As we come to the end of 2016, the Partnership would like to thank everyone for their support, commitment and enthusiasm as devolution has progressed in Greater Manchester. In case you missed it last time, you can read all about our progress here: report and overview.
Notwithstanding some challenges, devolution continues to provide the means and opportunity to do things differently and we are looking forward to continuing progress in 2017.
We know that this is a busy time of year for those in the NHS and social care. We’d like to extend our gratitude and thanks to everyone working over the next two weeks and we wish you and yours a Happy New Year.
Pride in Practice
We have awarded a contract to the LGBT Foundation (a charity which delivers services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities) to support primary care providers to improve their understanding of LGBT issues and tackle health inequalities across Greater Manchester.
Pride in Practice is a free training programme for GPs, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists, which is endorsed by the Royal College of GPs.
We’ve launched a video to tell you more and how you can access the training.
Stockport, Tameside and Glossop sign funding deals
Senior health and social care leaders came together to sign investment agreements worth £39m from the Transformation Fund to bring hospitals, social care and community healthcare closer together to improve services for adults and children.
Wigan was also successful in being allocated £15m from the Transformation Fund for its plans to develop a local care organisation and an investment agreement will be drawn up soon.
Funding applications open to change primary care delivery
Health Education England have awarded almost £100k to Greater Manchester and the North West to develop a new way of working which brings together patients with similar conditions, such as diabetes or asthma, to be seen at the same time when they visit their GP practice.
Patients benefit from peer-to-peer support and improved confidence especially on self-care; whilst GPs and practice nurses save time and can do more with similar resources.
Louise Brady leads on practice nurse development. She is looking for expressions of interest from 50 practices across the region to kick start these changes next year. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of January with the subject ‘group consultations’.
Recognition for Greater Manchester AHSN
Four health organisations including Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network have received international recognition, for their excellence in active and healthy ageing. Our chair, Lord Peter Smith congratulated the team, saying “enabling people to live longer, happier and healthier lives is key to our vision of ensuring Greater Manchester is the best place in the UK to age well”.
Extra funding for cancer prevention
£6.9milion has been awarded to a national cancer project, of which Greater Manchester is a part, to allow us to continue working on prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. You can read more here.
Our next Strategic Partnership Board meeting will be on 27th