A key part of Manchester Local Care Organisation’s approach to improving health and social care in the city is the development of 12 integrated neighbourhood teams. Each INT serves a population of around 30,000 to 50,000 people (so each neighbourhood team typically covers three or four Manchester City Council wards).
On a practical level our INTs bring NHS community health and adult social care services together to improve how we work for people. Staff are located together in the same building and can work together. That means that district nurses, social workers and other staff meet each day, carry out joint visits and discuss the best plan for people in their care.
Teams also work in the place they are based with other organisations (for example the police, council neighbourhood teams and housing), and importantly local community groups and people who live in the area to improve services.
The video below shows how INTs are starting to work in practice in Manchester. The Chorlton Park, Burnange and Didsbury INT have been co-located in their hub at Withington Community Hospital since late 2018 and are already seeing the benefits of the approach. Watch to find out a bit more about how MLCO are working.