Welcome to issue 18

Hello and welcome to the latest GMHSC Partnership e-bulletin.

In this edition you can read about the latest on transformation fund money and its good news for Tameside and Glossop, the latest GM area to receive multi-million-pound, health and social care funding that will benefit patients.

We also have an update on a range of our workstreams including mental health, cancer, workforce and dementia.

And news of our Partnership work is spreading. Feedback on our work from some of the 10,000 visitors to Health and Care Expo held at Manchester Central in September was very positive.

Thank you

Jon Rouse – Chief Officer GMHSC Partnership

Transformation Fund Update


GMHSC Partnership is investing £23.2 million to improve the health and wellbeing of some 250,000 Tameside and Glossop residents.

Tameside and Glossop is the third area in Greater Manchester to benefit from part of the £450 million ‘Transformation Fund’ that is ‘extra money’ allocated to us to fund health and social care initiatives that will benefit patients.

Spread over four years, this cash boost will help establish an Integrated Care Organisation – Care Together – which brings the people of Tameside and Glossop, along with GPs, the local council, care providers, hospital staff, community services and charities together to effectively tackle the causes of poor health, improve health and social care services and place individuals at the centre of their own care.

Stockport and Salford have already been awarded funding earlier this year and Salford will soon be receiving this money (more in the next bulletin). All areas that receive money have undergone a rigorous selection process that involves assessment of their locality (business) plans.

For more information, click here.

Mental Health

Left to right: Jon Rouse (Chief Officer GMHSC Partnership), Jonny Wineberg (Chair, GM Jewish Representative Council), Vicky Sharrock (GMHSC Partnership mental health), Jim Battle (Chair GM Mental Health Strategic Partnership Board)

GMHSC Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse has urged mental health professionals in GM to work more closely with faith and voluntary sector organisations for the benefit of GM people.

Jon Rouse was speaking as faith and voluntary organisations came together at a GM conference to break the stigma around mental health and to play their part in transforming services across Greater Manchester.

For more information, click here.




New Directors appointed

Warren Heppolette has been appointed as Executive Lead for Strategy and System Development for GMHSC Partnership.

His role will be to act as the main champion for the delivery of the GM five year strategic plan working with key partners and stakeholders. He will manage the long term strategic vision and planning processes to ensure devolution is delivered.

Since April 2014 Warren has been Strategic Director, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Reform, and has played a central role to bring devolved powers and budgets to Greater Manchester.

We are also pleased to announce Anne Gibbs as Associate Lead for Delivery and Improvement for GMHSC Partnership.

She will also be the Director of Delivery and Development for the Greater Manchester and Lancashire areas for NHS Improvement, overseeing ongoing improvement work and support offered to NHS trusts and foundation trusts.

Joining the senior management team of GMHSC in the new joint role, Anne will align closely with other partners in the health and care economy to help drive up quality and standards to radically improve health outcomes in Greater Manchester.

Workforce update

The four major GM universities are now represented on the GMHSC Workforce Board.

The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and Bolton University are working as part of the partnership on a range of professional qualification training courses for the benefit of the GM health and social care workforce which includes carers and volunteers.

The GM workforce board has also written to each Workforce locality (area) lead to begin the process of working more closely in partnership.

Shortlisted for an award

Our Taking Charge Together public and staff engagement campaign has been shortlisted in the Public Sector category of the Chartered Institute Public Relations (CIPR) North West PRide awards.

The results are announced on Thursday 3 November 2016 at The Midland Hotel in Manchester.

New Cancer Board in GM

GM has set up a new board to tackle cancer.

The new board brings together providers, commissioners, clinicians and people affected by cancer and will build on the existing close working relationships between partners that deal with cancer in GM.

The formation of the board, under the chair of Dr Richard Preece (GMHSC Exec Lead for Quality) has been driven by the devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester, the establishment of the National Cancer Vanguard and a national call to create cancer alliances to respond to local cancer challenges.

Chief Officer Media articles

GMHSC Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse has carried out his first set of media interviews since starting in post.

If you have missed his interview with the Manchester Evening News where he gives his views about social care and mental health – click here.

£28.5m invested to pioneer lifesaving research and new treatments in GM

A single Manchester bid has been awarded £28.5m from the National Institute Health Research (NIHR), bringing lifesaving tests and treatments a step nearer for millions of people.

The successful bid has been hosted by Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with The University of Manchester and the partnership also involves The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust and is supported by Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. It will see Manchester granted prestigious NIHR Biomedical Research Centre status.

This will drive forward pioneering research into new tests and treatments in the areas of musculoskeletal disease, hearing health, respiratory disease and dermatology and three cancer themes (prevention, radiotherapy and precision medicine).

For more information, click here.

Pride in Practice training

GMHSC staff are to undertake Pride in Practice training from our partners at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-people (LGBT) Foundation.

In our last bulletin we reported how GMHSC and NHS England are joining forces with the 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.

And Partnership staff are keen to set the standards by being some of the first to receive this important training.

Dementia United

Partners involved in Dementia United, the partnership body that aims to tackle dementia in GM, have met.

Delegates discussed the Living Well Pathway Domain – preventing well, diagnosing well, living well, supporting well and dying well.

Anthony Hassall (Salford CCG Chief Accountable Officer) and Warren Heppolette (GMHSC Exec Lead – Strategy and System Development) led the discussions.

For more information, click here.

Health and Care Expo and events

A big thank you to all our GM partners who worked with us to make Health Expo such a big success.

A number of presentations and events to promote all the great work currently going on in GM under the Partnership banner took place.

A majority of the 10,000 visitors over the two days would have left with a positive impression of all our work.

The good work doesn’t stop there and our staff and partners are attending a number of events in GM and wider afield over the next few months to continue to spread the message.

And finally…

We are finalising details of a Winter Care Plan. Click here for the latest.

The Partnership is helping to launch the GM Primary Care Strategy in early October. We will report back on this in the next bulletin.

We are working on a six month review of the GMHSC Partnership and will look to publish this in the next few weeks.

A suicide prevention conference will take place in GM on Friday 4th November. Details to follow.

We are looking for any good case studies of good practice across GM that has benefitted from GMHSC Partnership. Please contact us at gm.hsccomms@nhs.net or click here

Thank you