Welcome to issue 19

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

In this edition you can read about Salford transformation fund news, new nursing associate training in Greater Manchester (GM) and a new GM wide primary care strategy.

You can also read about a new £20million medical and surgical centre at Stockport’s Stepping Hill Hospital, GM staff wearing yellow for World Mental Health Day and an upcoming suicide prevention conference taking place on Friday (4th November).

I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter and if you have any feedback please get in touch with us via contact details at the end of this e-bulletin.

Thank you

Jon Rouse – Chief Officer GMHSC Partnership


Transformation Fund Update

Senior health and political leaders came together in Salford to sign a historic £18 million deal to bring hospitals, social care and community healthcare closer together to improve services for patients.

Clockwise from bottom left: Dr Tom Tasker, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, Greater Manchester West's Annette Rooney, Sir David Dalton and Jon Rouse
Clockwise from bottom left: Dr Tom Tasker, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, Greater Manchester West’s Annette Rooney, Sir David Dalton and Jon Rouse

Salford was the first area in GM to formally benefit from the £450 million ‘Transformation Fund’, awarded to GMHSC Partnership via NHS England.

This investment will ensure that those living in Salford get the best start in life, prosper and thrive through adulthood, manage their health well into their older age and to manage end of life in a place of their choosing.

It is planned that investment agreements with Stockport and Tameside and Glossop will be signed by the end of November.

Manchester’s submission to the Transformation Fund has now been received and is being assessed. Wigan’s submission is now also being evaluated.

Cancer patients given a voice in surgery changes

Cancer patients in Greater Manchester have led the way in designing what will become the first specialist surgical centre of its kind in the region.

Over recent months people with stomach and gullet cancers have been working with doctors and NHS managers to set out what they want to see change.

Now doctors and health commissioners agreed at October’s Joint Commissioning Board that surgery for stomach and gullet cancers will take place in one dedicated centre for GM, at Salford Royal Hospital.

This means that the expertise and experience can all be focused in one team, and will lead to better and more consistent high quality care for patients.

For more information, click here


New Provider Federation Board MD

Ian GarlingtonIan Garlington has been appointed as the new Managing Director for the Greater Manchester Provider Federation Board.

He has recently worked with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals as Assistant CEO, and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, where he was Director of Strategy & Redevelopment. He is a strong advocate of the patient voice in the transformation of services to citizens.





Workforce Update

GM has been chosen as one of the successful national test sites for a new wave of training planned by Health Education England and which will help to transform the nursing and care workforce.

Some 230 Nursing Associates will begin training this year in a new role that will sit alongside existing nursing care support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) will lead on this on behalf of GM.

Three GM Universities – Manchester Metropolitan University and the Universities of Bolton and Salford – will be the academic partners running the two year courses.


Suicide Prevention Conference

The GM Suicide Prevention Conference will be held at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre in Manchester on Friday 4th November.

The conference will explore ways of supporting the GMHSC Partnership to implement reduction in suicide rates as part of the overall Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

More than 120 people from the NHS, local authorities and the community and voluntary sector have signed up to attend.

For more information about the conference, click here

To view our mental health strategy, click here


New £20million Stockport Medical and Surgical Centre Opens

A new £20 million medical and surgical centre has been opened at Stepping Hill Hospital.

Pictured - Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Ann Barnes (right) joins nursing colleagues Fran Marshall and Sharon Haley at the opening.
Pictured – Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Ann Barnes (right) joins nursing colleagues Fran Marshall and Sharon Haley at the opening.

GMHSC Partnership Chief Officer Jon Rouse joined Stockport partners at an event to celebrate the benefits the new building will bring to patients.

The new centre will house over 120 beds for patients, replacing facilities in old wards. The hospital has around 800 beds in total.

For more information, click here





Yellow for Mental Health

YellowHundreds of health and care staff wore yellow for the day to mark World Mental Health Day (Monday 10th October).

GMHSC Strategic Partnership Board Executive members (pictured) led the way and were joined by colleagues at a number of GM organisations including 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioners office.





GM Primary Care Strategy Unveiled

Strategy in a nutshellA new set of standards that recognise the key role that GP’s plays in transforming people’s lives in GM have been launched

The standards, unveiled by GMHSC Partnership are just one part of a wider strategy for primary care where GP’s, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists work closer together as part of integrated care. These include:

  • A commitment to seven-day GP access – by December 2015 there were 35 primary care locations offering 7-day access across Greater Manchester;
  • A six-point plan for more use of community pharmacies, particularly around medicine-related issues;
  • Preventative dental care – which has cut average waiting times for a child’s first dental assessment to 30 days;
  • Reducing the risk of sight loss – so that optometrists can manage more minor eye conditions in the community.

For more information, click here


Jon Rouse out with NWAS


GMHSC Chief Officer Jon Rouse recently spent a Friday evening shift working with the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and was impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the staff he met.

He visited the GM Emergency Operations Centre based on Princess Parkway before going out in ambulance with staff.




Video on GM Green Deal Communities

Want to know more about the health benefits that have resulted from an innovative GMCA project to improve home installation for 1,300 Greater Manchester home owners and private tenants, predominantly low income households?

Watch the video here


Schools/Colleges Mental Health Event

An event to help schools and colleges understand their role in transforming emotional well-being and mental health services for Greater Manchester’s children and young people has been set up.

The all day event is taking place on Thursday 24 November at the AJ Bell stadium in Salford.

Stockport’s first integrated neighbourhood team case study

Professionals from the first integrated neighbourhood team to be co-located say it is already enabling them to deliver better services for the people of Stockport.

For more information, click here


Flu News

As part of this year’s national flu programme, pre-school children and older children in at-risk groups who attend the paediatric emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital will be offered a needle-free flu vaccine.

The pilot is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and is being organised in conjunction with the GMHSC Partnership.

Pennine Acute will be able to share learnings with other emergency departments so that they can roll out the programme next year.


And finally…

A delegation from Health Innovation Manchester has headed stateside to showcase Manchester’s capabilities at North America’s largest MedTech conference.

For more information, click here

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 about these or any other questions raised in this e-bulletin.

Thank you