The biggest reorganisation of NHS services seen in decades is in full swing across the country. In Greater Manchester devolved powers over the health and social care budget will put patients and communities in the driving seat when it comes to choices that affect their lives.
As part of health and social care reform in the city region, the NHS Transformation Unit has secured a commission to support the standardisation of acute and specialised care.
It’s well placed to do so, because as an independent, not-for profit, NHS-owned consultancy – it has already led on several high profile projects, including the trailblazing Healthier Together programme, which was a starting point for the transformation of acute services in Greater Manchester.
Chief Executive, Leila Williams is leading a session at Health Plus Care, Europe’s largest integrated health and social care event, at London’s ExCel Arena. Leila will cover the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ for acute service transformation, drawing on the NHS Transformation Unit’s experience of change in Greater Manchester.
Leila said: “Any acute proposals need to be seen in the context of prevention and developing community services before any hospital changes.
“With Healthier Together there are three equally important elements: transforming primary care to give seven-day access and to reduce variation; joined up care with the NHS and councils working closely to provide a better service and have more people treated in their community; and then hospitals working together as part of single services resulting in more patients seen more quickly but a senior doctor and up to 300 fewer deaths per year.
“And a key element of any service reconfiguration is the right kind of engagement with all stakeholders involved. Rather than going to patients with a pre-conceived idea, it’s important to ensure they are involved in their own health and care. It’s co-design from the start, making them the champions of change.”
Come and listen to Leila Williams speak in the Keynote Theatre from 12.00-12.30 on Thursday 29th June and discover how the NHS Transformation Unit’s experience of acute service redesign can help you.
The NHS Transformation Unit is at Stand R55 and Leila Williams will be there from 13.00-15.00 on Thursday 29th June to answer any questions following her talk.