Greater Manchester Devolution

From April 2016 Greater Manchester will be taking charge of the 6 billion budget for health and social care. This is one strand of the wider devolution aims. A five year vision has been developed outlined in the strategy ‘Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester’. For more information on this and Greater Manchester Devolution Vision go to:  

For further background information on what Devolution means in practice, go to:

Bolton Locality Plan

10 locality plans are being developed across the 10 areas of Greater Manchester which will underpin this vision. Bolton CVS have been working with NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton Council and other key partners to influence and shape this plan for Bolton. Devolution will bring many challenges and opportunities for The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and we need to work together to rise to these challenges and make the most of the opportunities.  Please click here for more details on Bolton’s five year plan for reform  and the transformation fund proposal. 

Key priorities are now being chosen from the plan to undertake further development work and develop business cases to bid for Greater Manchester Transformation Funds. These programmes include, Transforming Primary Care, including developing the role of Health Improvement Practitioners and Social Prescribing. Partners are hoping to submit the business cases by the end of September. The Locality Plan is about transforming the way we do things, making better connections between existing services, building on community assets and developing an effective workforce that works with individuals to create better health outcomes.

In partnership with Healthwatch we are shaping plans for engaging with communities about their health and well being. Over the coming weeks our engagement team will be starting to meet with different communities to discuss what they would like to do to improve their health and identify the barriers to doing this. The first topic we will be engaging on will be on Bolton Shared Record.  What communities tell us will feed directly into the development of services as part of the locality plan.  To see the Taking Charge report from the engagement that took place in February and March 2016, click here.  

Placed Based Integration
Place Based Integration is designed to better support resident’s needs and demand for services in a neighbourhood.  It aims to empower and enable communities to identify and build on assets within communities, looking at the individual and their needs and working together to provide support regardless of the sector or organisation you are employed by.

In Bolton, it has been decided that Johnson Fold and Halliwell will be the first pilot areas to try this approach and see how it works.  Read more for further information.

On 30 June 2016, Bolton CVS held an event - What does Devolution mean for Bolton? Click here for a summary of the discussion.  If you have any queries or comments on the locality plan please contact Louise McDade – 01204 546047 or email on