Welcome to issue 17

Jon RouseHello and welcome to the latest GMHSC Partnership e-bulletin – the first one I have been involved in since taking over the role of Chief Officer earlier this summer. 

In this edition you can read about our ongoing work regarding Pennine Acute, an Urgent and Emergency Care Taskforce and Mental Health.

We also have an update on a new partnership to improve healthcare services for LGBT communities, and the latest news on the developments within the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care workforce and in the acute care sector.

I hope you enjoy reading this bulletin and if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with myself or one of the members of my team.

Thank you

Jon Rouse

Improving healthcare services for LGBT community

A new partnership will transform fundamental healthcare services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and NHS England are joining forces with LGBT Foundation to tackle health inequalities and improve understanding of LGBT issues at more than a thousand GP Practices, Pharmacies, Dental Practices and Optometry outlets across the region.

All primary care services in Greater Manchester now have the opportunity to go for a bronze, silver or gold award for excellence in lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans healthcare. Click here for info

Well done Salford CCG

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the first ‘outstanding’ CCG in Greater Manchester. The CCG achieved the top rating in the CCG Assurance Framework for 2015/16. Combined with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s previous ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC, it makes Salford one of only two places in the country with a CCG and acute provider trust to have the highest accolade.

New Director appointed

We are delighted to announce that Dr Richard Preece will become the Executive Lead for Quality – his role will be to establish functional relationships with clinical, professional, regulatory, research and patient groups across GM to influence and shape the delivery of exceptional levels of quality of care.

Richard joins from Allied Healthcare, where he has been medical director for NHS community health services and the largest provider of homecare in the UK. Immediately prior to this he was a NHS consultant in occupational medicine practising in Cheshire and at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. He has previously held senior management roles at Saga and AstraZeneca UK.

Workforce update

We have a few updates on our workforce workstream:

  • Carolyn Wilkins (Chief Executive Oldham Council) chaired a recent meeting to bring together HR directors from NHS organisations and local authorities in GM and encourage them to work in their locality groups.
  • Greater Manchester’s three biggest Universities (Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, and Salford) have been invited to join the GM Strategic Workforce Board to help with their work to design education programmes for health and social care staff.

Acute Care sharing event

As part of GMHSC Partnership, there was a Healthier Together Clinical Sharing Event on 18th August.

Over 80 delegates from across GM attended, which included a wide representation of clinicians, medical directors, operational managers, GP’s and CCG’s.

On the agenda was a presentation of the HSC structure and detail on Standardising Acute Care – and engaging clinical colleagues on the next stage of reform for the acute sector

Pennine Acute Care

An Improvement Board for the Pennine Acute NHS Trust has been established and is being chaired by GMHSC Partnership’s Chief Officer, Jon Rouse. The Board has signed off an Improvement Plan drawn up by Pennine Acute Trust, supported by Salford Royal Foundation Trust and which will respond to issues raised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report published in August.

Urgent and Emergency Care Taskforce

GM has established an Urgent and Emergency Care Taskforce that will include Chief Executive and Senior Clinical / Professional level representation from primary and secondary care, councils and commissioning organisations. Improvement of the urgent and emergency care system is a major priority, both across GM and nationally.

Mental Health

The process to transfer services provided by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust to a specialist Mental Health Foundation Trust within the GM footprint is progressing. Services will transfer to Greater Manchester West Mental Health Foundation Trust following a selection process managed by NHS Improvement in accordance with statutory requirements.