Newsflash: Hempsons advises Salford Royal on creation of ground-breaking Integrated Care Organisation in Salford

Hempsons advised on the creation of the new Integrated Care Organisation (ICO), which came into existence on Friday 1 July, following four years of work by NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Salford Royal, Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The ICO is a vanguard under NHS England’s new care models programme.

Nearly 450 adult social care staff will transfer from Salford City Council to the ICO, which will be delivered by Salford Royal in the role of ‘prime provider’ for all adult health and social care services. Ultimately, the ICO will cover more than 2,000 staff across adult community, mental and acute health and social care services with a budget of £213m.

Councillor Tracy Kelly, Salford City Council lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing, said: “We are one of the first councils in the country to completely join-up all our adult social care services with NHS health services and create a new organisation to deliver them.

“It has taken years of careful work and strong partnership links – including a successful Integrated Care Programme for 65 year olds and older – to set up this new integrated care organisation which will be led by Salford Royal.

“It’s a bold, brave move but one which I believe will deliver better and more personalised services for our residents and, in the face of reduced resources and increasing demand, it will protect and enhance the fantastic services and staff we have developed over many years.”

Jack Sharp, Executive Director of Service Strategy and Development at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust comments on Hempsons’ work: “Hempsons have guided the partners in assessing risks and supporting implementation of Salford Together’s innovative and radical new care model. They have provided first class expertise and have been responsive and professional throughout this complex and high profile project working to a demanding timetable.”

Jamie Foster, Partner at Hempsons, adds: “We are extremely pleased to have been able to advise on the development of this new and innovative model. Staff across all the organisations involved have worked hard to ensure the smooth delivery of this project and should be congratulated for their vision and determination.”

For more information on our experience of advising on this project, please contact Jamie Foster.