Macc is involved in ongoing devolution discussions in Manchester to ensure the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector can play a full part in trying to ensure that devolution benefits the communities of Manchester. We have detailed below the main information we have so far and will continue to monitor and be involved in discussions and developments as devolution takes shape.
Fully devolved responsibility for health and social care was implemented in Greater Manchester in April 2016 and it was the first region in the country to take control of its combined health and social care funds, which were in excess of £6 billion. Devolution presents Greater Manchester with a unique opportunity to more directly tackle the health inequalities that disproportionately affect the communities of the region and its 2.8million residents. This will be led by politicians, councillors and senior health officials working in partnership and the voluntary and community sector has an important part to play with our connections in communities, and our track record of trusted, effective and innovative work.
The diagram below gives a clear summary of the new GM health and social care system:
In February 2019, Ben Gilchrist, Deputy Chief Executive at Action Together gave a presentation with lots of useful information on the latest developments in GM health and social care. A copy of the slides are available below.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the NHS have formed a Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership which is tasked with overseeing devolution and taking charge of the £6bn health and social care budget. The partnership is made up of the 37 NHS organisations and councils in the city region. More details of their vision, aim and objectives can be found on their website.
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care VCSE Memorandum of Understanding
In 2017, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Board agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. The 'MoU' has been negotiated on behalf of the sector by GMCVO and the Greater Manchester VCSE Leadership Group. It will apply to work at both GM and locality levels and provide the framework for an inclusive approach including co-design and co-delivery, representation and resources. A copy of the MoU is below.