Funding boost to make Greater Manchester the best place in the UK for dementia care

014Z8819_2Dementia United is our 5 year region-wide strategy aimed at making the region ‘the best place to live in the UK’ for dementia care. We have committed to investing £2.29m over three years from our £450m Transformation Fund to help improve dementia care across Greater Manchester. Our new approach will move from focusing on diagnosis to looking at improving the broader experience of care and the support given to people – and their families and carers – after they are diagnosed, including better use of technology to monitor individuals and create better social connections, and supporting healthy independent living for people with dementia in social housing.

We have also approved £27.2m of continued investment over the next four years to support the creation of a Single Hospital Service for Manchester, Trafford and beyond. The Single Hospital Service (SHS) is an important part of the Manchester Locality Plan, along with the development of a Local Care Organisation that will provide community-based, joined up services closer to people’s homes.

Find out more here.


Crisis Care – good progress being made to tackle mental health

DAY-TWO-(194)_2Greater Manchester’s pioneering approach to tackling mental ill health is on track to reduce re-offending, improve the well-being of local people and keep vulnerable people out of the criminal justice system.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Keith Bradley’s Independent Review of the Greater Manchester Crisis Care Concordat, ‘Someone’s There’, looks at what progress has been made since organisations across the region signed up to the crisis care concordat in 2014. His report particularly praises the new liaison and diversion and healthcare service currently being embedded in custody suits, courts and in the community. There is still more to be done, however and the report sets out a number of recommendations. Find out more here.


Better care for Greater Manchester mums and their babies

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We want our maternity services to be safer, more personalised, more professional and more family friendly. We want every woman to have access to information to enable her to make informed decisions about her care, and we want every mother and her baby to be able to access maternity support that is centred on their individual needs and circumstances.

This is why we have approved proposals to set up a single Local Maternity System for Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire, which will help us improve maternity care and outcomes for all mums and their babies.

Read more here.


The Art of Dying – An Exhibition at Whitworth Art Gallery

JS56820346The Art of Dying, an exhibition of art work by people who have recently died or their friends and family, will be shown at Whitworth Art Gallery on 11 May as part of the Dying Matters National Week between 8-14 May.

Find out more here.





Pit stops that don’t stop – a blog by Dr Richard Preece

Dr_Richard_Preece2 (1)As part of #HomeForEaster week, Richard Preece, Executive Lead for Quality and Medical Director for the Partnership, blogs about his afternoon spent with a local Acute Medical Unit (AMU) team.

Read all about his experience here.





Mental health – are you surviving or thriving?

MHAW17-tile-image-720x470a8 – 14 May is mental health awareness week.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MHAW17 and help ignite a national conversation about whether we are surviving or thriving and what we can do to bring about change.

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week here.





Keep up to date with our #GMHSCPChats

apple-touch-icon-192x192We’ll be hosting another Twitter chat with Dr Richard Preece, our Executive Lead for Quality and Medical Director, on Thursday 15 June from 7pm-8pm. Follow #GMHSCPChats to join the conversation. You can also follow Richard @drrichardp

If you missed last month’s chat with Warren Heppolette, our Executive Lead of Strategy and System Development, you can catch up via our Storify now.




2017 #GMWalking Festival launch a success!

The 2017 Greater Manchester Walking Festival was launched on 24 April at HOME, Manchester, with around 70 people learning about the 300+ free guided walks which are on offer throughout the festival (which runs from 1 – 31 of May) and the mental and physical health benefits of walking. The above film, commissioned by Transport for Greater Manchester, gives a taster of what the festival is all about.

Follow @OfficialTfGM and #GMWalking to find out more about the festival and discover local walks near you.


Event on 16 May: Supporting every child and young person to develop safe and healthy relationships

C9OAMUJXoAAlR6d‘Black Eyes and Cottage Pie’ is a play that blends together a film and live theatre performance to explore themes of adult and teenage domestic abuse, power and control, sexual consent, sexting, porn, sexuality and the power of positive peer relationships.

Showing on 16 May, the play has been produced in partnership with Greater Manchester Police and supports their campaign ‘Sitting Right With You’ to raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse.

Book your place here.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SittingRightWithYou or by following @SitRightWithYou




Event on 5 June: Mancxit? Health and Social Care Devolution in Manchester

Dr Richard Preece, Executive Lead for Quality and Medical Director for the Partnership, will be speaking at this event on Monday 5 June which aims to generate discussion around improving cardiovascular care in the context of Greater Manchester’s health and social care devolution.

Taking place from 1:45pm – 3:15pm at the Manchester Central Conference Centre, the event will highlight the opportunity that devolution creates to transform how we treat cardiovascular disease.

Register your place here.


Sign up to become a Greater Manchester Cancer Champion today!

Have you signed up to be one of our Cancer Champions yet? If not, you can sign up here. Organisations can sign up too right here.

Find out more about our cancer champions social movement here.


It’s Clean Air Day on 15 June

You can find out more about the national campaign here. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @globalactplan or by using #NationalCleanAirDay

Keep an eye on future editions of this bulletin for more information on what’s happening in Greater Manchester.


Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board

Our Greater Manchester Children’s Health and Wellbeing Board meets for the first time at the end of this month.

You can find out more about the board here.