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Control of a £6bn integrated health and social care budget for Greater Manchester will be handed over to the devolved Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) in 2016. This has important ramifications for IT.


  • The move is designed to improve the co-ordination, quality, and efficiency of care, particularly for people with complex needs – those with chronic conditions and the elderly. But although there is a consensus on the challenges ahead in ensuring workable governance, management, and implementation, opinion remains divided over whether Manchester will end up being a risky experiment in integrated care devolution or blaze a trail for other regions to follow.

Features and Benefits

  • Explains the implications of a combined and devolved integrated health and social care budget for IT and evaluates whether the move will be successful.
  • Evaluate the impact of the move on existing IT projects and potential future developments.

Key questions answered

  • What does the devolution of the £6bn budget entail and what does it signify for healthcare stakeholders?
  • What are the implications for data usage and IT?
  • Who could benefit from this move?

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  • Summary
  • Manchester provides a strong base for devolved decision-making and integrated care
  • Success will require strong and inclusive clinical informatics and IT ecosystems


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