Upon a prominent verge on the NMGH Campus, the building acts as a flagship for the NHS and community as a whole. The aim of the social model of rehabilitation is to focus on services that are designed around the individual, promoting their independence and facilitating appropriate safe and timely discharge from hospital.
The unit is low-rise in design and has a welcoming feel for patients, featuring a sunken communal garden, a patient gym and a mock apartment to help patients adjust to home life again. The unit has two floors, separated into three pods of 8 beds, 8 residential beds (green bay) on the ground floor and 16 nursing beds, (yellow and orange bays) on the lower ground floor. Supporting that homely feel, the unit has an open visiting policy for family and friends.
Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, officially opened the new unit unveiling a plaque and said: “Crumpsall Vale is what the 21st Century NHS should look like: a social model of care, built around the individual and breaking down barriers between health and social care. We want more of this in Greater Manchester.”
“This is an excellent example of joint working, vision and investment across local health and social care organisations.” Professor Matt Makin, Medical Director at the North Manchester Care Organisation
"This new unit embodies our philosophy that joined up working ultimately provides a better experience for patients in the community. By looking holistically at all aspects of a person's health and ensuring that the health and social care professionals are on hand supporting patients’ needs at a time when they are recovering from illness, gives them a chance to fully recover and reduce the risk of returning to hospital."
Councillor Bev Craig, Manchester City Council's executive member for Adult Social Care
Photography credit: Dan Hopkinson