Greater Manchester Mental Health is committed to working collaboratively with partners to deliver an integrated care approach in Wigan as a member of the Healthier Wigan Partnership. The integrated care model within the Borough will be further shaped and developed with a focus to deliver a collective, asset-based approach to care for Wigan residents, providing a seamless transition between mental and physical health care services and delivering the best outcomes.   

As outlined within the Wigan locality plan, ‘Happy, Healthy People: 2020-25’, efforts will be placed on the further alignment and co-location of health and social care services within the 7 Service Delivery Footprints within the Borough, supporting the provision of co-ordinated and asset-based care which is delivered by the right group of professionals.

Greater Manchester Mental Health is working with NHS Wigan Borough CCG and Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT (WWL) to develop partnership arrangements for delivery of the Wigan Deal, Healthier Wigan Partnership and associated integrated working in Service Delivery Footprints (SDFs), to enable both locality and specialist clinical needs to be addressed. 

Greater Manchester Mental Health has a proven track record of delivering various, successful integrated care models across Greater Manchester. Teams work collaboratively with the local integrated care committees within each district to develop innovative approaches to integration, aligning to principles outlined within both local and national strategies including district locality plans, the GM Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Examples of these initiatives include the implementation of integrated Primary Care Mental Health workers within GP surgeries in the Bolton and Trafford neighbourhoods; collaboration with acute sector colleagues in the development and implementation of efficient diversion and ambulatory care provisions across our GM urgent care teams; and Greater Manchester Mental Health’s ongoing work with housing providers to develop an integrated care system to support the reduction in homelessness within Greater Manchester. As a Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health conduct thorough evaluations of these integrated models, identifying learnings and examples of best practice which are shared via a number of internal and external platforms, allowing for shared learning for future service developments.