About Stockport Together
The five main health and care organsiations in Stockport have been committed to working differently since January 2015, when they formally began working on the Stockport Together programme. Since then, the organisations have been working together and combining their skills to better serve the 300,000 people of Stockport.
These organisations have pledged to deliver the following: ‘A safe, affordable and integrated health and social care system to meet the needs of Stockport.’ This perfectly sums up the core aims of Stockport Together.
‘Trailblazing’ and ‘innovative’ may not be words you traditionally associate with health and social care in Stockport, but that’s not going to hold us back. We are transforming the way that healthcare is managed and organised in Stockport so the services you rely on are fit for purpose in the 21st century.
Why things need to change
The rising number of older people in Stockport means there will be a greater need for health and social care support both in the short and long term.
If we can improve the health and wellbeing of the older generation, then their quality of life should greatly improve, and the need for in and outpatient care (health services provided in a hospital setting) should be reduced. Consider this: one in five of the population in Stockport is aged over 65. This proportion is expected to keep rising.
We understand that people prefer to be treated in their own home rather than in hospital. While hospital can be the right place for some, top notch care at home is, in many circumstances, more beneficial to the patient and their recovery. After all, we’d all rather be in our own beds instead of stuck on a ward.
What is happening?
We have the tools to prevent disease and improve people’s health. It makes sense for us to modernise in both health and social care, in the same way that medicine has too.
We want to provide an efficient and effective system. We’ll do this by changing our way of working: instead of being a reactive service, we will become proactive.
This should help you to maintain your independence, reduce the number of unnecessary outpatient visits, and lower the frequency of hospital stays and the length of time spent in a hospital bed. Having health and social care services which work better together will enable us to support people when they no longer need specialist medical support, but may need some longer-term ongoing social care input.
All of this is being done at the same time as a number of other national changes to health and social care. Locally, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has seen the transfer of certain powers and responsibilities from national government to Greater Manchester to change the way health and social care is delivered across the region.
For more information, visit: http://www.gmhsc.org.uk/