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Blackburn unveils shared management plans

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Blackburn with Darwen BC has announced plans to merge its senior management team with that of the local NHS care trust.

The new management team will be led be a single chief executive and was developed following consultation with board members of both organisations and local GPs.

The plans, which aim to achieve savings of £2m will be signed off by the council’s executive and Blackburn with Darwen Teaching Care Trust Plus’ board next Thursday.

Blackburn’s care trust has been set a target of reducing management and back office costs by 36% over the next three years. The Council also needs to make substantial savings. The new model will deliver immediate, cashable savings of £150k, with a further £1.85m of savings to be achieved through two further phased reviews that will see a further merger of management and back office functions by spring 2011.

Sir Bill Taylor, chair of the Care Trust Plus Board, said: “When we transformed our former PCT into a Care Trust Plus we promised to make our health, well being and social care more citizen and patient focussed. We all want more money spending on actual services and less on administration.

“So, just as merging health, well being and social care made sense, the obvious next step is the integration of management. The collaboration will bring about real and immediate savings and patient benefits.”

Council leader Michael Lee (Con) said: “Our partnership with the NHS in Blackburn with Darwen has a long and successful history and while we have to recognise the current economic situation we all face, this about far more than just making savings. It is a chance to reshape service delivery in the interest of the local community and protect services.”

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