Oldham has a strong history of working together, a place where everyone is encouraged to do their bit to create a confident, prosperous and ambitious place to live and work.
Following the announcement of Health Devolution in 2016 and the news that £6bn of funding would be put into the hands of the ten localities across the region, Greater Manchester received a further £450m of health and social care transformation money, and £21.3m of this will be spent in Oldham.
Change is already underway to ensure we make every penny count.
One of our first aims is to create and deliver a model of care that brings together health and social care systems, improving outcomes for local people and reducing health inequalities, so that everyone living in Oldham has the best chance of a longer, healthier life.
You can learn more about Oldham Cares by clicking here (External Website) to watch this short animation.
How will this change be delivered?
To drive this change forward, different parts of Oldham Council, the NHS and the community and voluntary sector have come together and formed Oldham Cares.
Oldham Cares brings together services and systems that help care for our local communities. This joined up way of working will mean a better experience for patients and, in the longer term, real improvements to their health and wellbeing.
Oldham Cares aims to see the greatest and fastest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of our communities by 2020, and the plan to achieve this includes:
- Supporting people to be more in control of their lives;
- Having a health and social care system that is geared towards wellbeing and the prevention of ill health;
- Access to health services at home and in the community;
- Social care that works with health and voluntary services to support people to look after themselves and each other.
In 2018 we began 'The Big Conversation' with residents of Oldham through our online survey, Town Centre 'Pop Up Shop' alongside attendance at events in the community such as the Oldham Cares Devolution Difference event and the Oldham Festival. The engagement was also supported with a social media campaign and the launch of our joint website OldhamCares.com (External website)
As part of our enaggement work we also produced a number of 'Talking head' videos to explain the ideas behind Oldham Cares
Cllr Chauhan - Oldham Cares from Oldham Council on Vimeo.
John from Oldham Council on Vimeo.
Donna McLaughlin from Oldham Council on Vimeo.