What Greater Manchester does today…

Our ambitions for the future of health and social care in the region under GM Devo are being echoed nationally. The Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament made a number of pledges around health and social care, strengthening what we are already putting into practice here. Plans for the new Government included implementing the NHS five year plan (with its focus on prevention, care and sustainability), increasing the health budget, integrating healthcare and social care and ensuring the National Health Service works on a seven day basis. There will also be measures introduced nationally to improve access to general practitioners and to mental healthcare.

It feels right that what we are doing in Greater Manchester will pave the way for others.

Ian Williamson
Chief Officer

Key events

GM Health and Social Care Devolution is taking centre stage at the NHS Confederation Conference in Liverpool. Ian Williamson, Interim Chief Officer for Health and Social Care Devolution and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council will speak as part the closing plenary session today (3 June). Chaired by Dr Steve Kell, Co-Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners the GM devolution session will also include a presentation from Philip Blond, Director at Respublica a Think Tank advocating the devolution of powers in Great Britain and will conclude with a live Q&A. GM Health and Social Care Devolution will also be present on the NHS England stand to engage with delegates and to answer questions.

We are also leading the Fourth Greater Manchester Primary Care Summit – Greater Manchester Devolution; the Primary Care Revolution (http://www.events.england.nhs.uk/all/559) in Salford on 10th June. Sir Sam Everington, who helps lead national work on primary care-driven care models and service redesign, will be speaking.

We will also be present at the Local Government Association Annual Conference in Harrogate this month.


We are about to enter the second phase of our communications, engagement and movement for change and will be starting by finding out what residents, staff and stakeholders understand about GM Devo. We will circulate more information about this to your communications leads but we are planning that the work will be completed by the end of July.

Social Media

While our website is in development, we’d appreciate your support of our drive to promote the work being undertaken by using #gmdevo on any news you may be sharing around GM Health and Social Care Devolution projects.

Telling the story of GM Health and Social Care Devolution

We have an updated slide deck with key facts and messages about GM Health and Social Care Devolution which will keep you updated. If you are planning to present on GM Health and Social Care Devolution, please let us know at gm.devo@nhs.net and we will send them out to you.

Dementia care

One of our Early Implementation Priorities focuses on improving care for people living with dementia through integrated services. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, visited a Dementia Friends event in Oldham recently and commended the innovative work there. (http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/nhs-chief-visits-greater-manchester-9305109)

A new look

We are developing a look and feel for our programme and to demonstrate how a number of NHS bodies are working together, we have a newly-created logo, unique in the NHS. That logo illustrates that we are a new, multi-party healthcare entity of commissioners and providers – NHS in Greater Manchester – and sits alongside that of our partners GMCA.

Want to know more? Get in touch gm.devo@nhs.net