We have often said that the principles of innovation and collaboration sit at the heart of devolution. They are the foundations upon which we believe we can transform the lives of the region’s 2.8 million residents and deliver a much-improved health and social care system.

To deliver innovation on this scale we are always on the lookout for new ways of working and fresh ideas in order to tackle the growing health problems currently being faced across Greater Manchester.

We are therefore working with many different organisations across all sectors to harness the different approaches needed to deliver true transformational change. However, we are also looking to the future and the next generation of leaders who will play their part.

The Greater Manchester Leadership Framework is being developed to support and deliver this step change and has this week seen North West Employers organising Grad XChange Placements which gives graduates from public sector organisations the opportunity to spend a week in another organisation to help them to experience life from a different Greater Manchester perspective. This has culminated in Grad Fest taking place, bringing together more than 100 graduates and future leaders for a festival of future leadership, knowledge exchange and commitment to the future.

While we are obviously working to achieve the fastest and greatest possible improvement to the health and wellbeing of Greater Manchester’s residents, our work now must also lay the solid foundations for a long and healthy future. We are therefore very proud to be working with North West Employers to encourage our young leaders and look forward to seeing their careers develop.

Testament to our commitment to forging strong links across organisations is being shortlisted in the prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards in the ‘Improved Partnerships between Health and Local Government’ category. This is in recognition of the incredible work that has been done to unite 38 organisations to improve the region’s health and wellbeing.

To simply be shortlisted is no small achievement in itself, with over 1,600 entries being considered for this highly prestigious award, and this is thanks to the ground-breaking work that we are all involved in. We have our fingers crossed for Wednesday and look forward to working with an increasing number of organisations to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to truly transform Greater Manchester’s health and social care system.

Warren Heppolette

Strategic Director – Health & Social Care Reform
Greater Manchester

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