Local Care Organisation

Manchester’s people are well known for their dynamic approach to life, which is key to making Manchester a leading modern city, a driving force in the Northern Powerhouse and a global city to contend with. This spirit and sense of partnership is key to connecting Manchester’s health and social care system to improve the health and the independence of the people who live here.

Having a healthier Manchester will boost the city in many ways – but it is not without its challenges. Making the system suitable, sustainable and affordable is set against a tough financial forecast. If we do not reform the way in which health and social care is provided we will face a £134m shortfall in funding levels and the cost of care by 2020/21.

We need to meet the needs of today’s Manchester with new and innovative ways of working. We can no longer follow historic approaches, which were often reactive. We need to shift the entire system, to one that utilises people’s strengths and local assets to build independence, where prevention becomes a priority, and more care is moved into the community and out of hospital where possible.

Our promises to the people of Manchester:

  • Empower you to take control of your health and wellbeing
  • Help you to achieve your health and wellbeing goals by focussing on what matters to you
  • Ensuring high quality services in your community when you need them
  • Improve your experience of care through better coordination
  • Reducing the costs of delivery to secure the future of health and care services for generations to come

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) formally began the procurement of a Local Care Organisation in March 2017, with the publication of Prospectus (link at the foot of the page).

Its aim is to bring together a range of health, social care and public health services to be delivered in the community. This will support the city’s ambition to transform services to meet the needs of the local population and see a measurable improvement in outcomes.

In June 2017 MHCC announced that it had received one submission at the qualification stage. This was from the Manchester Provider Board consortium, which includes but is not limited to, the city’s GP federations, the city council, the city’s three hospital trusts and community services, and Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.

A period of “strategic dialogue” will take place between June 2017 and early 2018 when MHCC anticipates that a 10 year contract will be awarded.

This will be followed by a period of mobilisation prior to a go-live date of April 2018.

Manchester Local Care Organisation Prospectus 2017 [PDF]