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    • VCSE Representatives on Trafford Partnership Boards – ‘VCSE’s Get Involved’
      Thrive Trafford is working in partnership with the Trafford Partnerships Team to help develop VCSE sector representation across different Partnership Boards. This includes on the Strong Communities Board, Health and Wellbeing Board, Strategic Sports Partnership, Inclusive Growth Board. VCSE Sector Representatives are working closely with Board members to help set strategy, assist in decision making, and help in feeding key information back to the wider VCSE sector.

      The Trafford Partnership brings together people from across the public, private , voluntary, community and faith sectors to work collaboratively to achieve our shared vision and outcomes for the borough, its businesses and residents. There are a wide range of opportunities for people to get involved, from strategic partnerships to local action.

      This map gives a snapshot of some of the key partnerships and networks, across Trafford Partnership’s main themes – Health and Wellbeing, Inclusive Growth and Strong Communities Click Here to view all of Trafford Partnership & Communities Structures.

      This chart provides more detail on the working groups delivering Health and Wellbeing Click Here to view the chart.

      The VCSE Sector Representatives have been recruited to represent the VCSE sector at key thematic partnerships and the Trafford Partnership Executive, where the voice of the VCSE sector will add value and improved outcomes that can be achieved.

      The function of the VCSE Sector Representatives is to:
      • Represent the VCSE sector on partnership structures
      • Provide a voice for the VCSE sector
      • Influence strategy and policy
      • Advocate on behalf of Trafford
      VCSE sector representatives help to tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience contained within the VCSE sector, involving practitioners such as Chief Officers or the Chairs of VCSE organisations that are able to represent the interests of the VCSE sector in Trafford.

      There currently are VCSE Sector representatives on three of Trafford Partnership main Boards, including the Strong Communities Board, Inclusive Growth Board and Health and Wellbeing Board.

      For the latest blogs from the VCSE representatives on the Stronger Communities Board (Jonathan Yates - Trafford Citizen's Advice Bureau), Health & Wellbeing Board (Michelle Hill - Talk Listen Change and Dorothy Evans - African Caribbean Care Group (ACCG), Inclusive Growth Board (Annoushka Deighton - Friends of Stretford Public Hall) please click on the links below
      Stronger Communities Board
      Inclusive Growth Board
      Health & Wellbeing Board
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    • Local Care Alliance (LCA) and Care Complex – VCSE Organisations to ‘Have Your Say’
      Local Care Alliance (LCA) and Care Complex

      Trafford’s LCA is an integral part of our new operating model for commissioning in Trafford. It is an alliance of provider organisations, community health, social care, primary care including general practice, mental health and VCS sector organisations which are committed to working in partnership, delivering a place-based approach to strategic commissioning and outcome focused models of care in Trafford, so that we can deliver better health and social care outcomes for the people of Trafford. High quality sustainable integrated community health and care services are at the heart of a vision for a new transformed model of health and care in the borough.

      A key objective of the LCA is to support a shift in care from hospital to the community and reinvesting some of the resulting savings in more affordable and sustainable alternatives. The LCA will operate within national aims, regional ambitions and the Trafford context, delivering the right outcomes for the people of Trafford.

      The LCA's Memorandum of Understanding now extends beyond our founding partners (Trafford Council, Trafford CCG, Pennine Care, Manchester Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust and Thrive Trafford) to primary care with Trafford Primary Health and Local Medical Council in an advisory capacity. Mastercall, our out-of-hours provider, also joined the alliance in September.

      Sara Radcliffe Corporate Director of Commissioning for the CCG and the Council, continues to Chair our System Board on an interim basis while we appoint an independent Chair, bringing us into line with other LCAs in Greater Manchester. We expect an appointment to be made by December 2018.

      The work programme for the LCA has gathered significant pace and maturity over the past few months. Commissioner and provider leads are now working collaboratively on a new offer contributing to system resilience for winter 2018 and that this work is now moving to implementation, if not already in place. Collectively we have agreed four themes to deliver benefits across the system which will impact on our performance over winter.

      Theme 1 - Urgent Care Streaming at the Front Door
      This theme will aim to support the Trust in the achievement of the 95% four hour target whilst also helping to support the flow of non-elective patients into the hospital. We recognise that we have a disproportionate number of patients attending ED inappropriately who could be managed in alternative settings. This theme aims to tackle that issue and to place Trafford, Manchester and MFT in a position where they are able to comfortably manage patients appropriately where they most frequently attend. We have agreed to explore a model to introduce streaming of patients from the front door of Wythenshawe Emergency Department (ED).

      Theme 2 - Risk Stratification
      This theme will focus on identifying patients at risk of hospital admission and coordinate their care closer to home, supporting them to stay at home longer. Our agreed focus for the winter period is to deliver a targeted, GP led programme of smoking cessation which will initially be for risk stratified patients in general practice with a diagnosis of COPD and a high rate of admissions, and also patients coming out of hospital with smoking cessation medication. Smoking cessation will see quick benefits for the person, potentially reducing their admissions by half.

      Theme 3 - Continued and further improvement of the position around Delayed Transfers of Care (DTOC)
      This theme will aim to continue and further improve the position of delayed transfers of care at Wythenshawe Hospital, which remains the outlier in terms of not achieving the 3.3% target compared to other acute sites - no more than 17 Trafford residents delayed per night in an acute bed.

      Theme 4 – Trafford Enhanced Care Home Team (TECHT) Expansion
      This theme will consider the expansion of the existing TECHT service to be available in all care homes, expanding on a stepped approach based on admissions data to indicate where TECHT can have the most impact.
      Flu and pneumonia vaccine pathways within nursing and care homes will be proactively managed and reported to ensure that all residents receive the vaccines. This will also include vaccination programmes for staff and care home residents.
      Anticipatory care planning will be rolled out for all care home residents to reduce the number of residents who are dying within a hospital setting rather than their preferred place of death.
      Our next steps will be to review expected outcomes and how they will be measured. We are also planning a system wide vision workshop for November to start to explore what the alliance means for Trafford going forward.
      We continue to explore dependencies and synergies within the wider System Resilience Plan for Trafford, ensuring the LCA is co-owned and co-designed with commissioners and providers in order to deliver on our system-wide objectives.

      Kelly Stephenson is working as the programme lead for both the Local Care Alliance and the Care Complex, so please contact Kelly if you have any questions on either programme of work:
      If you are working or volunteering within a local VCSE organisation and would like to ‘Have Your Say’ and input from a VCSE perspective into the next LCA please email Dan Shelston at Thrive Trafford on
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    • Volunteering
      The Volunteer Manager’s Network brings together those managing volunteers in Trafford. The network meets quarterly, with the next meeting planned for Tuesday 11th June 2019 at 10:30am to 12:30pm at Cafe in The Park at the Counselling & Family Centre, Stamford Park, Altrincham .
      Organisations or groups that have volunteering opportunities they want to advertise can do so on the Volunteering Opportunities page. If you have any questions or comments please let us know here in the discussion hub.

      To view the minutes from the previous meetings please visit

      If you currently manage volunteers in Trafford and would like to attend the next Volunteer Manager's Network meeting please email or call 0330 123 9766 to book a place.
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    • Social Enterprise Place Trafford
      Do you run a Social Enterprise in Trafford? Would you like support and advice on your business? Do you have best practice examples that you can share with others running a Social Enterprise or thinking about starting up?
      Post your questions, and share your best practice to help others on here.
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