Have Your Say on Major Health and Social Care Changes

There is still time to give Stockport Council and the health and social care organisations in Stockport your feedback on the Stockport Together plans.  Stockport Together changes the way that the separate organisations will work together more proactively to give better services:

Have Your say: https://www.stockport-together.co.uk/get-involved/consultation


About Stockport Together

The five main health and care organisations in Stockport have been committed to working differently since January 2015, when they formally began working on the Stockport Together programme. These organisations have pledged to deliver the following: ‘A safe, affordable and integrated health and social care system to meet the needs of Stockport.’

Stockport Together is transforming the way that healthcare is managed and organised in Stockport so the services you rely on are fit for purpose in the 21st century.

The rising number of older people in Stockport means there will be a greater need for health and social care support both in the short and long term.

If we can improve the health and wellbeing of the older generation, then their quality of life should greatly improve, and the need for in and outpatient care (health services provided in a hospital setting) should be reduced. Consider this: one in five of the population in Stockport is aged over 65. This proportion is expected to keep rising.

While hospital can be the right place for some, top notch care at home is, in many circumstances, more beneficial to the patient and their recovery.

We want to provide an efficient and effective system. We’ll do this by changing our way of working: instead of being a reactive service, we will become proactive.

This should help you to maintain your independence, reduce the number of unnecessary outpatient visits, and lower the frequency of hospital stays and the length of time spent in a hospital bed. Having health and social care services which work better together will enable us to support people when they no longer need specialist medical support, but may need some longer-term ongoing social care input.

For more information, visit: http://www.gmhsc.org.uk/

Stockport Council Wellbeing Festival

The Council’s Wellbeing Festival takes place from 11am to 2pm on Monday 23 October in the Town Hall Ballroom and celebrates the beginning of Great Britain Health and Wellbeing Week.

Council employees and members of the public are invited to the event which will include a wide range of stalls, information and activities to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing.

Cllr Jon Twigge commented “I am passionate about wellbeing for everyone and I will be at the Festival. Wellbeing is really important especially given our busy modern lives and yet we are only really getting to grips with it as a society recently.

“Recent news that the head of Osted says we are not even giving our children a rounded education, that our prisons are in crisis and mental health provision is still not good enough are just some of the signs that point to a government that simply does not understand the importance of wellbeing in our society.”

For further information please email [email protected]

A government report suggests five simple ways to improve wellbeing:


Independent Options is 40

Local Charity Independent Options is 40 this year and celebrates its birthday THIS Sunday.

Since 1977, Independent Options has been working to empower people with disabilities, enabling them to take control of their lives, achieve their aspirations and enjoy life to the full.

Celebrations are between 11am and 4pm (with a BBQ between 12 and 3).

There will be fairground rides, balloons, face painting, tombolas, raffles, cakes and lots more.

Free of Charge. There address is 67 Chester Road, Hazel Grove Stockport, SK7 5PE

Significant health and care service changes

Stockport Together

Health service and council leaders in Stockport are in the process of agreeing to spend significant sums of money on changing health and care services in the borough.

They have been developing plans for some time with input from patients and carers, nurses, doctors, social workers and others.

Some changes have already been made, however before they make firm decisions on other significant areas, they’d like your views. There will be an eventual need to consider moving resources (beds, money and staff) from the hospital to the community and we need to ensure that this is the right thing to do for the people of Stockport.

The organisations involved in making the changes come under the collective name of ‘Stockport Together’. They are NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services), Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust (Stepping Hill hospital and community health services) and Viaduct Health (a federation representing all Stockport GPs).

There are several events including one in Hazel Grove on July 18th: Stockport Together in Hazel Grove and you can find out more at : https://www.stockport-together.co.uk/

The North West’s Social Care Crisis

The BBC Radio 4 Today programme highlighted this morning the particular problem in recruitment in Stockport Council,  managed by the Labour party, based on a report by Independent Age which pointed out  2 out of 3 care homes in the North West of England are inadequate or require improvement. Another report, by the charity Skills for Care brought up that 1 in 20 jobs within care remain vacant.

In addition commenting on reports that more than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, Norman Lamb, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“The NHS and the care system is lurching from crisis to crisis. There is a massive risk that with the Prime Minister’s obsessive focus on pursuing a hard Brexit it is tying up the government so that it is chronically mismanaging other sectors.

“Theresa May’s continued failure to guarantee the future of EU citizens in the UK is only going to create a bigger workforce crisis in the years to come.”

Where are Your Community Toilets?

Hazel Grove has just three community toilets in a scheme set up to mitigate against the loss of public facilities. The LibDem Team feel this is not enough for such a large district centre.

Local Campaigner Paul Ankers said, “We need to make local businesses more inviting for local people. It would be good to expand this scheme. There are lots of cafes & bars which will increase trade plus increase footfall for those places like shops without such options. ”


The list of Community Toilets is below:


Hazel Grove Library
Male / Female / Disabled Access / Baby changing
Mon 10-7; Tue 9-7; Wed 9-1 Thu 9-6; Fri 9-5, Sat 9-4
Male / Female / Disabled Access / Baby changing
Monday to Sunday 11:00 to 23:30
Torkington Park
Male / Female / Disabled Access
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm


Transforming Health and Social Care

Stockport Receives Funding to Help Transform Health and Social Care

Stockport is one of two areas in Greater Manchester (GM) at the forefront of health and social care transformation, which will be accelerated by a new funding announcement.

The borough has been successful in securing £19 million over three years to fund the health and social care transformation plans.

Stockport and Salford are the first to benefit from part of a £450 million funding stream which was awarded to the GM Health and Social Care Partnership to help the region achieve the fastest and greatest improvement to the health and wellbeing.

Under the new plans a person, for example with a long-term condition, registered with a GP in Stockport, will have their care overseen by a multi-disciplinary team in the community. This will ensure a more integrated approach towards care that better meets their medical and social needs at one time and in one place. The links that are being made with the voluntary sector also help to ensure that they have access to support and care from their local community.

Helping people to adopt healthier lifestyles and prevent ill health is also a top priority. People in Stockport will have more opportunities for support and advice to make healthy activities part of their daily lives.

You can read the full announcement on the council website.