Manchester City Council is to invest an extra £2.67m of funding for adult social care services to help address the pressures on the NHS and social care services this winter.
Working in partnership across the integrated health and social care system, this one-off investment from the Department of Health and Social Care will be spent alongside longer term health and social care funding from Manchester Local Care Organisation. It will be targeted at services which prevent people going into hospital and to speed up the safe transfer of people from hospital back home with the right support including improving weekend discharges from hospital.
A whole range of programmes have been identified across the health and social care system in Manchester which will expand the offer of services to benefit people in their community.
Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing said:
"In Manchester we are integrating our health and social care system to address problems like winter pressure we face each year, by creating a joint winter action plan. Working together as one system we have agreed what our priorities are to ensure that any extra funding is targeted at the services which will make a real difference to alleviating the winter pressures on our hospitals and services.
“Preventing people from going into hospital in the first place and ensuring the right support and interventions are available in their own community is crucial to our success. But we know that some people do need to go to hospital so it is important that we make sure people are supported to leave hospital when they are ready with the right level of care at home, rather than spending unnecessary time in hospital.
"We are expanding existing services through recruiting additional staff, while trying new ways of working together rather than each separate organisation coming up with their own separate plan."
The Winter Plan includes a number of proposals to expand existing services and develop new ones including:
- The Priority Discharge Programme will make sure that people who are medically ready to be discharged from hospital, are done so more quickly with the right support to the right kind of community setting, freeing up acute beds in hospitals and importantly improve people's lives.
- Additional staff will support three mental health schemes which include managing the demand and capacity for mental health beds citywide, as well as supporting patients with housing and discharge from hospital.
- Investing in homelessness support workers, who will be linked to each hospital to ensure that people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness have the support they need during their hospital stay and crucially get the support they need in the community.
- To ensure there is enough capacity in residential and care homes, more social workers have been recruited to focus on providing support to patients. Five transitional beds have been commissioned in north Manchester to support the safe transferal of patients from hospital as well as an increase of five Neighbourhood Apartments making a total of 28available in the city.
- Investing more money into the Reablement service, which allows people to stay independent in their own home with the right level of support, means that people who are fit to leave hospital will be able to do so with the appropriate level of care to keep them independent in their own homes.
- Teams of integrated health and care workers will focus to promote early interventions in people who may be at risk of being admitted to hospital or care homes.
Many of Manchester’s social care services now form part of Manchester Local Care Organisation, which launched on April 1 and brings more health and social care services closer to people’s homes and out of hospital wherever possible.