A healthier You

Did you know that most ill health is caused by lifestyle choices? Too many of us don’t exercise enough (or at all!), drink too much alcohol, smoke cigarettes and have poor diet and nutrition.

It’s often hard to break old habits, but small changes can make a big difference. Little decisions to change your lifestyle around things like sleep, stress levels, exercise, diet, smoking and alcohol can add up to a really significant difference overall. Find out more about how you can take control and feel better.

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Sign up to the Health Huddle

If you’re interested in taking part in the Oldham Cares journey it’s easy to get involved, by joining our Health Huddle. You’ll be able to give as little, or as much time as you like to the programme, and you can choose the activities you want to take part in.

We offer opportunities such as:

  • Online surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Information about our Public Meetings
  • Consultations
  • Informal meetings

Plus many other opportunities to hear you thoughts and experiences on the services we commission, If you would like to be involved in the Health Huddle:

A new approach to health and social care

We are on a journey to achieve the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the population of Oldham by 2020.

We’d love you to join us…

  • 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, in 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.

Our aims

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 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 national and international evidence
  • 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
  • Safeguarding
  • 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 Oldham’s children’s services will also be brought together. We are working to ensure children’s health and social care is included in the programme, as the work to date has largely focused on our 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.