Published on: 13th June 2022

Tom Stannard Salford Council082.jpgA new leader responsible for the integration of health and care in Salford has been appointed.

Known as a ‘place-based lead for health and care integration’, Tom Stannard, will head up a newly formed Integrated Care Partnership in the city as part of national government changes to the way the NHS and local councils support people’s health and social care.

Tom Stannard, who is the Chief Executive of Salford City Council, is one of 10 place-based leads appointed in Greater Manchester as the city region moves towards a fully integrated NHS and social care system from 1 July, 2022. He will take the place-based lead as part of his existing role at the council, demonstrating Salford’s long-standing commitment to a strong and effective partnership.

As part of the Health and Care Act 2022, a new statutory NHS organisation is being formed – NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care – at the heart of a wider Integrated Care Partnership involving all the different organisations that support the health and social care of residents across our region.

As part of these arrangements, there will be Integrated Care Partnerships in each of the 10 boroughs, also made up of NHS organisations, the council, Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) colleagues and other key partners.

Each partnership will work with the public in their local area, and with the wider system across Greater Manchester, to enable healthier lives and plan and deliver better health and social care services for all, as well as tackle health inequalities and the wider determinants of health featured in the Sir Michael Marmot report.

Mark Fisher, Chief Executive designate of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care, who will take up his role officially on 1 July, said: “This is an exciting new era for Greater Manchester and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’d like to welcome the new place-based leads and am looking forward to working with them as they come into post.

“We are all building on a strong history of partnership working, most notably after the devolution of health and social care in 2016, and our priorities to tackle health inequalities and deliver high quality NHS and social care services will remain and be amplified. Our partnerships at a local level will help us to collaborate more closely than ever before and improve the health and wellbeing of all.”

Tom Stannard, Salford’s place-based lead for health and care integration, added: “I am really pleased to be taking on the place-based lead role for Salford alongside my chief executive role for the City Council.  Our commitment to the delivery of excellent local health and care services is central to our ambition to tackle inequalities in the city and provide the best possible life chances for residents.  We have the building blocks in place, an outstanding clinical commissioning group, an excellent foundation trust hospital, good children’s services, and one of the strongest voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sectors in Greater Manchester. I pay tribute to our CCG colleagues and the CCG’s exceptional leadership in Salford over recent years, which has paved the way for this new local healthcare partnership. This is an exciting time for Salford and the council is fully committed to strengthening our partnerships and to continue to deliver excellent services to our residents”.

Place-based leads in each locality will be accountable to both the Integrated Care Board Chief Executive and the relevant local authority, and will oversee delegated resources from NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care.

The Locality Board, made up of people from the local authority, the NHS, the voluntary sector and wider partners reflective of each place, will drive local integrated care partnerships at neighbourhood and district level.