Find out for yourself why Oldham Cares is making the devolution difference

Date published: 22 October 2018

Oldham Cares is set to welcome Jon Rouse, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, to celebrate and showcase the positive difference that health and social cares devolution is starting to make here in Oldham.

The exciting event, due to take place at the Civic Centre in the centre of Oldham today (Monday), will give attendees the opportunity to find out what health and social care devolution means for Greater Manchester and to see some of the examples of how it’s being delivered on the front line to patients and residents across the Borough.

Through a series of presentations, case studies and videos members of the leadership team and other special guests will share the vision for Oldham Cares and talk about some of the brilliant work that’s already happening in our neighbourhoods and communities.

Speakers at the session will include Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s Chief Officer Jon Rouse as well as key figures from the Oldham health and social care economy.

Delegates will also be able to visit a marketplace where Oldham Council, Oldham Clinical Commissioning group and other partner agencies will showcase their achievements and share their future plans, with a focus on the impact we are having on the lives of real people by bringing together health and social care in the borough.

The event will be split into three parts:

·         Marketplace: Chadderton Suite, Civic Centre, 11am–12.30pm

·         Speakers and presentations: Queen Elizabeth Hall, Civic Centre 12.45–2.45pm

·         Marketplace: Chadderton Suite, Civic Centre 3–4pm

The event will end with a question and answer session where guests will have the chance to ask the panel their questions about the future of health and social care in the borough.

Councillor Zahid Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in Oldham to see the difference we’re making to people’s lives thanks to devolution.

“I’d urge everyone to come along and find out about how we’re on the way to achieve the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of the population of Oldham.”

Dr John Patterson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Oldham CCG, added: “We are at a real turning point in terms of how we commission and deliver health and social care for the people of Oldham.

"We want our services to be the best they can be, we want our patients to take control of their health and wellbeing and we want to help people find their health and keep it for longer.

"This event is a milestone in our journey and gives us the opportunity to tell the public about the work we do and why it’s important that they get involved.”

Mr Rouse added: “It’s two years since the devolution deal was signed.

"At the time it was widely seen as a revolutionary change to the way health and care could be delivered – and though there’s still work to be done, we are beginning to see the actual difference these principles have made to local people when put into practice.

“The event is an excellent opportunity to discover how devolution has affected the lives of people in Greater Manchester.

"I’d encourage anyone with an interest to take the time to come along and find out how health and care is evolving in Oldham.”

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