ORGANISATIONS came together in Tameside and Glossop to share how services are being transformed to put people first and improve lives.
Tameside Council hosted the Neighbourhood Summit at Dukinfield Town Hall on Wednesday (30) to celebrate ground-breaking partnership work and inspire further developments.
The ambition is for public services and organisations to work closer together and put people at the heart, rather than process and systems.
The event highlighted achievements from partnership work across Tameside and Glossop and the difference that Greater Manchester devolution is making for health and care services.
It featured interactive market stalls where delegates found out more about public services and community and voluntary groups and the initiatives they’re delivering to improve residents’ lives, health and wellbeing.
Presentations were given by Tameside Council Chief Executive and NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG Accountable Officer Steven Pleasant, Action Together Chief Executive Liz Windsor-Welsh and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse. They were joined by Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (ICFT) Chief Executive Karen James, NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG chairman Dr Alan Dow and Director of Public Health Jeanelle De Gruchy for a question and answer session.
Amongst those hosting stalls were Citizens Advice, Cash Box, Active Tameside, Tameside Youth Council, Dementia Friends and Welfare Rights.
Examples were given of how Tameside and Glossop is already leading the way to provide services of the highest quality.
The innovative Strategic Commission brings Tameside Council and NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG together and works closely with Tameside & Glossop ICFT under the umbrella of Care Together. This model of working was one of the first to be established and is being emulated across the country.
Changes such as social prescribing are improving health, wellbeing and welfare by connecting patients to community services and organisations, helping them to be more active and involved.
And the acclaimed Digital Health Service has improved the care of older people in their own homes, reduced hospital admissions, prevented ambulance call outs and saved £1.3million by giving care homes and community staff access to specialist health professionals via Skype.
Other highlights include the award-winning Shared Lives campaign, which supports adults with care needs, ranging from regular support with activities to permanent placements with carers, living as one of the family.
Further successes so far include 368 young people supported into work, £20million invested into Active Tameside helping people get fitter and healthier and 40,000 additional hours per year of Greenspace work.
Steven Pleasant said: “The Neighbourhood Summit celebrated the progress being made across Tameside and Glossop in transforming services to put people at the heart of what we do and inspired those involved to drive these improvements further.
“We want to continue to develop services to focus on supporting residents, from ensuring school readiness and providing a good quality education to delivering good quality housing, a wide range of work opportunities and the ability to age well.”
Liz Windsor-Welsh said: “It was great to see all these organisations and people coming together and hearing of all the achievements so far from partnership working, which is improving services and lives across Tameside and Glossop. With the engagement and participation of local people we can continue to improve lives and opportunities.”