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Pooling health and care budgets
Wednesday 11th October, 2017

Wigan Council and Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are set to pool a significant proportion of their budget under plans to integrate health and social care commissioning in the borough.

The move, if approved by councillors at the its cabinet meeting and the CCG body meeting in October, would see the creation of a single commissioning function, complete with joint commissioning committee.

The committee, made up of representatives from both organisations including politicians and clinicians, would be responsible for overseeing the combined health and social care budget – ensuring the money is spent as effectively as possible to provide health and care services that improve the health and wellbeing of the borough’s population.

Following the £6bn devolution of health and social care in 2016, each of Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs were tasked with producing a local plan to improve the health of residents and to make services more joined up. An important part of the plan is to bring together leaders from organisations with responsibility for commissioning health and care services to do so in a joined up way.

In a joint statement, Wigan Council and the CCG said: “The long term health and wellbeing of residents will only be secured if organisations and individuals work together to take charge of the health needs of Greater Manchester. We’re already seeing some really positive results of this kind of joined up working between adult social care services and community nursing and with GP clusters, and in places like Scholes where public services like the police, health and council work together under one roof to solve some of the local issues. To support the providers of services working together it is really important that commissioning of these services is also joined up as much as possible. It is a great step forward for the council and CCG to not only continue to work effectively together but to have a responsibility for a shared budget.”

While the permanent committee will only come into force in April 2018, councillors and CCG body will be asked to decide whether a shadow committee can be formed in the meantime to begin making the necessary preparations.


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