People and communities
By Dr Wirin Bhatiani
If you follow what’s happening in the world of health and care in Bolton, then you’re probably well aware of the plans to change the way services are delivered in our town.
Last year the CCG, Bolton Council, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust (GMMH) and the community and voluntary sector announced they were forming a partnership that would focus more on the needs of people living in our communities.
Communities and neighbourhoods have a key role in health and wellbeing.
Evidence shows that health services alone impact around 10 per cent towards our wellbeing.
The majority impact is determined by important factors like housing, income, education and opportunities, and transport.
Our communities; our friends and families also make a huge difference to our health and wellbeing.
Therefore, we are committed to our Bolton vision of creating connected communities and we are organising the delivery of health and care in a more local and joined-up way.
We have been working with staff across all organisations to develop a neighbourhood model of care, and this will give us an opportunity to truly integrate health and care services across public and voluntary sectors.
Our approach will be based on the needs of individuals and the communities or neighbourhoods in which they live.
You have told us that this is important and colleagues working in the health and care field agree.
We want to connect people to the support available in their community and hope that they will recognise the strength and opportunities around them to improve their confidence, independence and wellbeing.
Soon, we will be having further conversations with the public to ask what they think about our proposed new way of working.
So, watch this space!