Oldham Cares isn’t another organisation. It’s a different way of working. It’s about joining up the gaps between our health and social care systems to make things better for people who live in Oldham.
Our approach is based around place-based ‘systems of care’ in which commissioners (the people who design services) and providers (the people who deliver them) work together.
Instead of working for individual parts of the system, the organisations will be working for Oldham as a whole and, at a more localised level, for the smaller neighbourhoods and communities where our patients and residents live.
Giving people and communities the power to change things will help us to get where we need to go.
But to do this, we need to ensure that Oldham has:
- An inclusive economy – which means everyone in Oldham has a fair and real chance to access opportunities and improve their own lives
- Co-operative Services – which means we will commission and provide health and social care services which create the biggest impact for people using and accessing them
- Thriving Communities – which means people live in neighbourhoods where the idea of building a strong community really means something
We want our teams and systems to:
- Be focused on improving health outcomes and performance
- Set quality as the business strategy, and enable professionals to do the right thing
- Be patient and people-centred to help residents to live healthy lives
- Strengthen joint approaches across all partners with a focus on prevention and the most disadvantaged
- Enable patients to make informed choices
- Be needs led but focused on solutions for our patients and service users
- Reduce unnecessary interventions, including hospital admissions
- Be developed using the national and international evidence base
- Support innovation
Our early priorities
There are a number of key areas that we will be working on during the first year as Oldham Cares.
- Care homes and care packages
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health
- Dementia specific services
- Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
A number of key areas of work have also been initiated to drive forward transformation work:
- Thriving Communities
- Mental Health
- Core and Extended Primary Care
- Urgent and Emergency Care
- Community Enablement
Some of the Council’s children’s services are also in scope for aligned commissioning. We are working on how ensure children’s health and social care is included in the programme, as the work to date has largely focused on the adult population.
What changes will I see?
We are committed to achieving the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of Oldham’s residents by 2020. We need to act quickly, and we need to harness the support and involvement of as many local people as possible.
We want local communities to be represented in the Oldham Cares system, whether it’s as a family, as an individual, as a voluntary or community group or as a gathering of friends and neighbours. Action at every level will help move this work forward and give everyone better health outcomes as a result.