The Bolton, Salford and Wigan Partnership (BSWP) is all about NHS organisations in Bolton, Salford, and Wigan coming together to make sure that specific areas of hospital care are the best they can be. 

The members of the BSWP are…

  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
  • NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group
  • NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Wrightington, Wigan, and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The BSWP was formed in response to the Healthier Together (HT) programme so that we could make the required changes in our part of Greater Manchester.    

What are we trying to achieve?

The aim of the BSWP is to deliver high quality hospital care to people in Bolton, Salford, and Wigan, that is…

  • Sustainable – we know we have enough clinical staff, plus the resources we need, to continue providing it.
  • Standardised - no postcode lottery!
  • Available around the clock, seven days a week
  • Provided as locally as possible
  • Part of a wider, joined up plan for Greater Manchester

We plan to make our north west corner of Greater Manchester a great place for doctors and nurses to work and train so we get the best people - and they want to stay!

Ongoing work

General surgery (surgery of the stomach)

The HT consultation and decision focused on this type of surgery. We know that the three hospitals in our area will not be able to continue to provide this service separately in the future. Although our hospitals are performing well in this area we are not achieving the high standards that we would like for our patients. In line with the decision reached by HT, surgeons from our hospitals will work together across all sites, sharing the on call rota. Salford will be the hub for high risk general surgery, with low risk patients managed at their local hospital. Building work is needed at Salford to provide the additional space for this work, so it is likely to be two years before these changes are made. More patients will also be seen as outpatients, which will begin in April 2017.

Urgent, emergency, and hospital care

As in many other parts of the country, our A&E departments are facing extraordinary demand, struggling to meet performance targets, and finding it difficult to recruit A&E consultants and nurses. To ensure that these vital services are fit for the future…

Our consultants will work together, across all three hospitals

  • We will make changes to our computer systems so that patient records can be seen at all of our hospitals and by GPs
  • We will have more advanced nurse practitioners providing care in emergency areas to help reduce the pressure on our doctors

North West Sector Partnership (NWSP) bulletin (issue 1)