fit for the 21st century and that outcomes for local people are improved.

It’s now two years since Greater Manchester signed a historic devolution deal with the government allowing it to take charge of the £6 billion spent on health and social care across the region.

To mark this key milestone, Bury will host a roadshow event where local people can come along and hear how devolution is making a real difference to people’s lives, both across Greater Manchester and closer to home in our own borough.

Bury’s community roadshow will take place in two parts:

  • Firstly, there will be a drop-in market place where people can find out more about what devolution means for them by coming along to meet the teams that are leading on the changes.
  • Secondly, there will be a structured roadshow event including an introduction to and celebration of the difference Greater Manchester devolution is making to the vision for our future health and social care services in Bury and time for questions.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: Friday 5th October 2018

Venue:  Main hall of the Elizabethan Suite, Bury Town Hall (tea and coffee available)

Part 1:  12 noon to 2pm:  Drop-in and talk to us about how devolution is making a difference in Bury

Part 2:  2pm to 3.30pm:  Roadshow:  A celebration and demonstration of the difference devolution has made in Bury and beyond over the last two years

Bury’s ambitious plans for system-wide change to local services are set out in its Locality Plan.  The plan focusses on four main ways to transform health and social care, these are:

  • Building new relationships – between local people and public services
  • Staying well for longer – by focussing on prevention of ill health and creating a whole system to promote wellness
  • Reducing waste and repetition in the system – to improve efficiency and focus care on individuals
  • Tackling wider influences on health – such as deprivation, work and skills, housing and education

Dr. Jeff Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The investment from the transformation fund will enable us to make a significant difference to services in Bury for the benefit of our local population.”

“We are already seeing how devolution is making a difference for communities right across Greater Manchester, including in Bury. By having more co-ordinated services available, more of a focus on the right support in the right place and reducing inequalities, local people will remain well for longer than is currently the case.”

“We are delighted to welcome Jon Rouse (Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership) and other Greater Manchester colleagues to talk about our plans, what has already been achieved and our vision to improve services for the future at our community roadshow.”

Councillor Andrea Simpson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing added:  “At this event we want to share our progress and future plans for better, more connected care for everyone.  I would encourage local people to come along to find out about our ambitious priorities and programmes that together, will improve people’s health and wellbeing and secure a sustainable health and care system for us all.”

“We are looking at everything from eating habits and exercise, to education, the ability to earn a decent living and developing integrated neighbourhood teams to support people where they live.   We are excited by the challenges that lie ahead and the rewards for the people of Bury.”

“By investing now to ensure we have more responsive and efficient services in the future, we can reduce the operational and financial pressures we currently face within the most critical parts of our health and social care system.”

Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Jon Rouse said: “It’s two years since the devolution deal was signed. At the time it was widely seen as a revolutionary change to the way health and care could be delivered – and though there’s still work to be done, we are beginning to see the actual difference these principles have made to local people when put into practice.”

“The event is an excellent opportunity to discover how devolution has affected the lives of people in Greater Manchester. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to take the time to come along and find out how health and care is evolving across the region.”

“There is still a lot of hard work to do, but we are already making good progress towards ensuring  all people have a good start and enjoy a healthy, safe and fulfilling life.”

Further information can be found at www.onecommunitybury.co.uk/

To ask a question or confirm attendance to help with planning, please e-mail: buccg.communications@nhs.net  


Date: 13/9/2018


NHS Bury CCG’s Press Office: buccg.communications@nhs.net  / 0161 253 7636

Bury Council’s Press Office: Peter Doherty | 0161 253 6096 | p.doherty@bury.gov.uk