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Greater Manchester devolution team to cost £8m a year

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The health and care devolution team in Greater Manchester will operate with an annual budget of £7.7m, which will largely be spent on staff salaries.

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The health and social care strategic partnership board will have around 270 staff, most of whom have been assigned or seconded from organisations such as NHS England, NHS Improvement or Public Health England.

Around £6.4m of the budget covers pay costs, and the SPB said only around 15 per cent of this (40 posts) represents additional costs, on top of what was previously being spent on staff within the other bodies.

The executive team for the SPB has been put together over the last six months, and the full structure is set to be in place from April. It is headed by chief officer Jon Rouse, whose salary is £142,000.

A board paper published by the SPB on 27 January said the costs would largely be met from the region’s £450m transformation fund, along with contributions from clinical commissioning groups and local authorities over the next two years.

It said the funding represents the “increased cost of delivering a significantly wider remit under devolved arrangements than that delivered as an NHS England local office”.

The paper added: “The recruitment to these key posts within the partnership team is essential to ensure the delivery of the partnership vision and to oversee the implementation of the transformational programmes…

“Recruitment to the full team will also ensure that the key skills required in the next phase of the delivery of the strategic plan are embedded within the team itself and not reliant on external resources.

“This will provide increased value for money as well as supporting the development of a sustainable highly skilled local workforce.”

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