Health and social care staff across Manchester have joined forces to start working in new ways to improve how care is provided to local people in the city.
Around 2,700 staff joined Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO) on 1 April 2018, in one of the biggest moves towards health and social care integration in the UK.
MLCO is a new public sector partnership organisation created to deliver out of hospital community services in the city. Teams from existing health and social care organisations have been deployed to form MLCO which is now responsible for their operational management.
The move to integrate health and social care community teams is in line with national policy and the plans developed for Manchester as part of devolution.
Teams including NHS community and mental health staff, primary care (GPs) and social workers will now work together in 12 neighbourhoods across the city to better plan and deliver care for local people. They will be based together where possible allowing closer collaborative work across professions so that a more seamless service can be provided.
In addition to the neighbourhood teams, MLCO has also taken on a number of citywide health and social care services which work right across the city. This includes children's community services as well as a range of adult social care services.
MLCO is a partnership organisation made up of Manchester University Hospitals, Greater Manchester Mental Health, Manchester City Council, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and The Manchester Primary Care Partnership. Staff remain employed by their organisations but are deployed to the MLCO. Further teams are set to join MLCO over the coming years to bring all out of hospital community services together.
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