Stockport health and social care providers sign significant new agreement to work together

Senior leaders from the organisations providing health and social care services in Stockport came together today (Wednesday 6th April) to mark the start of a brand new way of working, by signing an agreement to work as a Multi-specialty Community Provider (MCP).

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Operating as Stockport Together, leaders signed the agreement which will see the organisations work together to reshape local health and care services. Signing the document formalised the plans to come together as a shadow single organisation for the care of older people for the next 12 months, ahead of the launch of a new health and care organisation in April 2017.

Under the new care model, eight neighbourhoods have been identified in Stockport, which will provide health and social care services centred around GP practices. The newly formed neighbourhood teams will be expanding over the coming months, to bring together nurses and community health services, hospital specialists and other health and care providers to deliver out-of-hospital care within the community.

As part of Stockport Together’s vanguard programme all the providers have committed to developing the eight neighbourhoods across Stockport, so they are in a position to take more responsibility for providing a better range of services at a local level for patients.

Andrew Webb, Senior Responsible Owner and Director of People at Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, said: “We have agreed to form a Shadow Multi-specialty Community Provider to progress the work of Stockport Together – and signing this contract marks the start of a new chapter for health and social care in Stockport.

“The organisations will work together to establish a financial, governance and contractual framework for the delivery of integrated health and social care in Stockport. The document reinforces our collective will to improve health and care outcomes for local people.”

April 1st also marked the start of the new pooled budget arrangements under a section 75 legal agreement between NHS Stockport CCG and Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council. The pooled budget will total approximately £200m.

The new integrated commissioning function will bring together commissioning knowledge, expertise and resource (including staff) from the Council and CCG with the aim of continuing to develop the integrated arrangements. Integrated commissioning will work alongside the shadow Provider Board as it starts to develop the new organisational form.

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