Bolton Health and Care Partnership

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Last year, we announced plans with our partners to radically change the way we deliver health and care services in Bolton. The aim was to build a system where we all worked together to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Since then we have worked hard behind the scenes to drive this transformation forward.

In the past few months, we have created a Strategic Commissioning Function (SCF) and we are currently developing an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP).

What’s a Strategic Commissioning Function (SCF)?

At the moment, Bolton Council and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have individual budgets to buy health and care services for adults and older people. From April 2019, these budgets will be pooled to create a total fund of £166.6 million.

This will enable the commissioning teams from both organisations to work together and make joint decisions on how best to spend the new combined budget for adults in Bolton. To make it even easier, they now also share an office at Bolton Town Hall.

To make sure they are making the right decisions, the SCF will report to the Shadow Bolton Partnership Board, which in turn will be accountable to Bolton’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Su Long, Chief Officer of NHS Bolton CCG, has been appointed Accountable Officer for health and care in Bolton and will oversee the work of the SCF.

Bolton Health and Wellbeing Board

What’s an Integrated Care Partnership (ICP)?

The Integrated Care Partnership (ICP) is a partnership made up of the different providers of health and care in Bolton. Together they will provide the most appropriate services for local residents in order to help them stay well for longer and in their own homes.

Overseen by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the partnership will include hospital and community health services, GP practices, adult social care, mental health services and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE).

The ICP will focus on the different neighbourhoods within Bolton, working directly with residents to help them build strong, connected and engaged communities that are fully involved in their own health and care services.

These developments are being led by Jackie Bene, Chief Executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of the partnership.











Why use the neighbourhood model?

The neighbourhood model of care in Bolton is based on one locality (Bolton), three districts (North, South, West), and nine neighbourhoods (Turton, Breightmet/Little Lever,

Crompton/Halliwell, Deane/Rumworth, Central/Great Lever, Farnworth/Kearsley, Chorley Roads, Horwich, Westhoughton) – each with a population of approximately 30,000-50,000. Each neighbourhood is different and people living in Farnworth will experience different health challenges to those living in Turton. The aim for each neighbourhood will be to improve the health of its population and to ensure a better experience for patients.

Working in this way will also enable the ICP to make better use of resources (money and buildings) and create a system that will last for the future.

There will be a bigger emphasis on highlighting health issues earlier and the focus will be on trying to prevent problems by involving people in their own health and wellbeing.

The aim of the ICP will be to deliver the right care in the right place and at the right time.

What next?

Over the next few weeks we’ll be asking health and care colleagues from each organisation to get involved in designing the new system. In addition, we’ll be seeking the views of people living in the neighbourhoods to tell us what they like about the current way they receive health and care services, and also how they would like to see things improved.

We will need your help, so watch this space!


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On April 1, 2016, Greater Manchester became the first region in the country to take control of its combined health and social care budgets – a sum of more than £6 billion each year.  

Health and social care partners in Bolton will be implementing changes, gradually, over the next five years up to the end of 2021.

Bolton’s plan is all about ensuring that we have effective and sustainable health and care services in the future, as well as a happier and healthier population.  

The increased investment of £28.8 million for the first three years will enable Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to place a much greater focus on care in the community.

Over the coming years, the Bolton Partnership will be working to deliver significant changes to health and social care in Bolton.  We’ll update Bolton people along the way and keep asking for your views, ideas and feedback.

Our Plan for Health and Social Care – Useful Information

We will be joining up services and taking down barriers between teams and key workers to make the whole process much simpler - ensuring that people do not always have to attend hospital to receive the best possible care.

The initial investment, for 2017-18, will be £13.2 million which will be split between projects such as: Boosting community action, an expanded dementia service, improvements at GP practices, community-based assessments, a new mental health crisis centre, better access to talking therapies, preventing ill health and a technology boost for care homes.

Please find below some useful information about the Bolton's Plan for your health and social care.


Below is an animation that Bolton Community and Voluntary Services, Healthwatch and NHS Bolton CCG have been working on for some time, which explains the new plan in an easy-to-understand way.


After considering regular questions which we have receive from the public and our partners we have put together some FAQs to make understanding the new plan as easy as possible.

For Bolton's Health and Social Care Plan FAQs click here


Bolton Scene Graphic

This graphic has been used in the latest edition of Bolton Council’s publication Bolton Scene which outlines where the money will be spent across Bolton.

For Bolton Scene Graphic click here


Bolton Plan Infographic

Please find below a couple of infographics which are useful to explain the journey that Bolton's Health and Social Care Plan will be taking over the coming years.

For Bolton's Health and Social Care Plan Infographic click here

For Bolton's Health and Social Care Plan web graphic click here

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