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£23m health boost for Tameside and Glossop residents

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is investing £23.2m to improve the health and wellbeing of Tameside and Glossop’s almost 250,000 residents.

Spread over four years, the cash will help establish an Integrated Care Organisation in Tameside and Glossop to enable the best use of resources and meet the needs of local people.

Care Together brings the people of Tameside and Glossop, along with GPs, the local council, care providers, hospital staff, community services and charities together to effectively tackle the causes of poor health, improve health and social care services, improve healthy-life expectancy and place the person at the centre of their care.

There will be an increase in the volume and scope of care, treatment and rehabilitation delivered in community and home settings, coupled with excellent, responsive acute services when necessary.

Tameside and Glossop is the third area in Greater Manchester to benefit from part of a £450m ‘Transformation Fund’ via NHS England.

The fund was awarded to the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to help the region achieve the fastest and greatest health and wellbeing improvements to residents through devolution.

The money will ensure those receiving support also have the skills to take greater control of their care needs.

Dr Alan Dow, Glossop GP and chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop CCG, said: “Seeing patients every day allows me to see where the gaps between health and social care are and how we often make the patient fit into the system, rather than the system fitting around the patient.

“The founding principle of Care Together was to put the patient first and this funding allows us to make these principles a reality.”