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Manchester Local Care Organisation is a pioneering public sector organisation that has brought together and provides your NHS community health services and adult social care services in Manchester. We also work closely with mental health services and primary care (GPs) to improve the health of local people in the city, working as one team across traditional organisational boundaries.


MLCO was formed on 1 April 2018. We are part of the public sector and a partnership organisation powered by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health, Manchester City Council, Manchester Health & Care Commissioning and the Manchester Primary Care Partnership.

We have brought together the teams from these organisations that provide community-based care (also known as out of hospital care) in the city in a new way. Over 3,400 staff from Manchester’s adult and children’s NHS community teams and adult social care teams have now been deployed to MLCO. They include district nurses, social workers, health visitors, therapists, support staff and many other health and care professionals.

These teams are now working together as part of one single organisation for the first time. Behind the scenes, changes are happening to ensure that they are the best they can be and that care is better coordinated around your needs.

This includes the development of a range of new ways of working in the community using the latest evidence and technology. There are plans to deploy further teams to MLCO over the coming years.

What we are doing – our mission

Our mission statement is leading local care, improving lives in Manchester, with you. We think that sums up what we want to do and how we want to do that by working with local people. In simple terms, there are two main things that MLCO has been set up to do:

  • Make a positive contribution to help people in Manchester live longer and enjoy better health than many do now
  • To improve community and neighbourhood care for people in the city.

So whilst we manage your community health and care services, we are here to do much more that by ensuring that we work in new ways and do things differently in the city.

Working with Trafford Local Care Organisation

Manchester Local Care Organisation works closely with our sister organisation Trafford Local Care Organisation (TLCO).

TLCO provides the community health and adult social care services across the neighbouring borough of Trafford and was formed in October 2019. Although MLCO and TLCO are separate organisations, we share an executive team across the two organisations. Many of our frontline teams also work closely together and are increasingly looking at sharing best practice in delivering community health and adult social care services.