On Monday 22nd October, Oldham Cares hosted the 'Devolution Difference' event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

It marked the official launch of Oldham Cares, which if you haven’t heard yet, is an alliance of organisations across the borough who are working to join up the gaps between the town’s health and social care systems in order to make thing better for people who live here.

The MioCare Group is one of those organisations in the alliance. You can read up on the others via the Oldham Cares website: https://oldhamcares.com/partner-organisations/

This new approach is based around place-based ‘systems of care’ in which commissioners (the people who design services) and providers (the people who deliver them) work together. The organisations will be working for Oldham as a whole and also, at a more localised level, for the smaller neighbourhoods and communities where service users and residents live.

Our Managing Director Karl Dean was clear on who should benefit from this more integrated way of working. He highlighted the alliance’s commitment to a more person-centred approach when speaking at the event saying…

“We all want to do the right thing for the people of Oldham. We mustn’t let organisational barriers get in the way of us providing the health and social care this town deserves.”

Other speakers on the day included Jon Rouse CBE, Carolyn Wilkins OBE and MioCare Group Board Member Dr Zahid Chauhan.

The work of the MioCare Group’s Community Enablement Service was also highlighted in the case of Cllr Jenny Harrison. After a tough time our former Board Member is back on her feet and fully enabled!

Thanks for sharing your story Jenny and we’re so glad to hear you’re doing well.

Make sure you continue to visit both our website as well as that of Oldham Cares for information in the coming months. We’re looking forward to what the future holds for our great town and we’re proud to play a part in making health and social care better for those living in Oldham.