Devo Manc

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Project: Devolving health and social care: learning from Greater Manchester

What are we trying to do?

We’re working to evaluate and understand health and social care devolution in Greater Manchester.

Why is it important?

In February 2015, Greater Manchester secured a ground-breaking deal with the Treasury to take control of the £6 billion currently spent on health and social care for the 2.8 million people of Greater Manchester. The health and social care devolution agreement, commonly described as ‘Devo Manc’, sets out plans for devolving control over health and social care decision-making and funding, bringing together all the local authorities and clinical commissioning groups of Greater Manchester.

This work has been co-designed with key local and national stakeholders to contribute to the development and evaluation of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care devolution, and support the sharing of learning, both regionally and nationally.

How will we do it?

Using a range of quantitative and qualitative methods, we will explore questions related to three broad topics:

  • Mapping plans for improvements in the way services are delivered. The team will identify key initiatives in Greater Manchester looking to improve services and analyse them. They will understand what the initiatives entail, how they plan to meet their goals, and set out how their progress can be measured.
  • Understanding policy development and the policy process. As devolution is implemented in Greater Manchester the project team will build understanding of how local leaders achieve it, and what they expect from the process.
  • Describing and analysing governance, accountability, and organisational forms – understanding how they change as part of devolution, and the costs associated with making changes.

Who we are working with?

The Health Foundation and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution.

More information

More information about this work is available in the associated briefing document or by downloading the briefing on our interim findings.

For any other queries related to this work, please contact Katy Rothwell, Programme Manager, Professors Ruth McDonald or Kieran Walshe, academic leads.