Jon Rouse explains Greater Manchester’s “whole public service” health paradigm
- 16 May 2019
- Posted by: Helen Nicol
- Category: News
Over at the website of MiP — which is the trade union for health and care managers, in case you’d not heard of it — there’s an interview with Jon Rouse, who’s the chief officer of Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Partnership. It covers a fair bit of ground, so do click on through for the whole thing, but if you’re wanting a taster first, here’s an explanation of the Greater Manchester health paradigm as Rouse sees it — an integrated “whole public service” model.
“We are passionate about influencing the broader social determinants of health,” Rouse explains. “We have a supported housing strategy, with a full audit of what housing we need over the next 15 years. Our executive lead for population health sits on the Greater Manchester Transport Board, working on walking and cycling infrastructure. I co-chair our work on health and justice, in terms of reducing violence. The richness of Greater Manchester is that it’s a whole public service model: it’s about trying to influence all the factors that are stopping people from being healthy.”
At the heart of HSCP lies a Joint Commissioning Board, bringing together local authorities and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Here, commissioners work together to reshape services across GM – though Rouse emphasises that “wherever possible, we’d want to work on decisions collaboratively with the providers. If you can do that, then you get ownership; and if you get ownership, you’re much more likely to get successful implementation and delivery.”
Want to know more? Of course you do — so go read the whole thing.