Committee looks to Manchester for solutions
Caring Times, January 2017
In early December, the House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS met to take evidence from the leaders of the new Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the devolved body which now controls a £6bn annual budget to deliver health and social care in Greater Manchester.
The Committee wanted to explore whether the pioneering devolved model in Manchester could provide lessons that different regions or UK as a whole could learn from when delivering sustainable health services to an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs.
Questions covered the impact of devolution on health and social care in Greater Manchester including how funding is now distributed differently around the system, the effect on workforce planning and what benefits the devolution has produced in integrating health and social care services.
The Committee also sought information about technological developments that will have the greatest long-term impact on NHS sustainability and how the NHS can be encouraged to adopt new technologies.
The inquiry also focused on prevention and how preventative and early intervention can help achieve a healthy population and reduce overall costs. It also looked at what can be done to strengthen the approach to prevention and early intervention in mental health.