We are here to put general practice at the heart of joined up care in Salford

We have outstanding health and social care services in Salford but local people have told us they would like to see people involved in their care working more closely together.

All the city’s GP practices have agreed to work together in five neighbourhoods – Broughton; Eccles and Irlam; Little Hulton and Walkden; Ordsall and Claremont and Swinton.

We are responsible for driving this collaboration forward and supporting the practices to pool their services, staff and resources so that all GP practices in the neighbourhood are strengthened and improved. This also means connecting general practice with other professionals and support in local neighbourhoods, such as district nurses, social workers, mental health workers, voluntary organisations and local community groups.

This means people will have better access to the advice, expertise and support they need to be as independent as they can, with the opportunity to see a wider range of health professionals and access the full range of activities in their area. Local people will require fewer hospital admissions and visits as there will be more skills and support available within the community they live.

In addition to our work with GP practices, we directly provide primary care services, including the Ordsall and Claremont Primary Care Diagnostic Unit and the Salford Wide Extended Access Pilot.

We are a Community Interest Company, which means we exist to improve the health and wellbeing of Salford people and all our resources will be dedicated to doing that.

Why Salford Primary Care Together?

We know that general practice is under significant pressure with rising demand for care and services from a growing and ageing population with multiple health conditions. This is combined with difficulties recruiting into the GP workforce.

The NHS Five Year Forward View shows that nationally our health and social care system is no longer affordable in its current format. We must look at how we can move the focus of care away from the hospital and into the community, understand how people can take charge of their own health and wellbeing, and change how we care for people who are poorly so that health and social care providers are more joined up rather than organisations just being responsible for their own section of a person’s care.

In Salford, partnership working is one of our major strengths and the creation of the Integrated Care Organisation (ICO) was a significant stepping stone in unifying health and social care for adults in the city. This saw hospital, community, social care and mental health services merge together to create the ICO to make care for people more seamless by putting health professionals such as mental health nurses, district nurses and social workers together in the same organisation.

The work to create one health and social care system for Salford is ongoing – and general practice needs to be at the forefront of this. Instead of Salford’s GP practices all individually finding their own way within this new system, Salford Primary Care Together will provide a single unified voice for general practice, so that in the future, we will see GPs working not only more closely together but alongside many other health professionals in Salford in the interests of people.