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Fast Grants make quick work for Oldham’s communities

Fast Grant applications may have closed for now, but the impact they’ve had has been felt across the borough.

Money from the Fast Grants fund has helped the Breath Easy support and advice group for people with breathing difficulties continue their members’ newsletter, Chadderton Together to get residents out and about to tea dances at Chadderton Town Hall, and Street Scene Greenfield to buy a real Christmas tree for village residents.

Fatima Women’s Group put on a traditional dress-making course to help keep traditions alive for the younger generation.  They learned new skills and socialised whilst improving spoken English, literacy and numeracy.

Fulwood Community Garden is buzzing after their Fast Grant award helped to improve their bee hives. They protected the bees during the cold winter, increasing the bees’ productivity.  The garden will eventually be open to the community and local schools for educational activities.

Keep any eye out for news of our next round of Fast Grants via the Partnership and Oldham Cares websites, as well as our social media channels.

Oldham West Integrated Community Team

What is it?

This is a programme of work to fundamentally see how community service work with each other.  The programme will see the true integration of community service teams from the Pennine Care Foundation, Social Care Trust, and Oldham Council in the Oldham West Cluster.  These service teams include: Social Care teams, district nurses, Healthcare Assistants, and the Specialist Palliative Care nurses.  The team will also work closely with the Age UK PiP worker, as well as an Action Together representative.


What does it aim to achieve?

The integration of these teams, centred around the ten GP practices within the Cluster, will help to improve patients experience and outcomes, as f the various teams are now able to work closely together to deliver cross-specialism response to patients’ needs.  The ability to work closely together, and share data, enables far better health and care outcomes to be delivered.



Case Study 1


Heart failure
Kidney failure
Cognitive impairment


District nurses visited for wound management in multiple areas due to the patient scratching his skin.  The patient’s spouse spoke to the nurse and confided in her that she was really struggling to maintain the level of care needed and that she felt trapped within the confines of her home.

Support from the Integrated Team

The Social team visited the day after and organised for the spouse to have a full Carer’s Assessment as she appeared very vulnerable.  Rotational respite was put into place, as well as day care.  This have given Mrs A opportunities and peace of mind to do things herself, such as visiting friends and family.


Prior to integrated working, this particular case would have been referred to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub via a phone call or e-mail, followed by a first contact and screening process.  The case would then have been transferred to the Neighbourhood Active Intervention Team and onto a waiting list, which is currently at around 8 weeks for awaiting allocation.

Case Study 2


Asperger’s Syndrome


Complex case; poor living circumstances; depression and anxiety

Support from Integrated Team

Full IMDT review to find a pro-active support plan.  Social Services retrieved Patient B’s archived records to get a full case history, joint visits arranged with the GP and the Mental Health team to review relapse indicators.


Full background information gathered from knowledge shared in Cluster team.  This process would have taken much longer prior to integration.

Support and care package put into place and housing situation resolved.  Patient B now has an allocated LD working and care plan, and support is meeting needs to avoid behaviours escalating to a point of crisis.


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