About Us

Welcome to the official website for Hope Citadel Healthcare. We provide NHS-funded services in 3 areas of Greater Manchester, at 9 sites. Within Oldham CCG, we are based in Fitton HillHollinwood, Shaw and Oldham town centre. Within HMR CCG, we are based in Heywood, Rochdale, Kirkholt and Middleton. Last but not least, we are also based in Levenshulme!

The seeds of Hope Citadel Healthcare began when a young third year medical student was sitting in a lecture and first heard about the inverse care law put forward by Tudor Hart in 1971 which reads:

“The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served.”

“This cannot be true” the student thought. The tutor reassured the class that the statement was true and becoming more true by the day as inequality continued to increase.

The student was part of a church project and lived in an area government departments called “deprived” and socio-economic graphs showed that this area was “low” (bottom 5%) or very low (bottom 2.5%). Local people described it using other colourful words. Over the next few months as the student chatted with friends and local people it became clear that local people were finding it difficult to access the medical care they needed in a timely and appropriate way. On digging deeper it was found that the area had significantly fewer GPs for the population than in wealthier areas nearby and access to the GPs they did have was significantly lower, were open less often and were less qualified. This meant that the circle of ill-health, and often chaos which comes along with it, was only continuing and it was very difficult for patients to see improvements.

The student decided to try and do something and with a team of like minded GPs and colleagues, Hope Citadel Healthcare was set up.

At a glance

We provide excellent healthcare in previously underserved areas, working collaboratively to bring about transformation in individuals, families and communities.

Impact Statement 2016

We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest Impact statement,

HCH Impact Statement 2016

Latest News

Catch all the latest news and events from across our nine sites here. There is always something going on. Read more posts.

May05
Hope News
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May05
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Hope Citadel we...

We’re excited to have had three new teams join the Hope Citadel family in April. Birtle...

Nov11
Dr Laura Neilso...

Dr Laura Neilson,  CEO of Hope Citadel Healthcare CIC, and project lead at Shared Health Foundation...

Our Story

Hope Citadel Healthcare was set up with the aim of providing excellent healthcare in previously underserved areas, working collaboratively to bring about transformation in individuals, families and communities. Find out how we got here.

The Past
The Future
Mar
2013
Hill Top on the Move
Hill Top Surgery moves into its new purpose built surgery at Fitton Hill Neighbo...
May
2013
Dragons Back Focused Care
Hope Citadel wins Oldham CCG Dragon’s Den bid to pilot the Focused Care model ...
May
2014
Simon Stevens Visits Hope ...
Hill Top Surgery welcomes Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England to see the...
Aug
2014
A New Home for Hollinwood
Hollinwood Medical Practice moves to its permanent new home at 1 Clive Street Ho...
Hill Top on the Move
Mar, 2013
Hill Top Surgery moves into its new purpose built surgery at Fitton Hill Neighbourhood Centre.
Dragons Back Focused Care
May, 2013
Hope Citadel wins Oldham CCG Dragon’s Den bid to pilot the Focused Care model at Quayside Medical Practice, Oldham.
Simon Stevens Visits Hope Cita...
May, 2014
Hill Top Surgery welcomes Simon Stevens, Chief Executive, NHS England to see the Focused Care model in action.
A New Home for Hollinwood
Aug, 2014
Hollinwood Medical Practice moves to its permanent new home at 1 Clive Street Hollinwood at the heart of the community.