On 1 April 2016, in a ground-breaking devolution deal, it became the first region in England to ever be given the freedom and responsibility to look after the health and social care of its 2.8m population; a population with a significantly lower life expectancy than most of the UK.
With a £6 billion-plus budget, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) wanted to develop a new model of commissioning and service provision that would address health inequalities and inconsistency in care, which would place the focus on prevention and earlier intervention and thus reduce the demand on the expensive acute sector.
Deloitte took on important commissioned work to support their overarching transformation journey to radically change health and social care provision across the region and achieve financial sustainability over time. Our work was significant in helping the emerging Partnership to establish its vision and provide the case that helped secure £450m of transformation funding from NHS England.
The true impact will be seen over the long term as improvements to structure and delivery of healthcare services, and their integration with other frontline services, deliver fundamental changes to the life expectancy and wellbeing of GM’s citizens, especially the most vulnerable.