Local GP and patient attend Downing Street reception

A GP and patient from Stockport attended a special reception hosted by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street on Monday (23 November 2015).

Christine Morgan and Dr Ranjit Gill, local GP and Chief Clinical Officer from Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, joined more than 100 other NHS and care staff at the event. They were also joined by other patients and patient representatives from across the country.

This was because Stockport Together (comprising health and social care partners) is one of 50 ‘vanguards’ helping to deliver the Five Year Forward View, the vision for the future of the NHS.

Vanguards are leading on developing new care models that will act as blueprints for the future of the health and care system across the country.

The aim is to make health, care and support services more accessible, more responsive (less waiting time for patients) and more effective. Care will be better coordinated and closer to home.

They are also looking to offer one point of call for family doctors, community nurses, social and mental health services.

In addition, they are joining up the often confusing array of A&E, GP out of hours, social care services, ambulance services and 111 so that people know where they can get urgent help easily and effectively, seven days a week.

Stockport Together is a partnership including: NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, NHS Stockport Foundation Trust and NHS Pennine Care Foundation Trust. Leaders from these organisations have committed to make the partnership work a top priority and are working together to develop an overall strategic plan for the borough to integrate and transform health and social care services.

Once the plans are approved in December more detailed planning will take place with staff and the public. The aim is for there to be some positive differences to the way that health and care is provided in the borough from April 2015.

For more information go to http://stockport-together.co.uk

Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “I wanted to get you together to say a really big thank you, because I’m very proud of our NHS, I’m passionate about our NHS – as this whole Government is – we want it to be a real exemplar around the world.

“The agendas you’re pursuing of better service for patients, integrating care in different pathways, making sure we make the most of science and innovation, that’s the way – combined with the money – to have an NHS we can be even more proud of in five years’ time and that’s what I’m standing here trying to do for our country. So thank you.”

Samantha Jones, Director – New Care Models Programme, said: “The new care model vanguards are helping to shape the future of health and care services across England.The team from Stockport Together are playing a vital role, implementing new ways of working which will improve the care patients and their families receive.

“This event is just one of many ways we are celebrating their important work and sharing their plans with other people across the wider health and care services”.

The NHS Five Year Forward View is a partnership between NHS England, Monitor, the Care Quality Commission, The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), Health Educational England, Public Health England and the NHS Trust Development Authority.


For further information contact: Louise Hayes, Head of Communications and Engagement, louise.hayes2@nhs.net 07973894477

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