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Case study: Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust integrated pathways


Client: Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, supported by the Cabinet Office


Date: January - April 2015


Challenges faced by the client: Mutual Ventures was commissioned under the Mutuals in Health Pathfinder Programme (2015) to look at how alternative organisational forms might increase staff engagement and promote effective clinical pathways in Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Support offered: We focused on the health disease pathway, looking at the whole health economy and working with partners in primary care, community care, and the third sector to explore the potential for integrating services. We developed a business case that looked at a series of organisational and contractual integration options, and undertook financial modelling to develop a five-year forecast with risk and sensitivity analysis. This demonstrated the tangible costs and benefits of integrating pathways of care, as well as a clear appetite amongst clinicians and delivery partners for more joined-up services.


Outcome achieved: The work supported the Trust, CCG and local authority with their plans for creating a Local Care Organisation, within the context of health devolution and system transformation in Greater Manchester. Our work demonstrated our ability to deliver system transformation projects across health and social care. We understand the unique circumstances faced by each health economy related to the complexity of the institutional landscape, the relationships between partners, and the significant financial pressures on the system.