A GP federation is a group of general practices forming an organisational entity and working together, within the local health economy and share responsibility for the delivery of high quality, NHS patient-focused services for its communities.
GP practices across the Rochdale borough, who have historically worked independently, have come together to work in a federated model to improve healthcare across the Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale (HMR) neighbourhoods.
Rochdale Health Alliance (RHA) was established in 2016, by GP practices from across the Rochdale Borough, to streamline the way in which services are delivered and to contribute to the development of the wider health and social care provision across the Borough.
Retaining their own identity and autonomy, general practitioner (GP) practices will work together and support community and hospital services, including the public and voluntary sector, to ensure healthcare is coordinated for the residents of the Rochdale borough.
Each of the four localities of HMR, which include Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton and the Pennines elected GP's to represent their locality and become directors on the Board.
The Board is supported by a management team who ensure the day to day functioning of the organisation.
In a time of change for health and social care and in order to meet the needs of the public, health, social and voluntary sector providers are coming together to provide more efficient, cost-effective healthcare system and to encourage and engage the public in managing their own care wherever possible. In HMR this is via the Local Care Organisation. RHA represents primary care on the board of the LCO.
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