NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services (GMSS) provides expert support and advice to clinical commissioners to help deliver improved health services to their local populations. We offer an extensive range of services, from IT to finance, employing approximately 350 staff and with an annual turnover of £23 million.
The organisation was originally established in 2013 as NHS Greater Manchester Commissioning Support Unit and later as part of NHS North West Commissioning Support Unit. It became NHS Greater Manchester Shared Services in April 2016 and is managed under a hosting arrangement by NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on behalf of the ten CCGs across Greater Manchester.
While Greater Manchester CCGs make up the majority of our clients, we also host a range of services for NHS England, and other customers, including provider trusts, general practices, numerous social care, community care and voluntary sector organisations, as well as local authorities and the private sector.
Health and wellbeing in Greater Manchester has entered a new era with the region becoming the first in the country to take control of its combined health and social care budgets - a sum of more than £6 billion. This means that for the first time, leaders and clinicians will be able to tailor budgets and priorities to meet the needs of local communities and improve the health and wellbeing of the 2.8million residents.
GMSS has a major role to play in this devolution of decision-making, providing commissioning support, specialist advice and information, underpinned by local knowledge and relationships, which offers flexible and cost-effective solutions in a rapidly changing environment.