SALFORD has been awarded an additional £3.4million to transform health and social care.
The £3.4million funding from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) will help transform the lives of the city’s population over the long-term and tackle the wider causes of ill health in the city.
Areas for investment include training for frontline staff to identify mental health needs and early help for families with a focus on speech, language and communication, and providing support to the most vulnerable young people in the city.
This latest investment follows the £18million the city received in 2016 from GMHSCP’s Transformation Fund, following Greater Manchester Devolution.
Anthony Hassall, Chief Accountable Officer at NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This funding is very welcome and is going to make a big impact on the health and wellbeing of Salford’s population.
“We are incredibly ambitious in Salford. As part of these ambitions, we are continually talking to the public about what matters to them when it comes to health and social care and what can help them to look after their own health and prevent future illness.
“Our vision is for people in Salford to start well, live well and age well and a big part of this is to create strong local communities.
“The value of such an approach cannot be overstated with evidence showing that good health and wellbeing has a close relationship with strong social connections, and the ability of individuals to make their own decisions on how they live their lives.
“For example, therapeutic gardening projects promote physical exercise, mental stimulation and prevent isolation for a wide range of people who might have long-term physical conditions, mental illness or need to improve their fitness.”
Councillor Gina Reynolds, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing, added: “This is an investment in the communities of Salford.
“It will help improve young people’s lives through better educational achievement and aspirations and support voluntary sector organisations in Salford which bring people together to take part in clubs and groups, which has a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
“More and more studies have shown that a person’s wellbeing has a direct impact on their physical health and good wellbeing reduces the pressure on the health and social care system.”
Alison Page, Chief Executive of Salford Community and Voluntary Services, said: “Salford has a long history of delivering change via strong partnership work between the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, the Council, the CCG, NHS providers and other statutory partners.
“This successful bid will enable Salford to rapidly realise some of the benefits that our proposals set out to do. We will be using some of the funds to support volunteering in Salford, alongside developing a citywide approach to social prescribing.
“We have a well-established, active and diverse VCSE sector, well placed to deliver a programme of work that takes an asset-based and person-centred approach to improving health outcomes, with a focus on prevention and early intervention. Communities are key to our success.”