Manchester City Council is to invest an extra £2.67m of funding for adult social care services to help address the pressures on the NHS and social care services this winter.
The one-off investment from the Department of Health and Social Care will be spent alongside longer term health and social care funding from Manchester Local Care Organisation.
It will be targeted at services which prevent people going into hospital and to speed up the safe transfer of people from hospital back home with the right support including improving weekend discharges from hospital.
A whole range of programmes have been identified across the health and social care system in Manchester which will expand the offer of services to benefit people in their community.
Councillor Bev Craig, Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing said:
“In Manchester we are integrating our health and social care system to address problems like winter pressure we face each year, by creating a joint winter action plan. Working together as one system we have agreed what our priorities are to ensure that any extra funding is targeted at the services which will make a real difference to alleviating the winter pressures on our hospitals and services.
“Preventing people from going into hospital in the first place and ensuring the right support and interventions are available in their own community is crucial to our success. But we know that some people do need to go to hospital so it is important that we make sure people are supported to leave hospital when they are ready with the right level of care at home, rather than spending unnecessary time in hospital.
“We are expanding existing services through recruiting additional staff, while trying new ways of working together rather than each separate organisation coming up with their own separate plan