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Place Based Integration

How we’re transforming our neighbourhoods and public services 

To build resilient and co-operative services and thriving communities, we know we need to achieve sustainable change and we know that we have to fundamentally rethink: the way the public sector operate, and the relationship with communities, how we work with individuals and families with complex problems, how we connect with the community to both develop community connectedness and build confidence.

Place Based Integration initiatives can help us deliver real change to our communities and transform public services in our neighbourhoods. Place based initiatives, multi-agency teams are key to the transformation and reform of public services and communities both here in Oldham and across Greater Manchester.

Case Study of a Place Based site:

Holts and Lees is an example of how Place Based Initiatives have supported residents in that community. It is led by First Choice Homes and the area covers around 3100 properties. It was chosen due to the high levels of demand on services, particularly in Holts.

The team was modelled on the presenting demand for the area and was initially made up of 9 full time and 2 part time posts as follows: GMP (x3 including NBO and PCSO’s), First Choice Homes (x4 including tenancy, community development, neighbourhoods officers and team leader), OMBC (x2 including family support and early help workers) and Positive Steps (1x early help worker). The team has since drawn in CRC, Focussed Care and a Redeeming our Communities worker from the community and voluntary sector.

Holts and Lees is the most developed of all the PBI sites and has delivered far reaching outcomes for people, places and public services.

Outcomes of PBI for Holts and Lees

Engagement levels are high at over 95% and trust levels are extremely high. This is shown in the high level of self-referrals and how many customers are coming to the team for help via the front door of the hub.

The casework shows direct outcomes for people. In the 67 open cases the financial situation of individuals and families improved in 44% of all the cases. In some cases this improvement was significant and in two cases amounted to £15,900 per year. In just 12 months the financial improvement of just 30 cases amounts to £95,903 and over 70% of these costs are not ‘one off’ and may be realised year on year.

There are social benefits too. In 20% of all cases the team has directed people into activity that has helped to tackle social isolation and loneliness (the Oldham average for social isolation/loneliness is 10%). We know that being socially isolated or lonely is as damaging as smoking 14 cigarettes a day and costs at least £600 a year to public services.

We are actively developing our various Place Based Sites, working with our partner organisations and communities to make a real difference to the lives of residents and transform and shape our public services and assets for our neighbourhoods.

Springboard to Achieving New Environmental Vision for Greater Manchester Agreed

Ambitious plans to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green city-regions in the UK and Europe were approved on 27 July 2018.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, together with local leaders, are aiming to bring Greater Manchester’s date for achieving carbon neutrality forward by at least a decade to 2038. Not only is this a globally leading standard, it is based on a science based approach.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester was at the heart of the industrial revolution, a leading contributor of green-house gases. The city led the computer revolution which changed our lives. Now we are leading the low carbon revolution which will form the next chapter of how we live, work and travel. The science is clear on the steps we need to take to become carbon neutral, and some of these are very challenging. But our ambitions are high and we need communities and businesses to work with us to make this happen.”

“Our vision will not only make us a global leader for smart energy innovation, but will transform Greater Manchester into a world-leading greener, cleaner city region, improving the health and quality of life for millions of people and protecting our green spaces and environment for future generations.”

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Warm Homes Oldham Wins!

December 2016


Warm Homes Oldham topped the ‘Sustainability’ category at the 2016 Guardian Public Service Awards on Tuesday night. This annual event recognises national excellence in a variety of fields, and Team Oldham were out in force including our coordinator Angela Broadhurst and representatives from the all the funding partners (pictured above). This achievement has only been possible thanks to support from all of you – our contractors, partners, referrers and supporters. Thank you and well done to us all! For more information



Public & patients invited to discuss Key health and social care services

NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group and Oldham Council are inviting patients, carers, service users and members of the public to give their opinions on improving health and social care for people living in the Borough.

The health and social care leaders are asking members of the public to come along to four workshops, happening later in July. The workshops will focus on four key areas:

  • Older people’s health and social care services
  • Children & Young People’s health and social care services
  • Services for people with long term conditions
  • Urgent Care

Dr Ian Wilkinson, Chief Clinical Officer for NHS Oldham CCG and also a Chadderton GP, said: “We are already working on improvement plans for each of these areas, but we want to know what the people of Oldham think about the changes that have happened so far, and what needs to be done in the future. We want to hear from people living in Oldham and using these services, so that we can hear their voice and take their opinions on board.”

Health and Social Care Workshop Dates

  • Children & Young People – 21 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham
  • Long term conditions – 26 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham
  • Urgent Care – 28 July, 6pm, The Gallery, Oldham

How can I register?

If you’d like to come along to one or more of the workshops, contact Carly Harper, Engagement Officer at NHS Oldham CCG, on 0161 622 6617 or email to register.

If you are interested in taking part but cannot attend a workshop, please do register your interest as we are likely to hold further engagement opportunities over the coming months, which we can then invite you to participate in.

For more information contact Louise Nicholson, Communications & Engagement Manager, NHS Oldham CCG at or  0161 622 6625.

Oldham residents asked to help shape health and social care budget

Oldham residents are being asked to share their struggles and successes in making healthy lifestyle choices as the GM region prepares to take responsibility for a £6bn health and social care budget.

The results of the Taking Charge Together campaign – launched today (Monday 15 February) – will help shape health and social care plans across Greater Manchester for the next five years.

People can join in the conversation about everything from exercise to mental health by going to and filling in a quick survey or by attending a community roadshow event being hosted Oldham on March 7 by Key 103.

The feedback will be used to help Health and Social Care bosses tackle some of the worst health outcomes in the country by:
•revealing insight into what the people of Greater Manchester believe blocks or enables healthy choices;
•helping health and care officials to design services that can deliver the greatest and fastest improvement in the region’s health and wellbeing;
•identifying great work in the region that can be celebrated and developed at scale across the region.