Health and care partners in Bolton will demonstrate the power of working together at an open event next week.
The Power of Partnership will be held on Wednesday, October 3 in the Festival Hall, Bolton Town Hall from 1.15pm to 4pm.
It will showcase the great work done so far as a result of the devolution of health and social care across Greater Manchester.
In 2017, Bolton secured £28.8 million from the Greater Manchester Transformation Fund in order to change to way it delivers services in the borough.
Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Bolton CCG have been working together, along with other providers and local community and voluntary services, to improve health and care which will ultimately enable residents to live a happier and healthier life.
Examples of the progress achieved to date include an increase in health and care professionals on the doorstep, improvements to A&E, more Technology Enabled Care (TEC) and the introduction of Community Asset Navigators who help to bring members of the community together to support each other.
Chief Officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Jon Rouse, will speak at the event to explain the difference Devolution has made and he wants to hear from members of the public about how it has made an impact on their lives.
There will also be key speakers from all partners involved in the Transformation work in Bolton, including the Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Linda Thomas, plus a chance to witness positive case studies from within the community.
From 1.15pm the Festival Hall will be a thriving market place, with a range of stalls showcasing achievements from across the health and care, and voluntary and community sectors.
Welcome and introductions will take place at 2pm, followed by an update of the Transformation journey so far.
The agenda will also highlight the future of Transformation and how partners will continue to work together more closely.
Dr Wirin Bhatiani, NHS Bolton CCG Chair, said: “I am proud of the way we have worked together in Bolton to make improvements for the benefit of our residents since local authorities and NHS organisations in Greater Manchester received greater devolution.”
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Linda Thomas, said: “The devolution of the health and social care budget to Greater Manchester has provided us with an opportunity to deliver services that meet the needs of local people.
“By working closely with our partners in the health and social care sector we have already seen significant changes that have made a big difference.
“This event will be a great chance to hear everyday examples of how this transformation is benefiting patients and service users in Bolton.
“It will also highlight our ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in Bolton.”
Chief Executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Jackie Bene OBE, said: “Devolution has given us the opportunity as partners to build a new future where using technology and a joined-up approach to delivering health and social care will lead to Bolton people living longer and happier lives.
"Being able to work more closely with partners means that our services become more seamless to the people who use them. Working together means that we can improve the experience of those accessing health and care services and can get full value of the Bolton Pound – the money spent on health and care services locally.”
The Power of Partnership event is open to the public and we ask that people register their interest by emailing Bolton CCG at BOLCCG.Communications@nhs.net