Creating the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust
The Northern Care Alliance is an NHS Foundation Trust (NCA FT) created by bringing together two NHS Trusts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The NCA FT was formally established on 1 October 2021. The NCA has been working together as a group since 2016.
Who are we?
Our dedicated team of around 20,000 staff – our NCA Family – provide a range of community and hospital services to over one million people across Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford, as well as providing more specialist care to patients across Greater Manchester and beyond.
Patients and service users may receive a range of integrated health and social care services at their home or in their community or be treated and cared for in one of our four hospitals – Salford Royal Hospital, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary or Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.
Our aim is to save lives and improve lives. We do this by working with partner organisations in improving the population health of our local communities, and by delivering consistently high standards of care and experience each day, every day.
Our Care Organisations
Our four Care Organisations are; Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale. To enable the safe delivery of high quality care at scale, a leadership team of directors have clear accountability and authority to govern each Care Organisation. The leadership team ensure healthcare services are clinically and financially sustainable across several locations. This means that patients, no matter where they are treated in the Trust, will experience personalised care that is based on need, and high standards of care are consistent.
Each Care Organisation consists of a medical director, a director of nursing, director of operations/managing director, director of HR and a finance director. Together they manage and are responsible for the day to day running of the hospitals and community services of a Care Organisation. One of the members of each leadership team is appointed as the chief officer.
Our Care Organisations will increasingly take full control of all matters relating to their hospital sites and community services. They are responsible for delivering safe, clean, and personal care to the communities they serve. This site-based operational management model helps strengthen and improve senior leadership support at hospital-level, strengthens engagement with staff and clinical teams, and takes operational decisions for each site and services. The leadership teams also focus on strengthening relationships and joint working across health and social care with local care partners including Local Authorities, local commissioners, and the local community and voluntary sector in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.
The function of the NCA FT is to support its Care Organisations in the following areas;
- Developing service strategy
- Agreeing new/replacement building and equipment
- Agreeing annual operational delivery plans
- Developing a standardised operating model which determines best care on the basis of evidence of best practice
- Organising this standardised care to be delivered effectively across multiple sites and locations.