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Last year, we announced plans with our partners to radically change the way we deliver health and care services in Bolton. The aim was to build a system where we all worked together to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Since then we have worked hard behind the scenes to drive this transformation forward.
Last year a Strategic Commissioning Function (SCF) was created. Work is now underway on the development of an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).
What’s a Strategic Commissioning Function (SCF)?
From April 2019 Bolton Council and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) joined budgets to buy health and care services for adults and older people. These budgets have been pooled to create a total fund of £166.6 million.
This will enable the commissioning teams from both organisations to work together and make joint decisions on how best to spend the new combined budget for adults in Bolton. To make it even easier, they now also share an office at Bolton Town Hall.
To make sure they are making the right decisions, the SCF will report to the Shadow Bolton Partnership Board, which in turn will be accountable to Bolton’s Health and Wellbeing Board.
Su Long, Chief Officer of NHS Bolton CCG, has been appointed Accountable Officer for health and care in Bolton and will oversee the work of the SCF.
What’s an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)?
The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is a partnership made up of the different providers of health and care in Bolton. Together they will provide the most appropriate services for local residents in order to help them stay well for longer and in their own homes.
Overseen by us at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the partnership will include hospital and community health services, GP practices, adult social care, mental health services and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).
The ICP will focus on the different neighbourhoods within Bolton, working directly with residents to help them build strong, connected and engaged communities that are fully involved in their own health and care services.
These developments are currently being led by Jackie Bene, Chief Executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of the partnership.
Why use the neighbourhood model?
The neighbourhood model of care in Bolton is based on one locality (Bolton), three districts (North, South, West), and nine neighbourhoods (Turton, Breightmet/Little Lever,
Crompton/Halliwell, Deane/Rumworth, Central/Great Lever, Farnworth/Kearsley, Chorley Roads, Horwich, Westhoughton) – each with a population of approximately 30,000-50,000. Each neighbourhood is different and people living in Farnworth will experience different health challenges to those living in Turton. The aim for each neighbourhood will be to improve the health of its population and to ensure a better experience for patients.
Working in this way will also enable the ICP to make better use of resources (money and buildings) and create a system that will last for the future.
There will be a bigger emphasis on highlighting health issues earlier and the focus will be on trying to prevent problems by involving people in their own health and wellbeing.
The aim of the ICP will be to deliver the right care in the right place and at the right time.