City’s health and social care boost as scope of service improvement outlined

SALFORD City Council today made a further historic commitment to improving health and social care in the city with the Cabinet expected to approve a range of adult social functions identified as forming part of a proposed Integrated Care Organisation (ICO).

The move comes just weeks after the city was granted ‘vanguard’ status and – with it – access to a share of a £200m transformation fund in order to pilot plans to redesign health and social care by bringing hospitals and community care together. This will also form part of the Salford approach to the Greater Manchester devolution of Health and Social Care deal.

Sue Lightup, Strategic Director for Community, Health and Social Care, said: “The council has worked with its partners at Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust for the past two years to develop an Integrated Care Programme for Older People.

“This has seen the pooling of budget and expertise to give better outcomes, improved experience and reduced costs.

“We established a formal Alliance in October last year which pledged to look into how we can use our relationships to develop better person-centred care and people might remember we have previously used a fictional character called Sally Ford to represent what all these changes are about.

“We are continuing to look at what we might achieve by working closely together and joining-up services to meet the challenges of a growing elderly population, diminishing budgets and our obligations under recent the Care Act 2014 to keeping people as independent as possible.”

The council has now conducted an assessment of what adult social care functions and services could be included in a proposed ICO. The findings suggest that a future ICO could see the majority of Salford Council’s adult services being managed and operated by Salford Royal; recently rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Ms Lightup added: “No decision has been taken yet and there be numerous points where there will be an opportunity for different views to be considered.

“This includes comprehensive staff engagement and consultation as we work together to improve the person’s experience of care and support, reduce costs and integrate these important services.”

It is anticipated that a business case for the planned ICO will be presented to partners in within the next few months, setting out detailed proposals, cost-benefit analysis and implementation strategy.