This is the first edition of Health Matters, our public newsletter which aims to let you know about our work and how you can get involved and help shape local health services. We are the new commissioning organisation for Bury. We launched on the 1st of April this year and our job is to plan and purchase a range of health services for local people.
We are committed to working together with our partners and local people to ensure that local services are responsive, efficient and offer good value for money.
You can read all about us in our new Patient Prospectus which tells you what we do, our priorities, our vision and values, and how you can get involved in our work. If you would like more information, then please get in touch.
Our Board meets in public every month and we'd really like to see local people come along to the meeting. The next meeting takes place on the 28th August at 3pm at Townside Primary Care Centre in Bury. You can also follow us on Twitter where we live Tweet from the Board!
In this first issue of Health Matters we've the latest on the Healthier Together programme which is looking at transforming the way that hospital services across Greater Manchester are delivered. There is a public event in Bury on the 15th August and we hope you can come along. We also talk about a new scheme which aims to identify and support patients at risk of memory loss due to a learning disability or other condition. We have a story about a project which sees local GPs working closely with care homes in the town to provide tailored support to patients in long term care, and we also have a feature on the NHS Health Check programme. If you are aged between 40 and 74, you could be due for a Health Check, which aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease in adults - you can read more about this below.
That's all for this first edition of Health Matters, I hope you like it, and if you have any feedback, please let us know.
Dr. Kiran Patel
Chair and Clinical Lead, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)