Team Bolton

By Dr Wirin Bhatiani

Whether it’s getting more active, quitting smoking or giving up alcohol for Dry January, most of us make a New Year’s resolution.

It’s a time when it feels natural to look back on what we’ve achieved and set goals for the future – and many of them tend to be health related!

But it is not just individuals. As a CCG we are also reflecting on the past year and looking forward.

In Bolton, as nationally, all parts of our health and care system worked flat-out in 2019 to cope with a growing and increasingly complex workload and this will only continue in 2020.

Added to this, primary care is facing difficulties in recruitment and retention. Our hospital and community services are under similar pressures.

One way of tackling these pressures is by partnership working which is why I’m pleased that Bolton’s Health and Care Partnership has really taken shape over the last year.

This ambitious partnership involves the organisations which are responsible for the health and care of Bolton residents working together to radically change the way we deliver services. We will be rooted in our neighbourhoods to ensure that people receive right level of care and support in their community - from the right services at the right time.

We will also work with our wider partners to support good quality housing and employment opportunities and to protect and improve the environment – all of which have an impact on health.

But partnership working alone isn’t going to be enough to deliver our vision of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone who works and lives in the borough. It can only achieve so much and what’s needed is significant extra resources for both health and care services.

We need real investment; and we need any pledges made to the NHS to be fulfilled.

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