Four Localities Partnership announced as a 'discharge frontrunner' site

9 January 2023

We are delighted to be announced today as one of six ‘discharge integration frontrunners’.

As a frontrunner we will be looking at new innovative ways to discharge patients from hospitals in Salford, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury as quickly as possible, and free up beds for other patients, which will help to ease the pressure on the system and reduce waiting times. Where this is a success it can quickly be shared with other Trusts.

This is a great opportunity for us to build on the work of the Four Localities Partnership, which is using innovative approaches to improve patient experience – for example supporting patients in hospital to be more active as part of their recovery.

We know that for older people, staying in hospital longer than needed can contribute to poorer outcomes. This often happens if we have not taken all the steps which allow that person to safely return to their usual home.

Owen Williams, Chief Executive of Northern Care Alliance Foundation Trust said “This is great news for the populations we serve, and for our health and social care staff who are working hard to provide the best care they can. Being one of the frontrunners allows us to test some new ways of working which our staff have told us will deliver better patient care. As part of this work, we can try out these innovations and where successful we can share them with other health and social care systems ”

Steve Rumbelow, Place Lead for Rochdale said  “Our health and social care teams in Rochdale have been at the forefront of integration, we are now working with our neighbours in Bury, Oldham and Salford to share good practice and most importantly provide joined up care regardless of where people are admitted to hospital and where they live”

Mike Barker, Place Based Lead for Oldham Integrated Care Partnership said “We want patients to receive care at the right time and in the right place, and this includes being able to return home as soon as they are ready. Our plan includes improving the care and support for dementia patients who are waiting for discharge so that their needs at the centre of every decision.”


The ‘Four Localities Partnership’ brings together acute, community, primary care, voluntary sector, mental health, social care providers and commissioners across the localities of Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford. Our localities make up four of the ten localities across Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership (GMICP) with a combined population of approximately 1 million, 138 General Practices and 20 Primary Care networks.

We share a single acute and community healthcare provider – Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a range of healthcare services including four hospitals and associated community services - Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and Rochdale Infirmary. We also share two mental health providers, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust which provides services in Salford, and Pennine Care Foundation Trust which provides services for Bury, Rochdale and Oldham

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