What is the Northern Care Alliance?
The Northern Care Alliance is an NHS Group formed by bringing together two NHS Trusts, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Which hospitals and healthcare services are part of the Alliance?
The NCA Group provides a range of healthcare services including four hospitals - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary. The NCA also manage community services across Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.
Why was the Group set up?
This Group is being developed to fully align and be consistent with the priorities of the strategic themes of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. It will develop new ways of working that will ensure patients receive consistently high standards of care.
The function of the Group 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 evidenceof best practice
- Organising this standardised care to be delivered effectively across multiple sites and locations.
Together as a Group of local healthcare providers we will be one of the largest NHS organisations in the country. Together we will serve a population of over 1 million people across our local communities. The Northern Care Alliance is governed by a Committees in Common (CiC) where both NHS Trusts have devolved it decision making. The Alliance is chaired by Mr Jim Potter and led by Group Chief Executive, Mr Raj Jain and his Executive Team.
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 will have clear accountability and authority to govern each Care Organisation. The new leadership team will ensure healthcare services are clinically and financially sustainable across a number of localities. This will mean that patients, no matter where they are treated in Group, will experience personalised care that is based on need and high standards of care are consistent
Each Care Organisation now consists of a Medical Director, a Director of Nursing, Managing Director, and a Finance Director. Together they will manage and be responsible for the day to day running of the hospitals and community services of a Care Organisation. One of the four members of each leadership team will be 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 new site-based operational management model will help strengthen and improve senior leadership support at hospital-level, strengthen engagement with staff and clinical teams, and take operational decisions for each site and services. The leadership teams will also be able to 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.