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Call for local people to help transform health and care services in Rochdale

08 March 2017

Help transform local health and care services.

People from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale are being urged to share their views on how the Rochdale borough’s health and social care services can have a sustainable future.

The events will take place on:

​Tuesday, 21 March 2017​9.15am - 4pm​Middleton Arena, LCpl Joel Halliwell VC Way, Middleton, Greater Manchester, M24 1AG
​Thursday, 23 March 2017​5.30pm - 7.30pm​Multi Cultural Arts and Media Centre, Entrance 1, Deen House, Station Road, Rochdale, OL11 1DS

'Securing a sustainable future for Rochdale's health and social care services'

Dr Chris Duffy, Chair of NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP, said: "Our mission is to ensure people living in Rochdale are healthier and have a better future, and we need to find ways of securing a sustainable future for Rochdale's health and social care services.

"At the heart of this is our transformation plan. Our goals are to make sure that health and care services across the borough make a positive difference to the lives of local people, and ensure that services can be delivered within the considerable financial constraints we are facing. We have to find ways of doing things differently; if we continue as we are, we will be faced with a substantial shortfall in the short term alone.

"The plan is significant and will affect everyone in the borough so I'd urge people to attend one of the events and have their say."

'Residents are at the heart of our plans'

Councillor Janet Emsley, Rochdale Borough Council's cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said: "Most of us will need health and social care services at some point in our lives, so it is vitally important that we make changes now to ensure that our services are effective for our residents and available to help future generations live healthy and happy lives. Our residents are at the heart of our plans so we need your feedback to enable us to deliver services that work for you and that will make a real difference to your lives. I urge everyone to come along to an event and, most importantly, have your say."

'Learning from your experiences and sharing ideas'

Steve Taylor, Managing Director at Rochdale Infirmary on behalf of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said; "Our staff are really proud of the new services and integrated models of healthcare that have been developed so far not only here at Rochdale Infirmary but out in the community. The new models of integrated care in Rochdale, Heywood and Middleton are demonstrating a positive difference to patients and their families.

"We have a strong foundation of integrated working and innovation and this is something to build on moving forward. Services such as the Oasis Dementia Care Unit, the new Intermediate Care Unit, Urgent Care Centre and our Integrated Community Health and Social Care Services are positive examples of what can be achieved through a shared vision and joint working between local healthcare professionals and organisations and the community sector. We are keen to further build on this progress, listen to what people need, and ensure healthcare services for Rochdale borough are sustainable and fit for the future."

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services across the Rochdale borough.  Keith Walker, Executive Director of Operations, commented: "By working with our partners across the Rochdale borough, we want to ensure that mental health forms a key part of future transformation plans and services are improved to treat patients within the local community, to avoid the need for hospital.  In order to do this, we need to listen to patients, service users and carers to learn from their experiences and share ideas for how services need to improve."

For further details and to register for an event, visit Rochdale Borough Locality Plan or please call 01706 764319.

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