Co-operative Services

Co-operative ServicesOur vision is to collaborate, integrate and innovate to improve outcomes for residents and create the most effective and seamless services in Greater Manchester.

Co-operative Services is shorthand for a service model across Oldham that is collaborative by default and based on a social value ethos that drives service design, commissioning, procurement and delivery.  It takes the co-operative practice that is already evidence across the partnership and asks how it could be strengthened and, in parcitular, realising real co-production through citizen influence and community action.

Oldham is already a recognised leader in collaborative service innovation but the sustainability of services across the board requires a step change in preventative working; exemplified by the need for a radically different model of out-of-hospital care and support. Award winning examples of civic innovation like BGreen and Hope Citadel’s Focused Care model are examples of what’s possible, and there is huge potential for Greater Manchester’s devolution arrangements to provide both structural and funding support to achieve much more.

Committing to more co-operative services means that the Partnership has an integral role to play in improving communication and the ‘feedback loop’ across Oldham’s many partnership arrangements. In areas like children’s services, health and social care and economic growth, the evidenced benefits of working together will enable single organisations to mitigate and manage risk in new ways. Managing demand effectively will continue to require increased integration to eliminate failure demand right through the system. This means the Partnership itself needs to model the purposeful collaboration that it wants to see across the system as well as driving the changes of systems, culture and skills across their own organisations and sectors.

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