Continuing to support everyone across Greater Manchester

DBT7f2ZV0AAzTnQA month on from the Manchester Arena terror attack, we continue to hold in our thoughts those that are grieving and those who have been affected by the bomb in May.

We can be proud of how our city-region responded to this devastating attack and are enormously grateful to staff, volunteers and the general public for their contribution and support.


It’s OK to not be OK


Are you struggling in the aftermath of the Manchester arena incident? Your mental health is important and it is vital to look after yourself and each other.

Help and support is available.

You can contact Victim Support‘s support line on:
National helpline number: 08 08 16 89 111 (24 hours)
Victim Support Manchester office: 0161 200 1950 (Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm / Saturday 9am – 5pm)

You can also read some key messages that you can use to support yourself and others here.


Lord Peter Smith will lead Greater Manchester’s vision for health and social care

Lord Peter Smith -Leader of Wigan Council

Leader of Wigan Council, Peter Smith, will drive forward the continued transformation of health and social care services across the city-region, working with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “This is an important announcement that firms up my commitment to bringing health and social care services closer together in a way that reduces health inequalities and ensures our vulnerable and elderly are getting the best care available.

“There is some great work already going on across Greater Manchester to truly put the health and wellbeing needs of our residents at the heart of services. Lord Peter Smith has been at the forefront of these improvements and I look forward with working with him and the Health and Social Care Partnership to continue this transformation.”

You can find out more here.


Unique Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Royal College of GPs


A unique memorandum of understanding has been signed by the Partnership and the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to deliver the GP Excellence Programme, a key part of the Primary Care Reform Programme.

The GP Excellence Programme has earmarked £2m from Greater Manchester’s Transformation Fund to support GP practices across Greater Manchester. It will be used to work with the RCGP and use their expertise to identify ideas and innovations that are working well, and aim to share these to the benefit of patients across the region and help to promote resilience in individual practices.

Read more here.


Mayor backs radical smokefree plan to save Greater Manchester lives and NHS millions


Plans by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to drastically cut smoking rates in Greater Manchester ‘faster and further than achieved anywhere else in the world have been endorsed by Mayor Andy Burnham on the eve of the 10th anniversary of groundbreaking smokefree laws.

Great progress has been made over the past ten years to help people quit the lethal habit, or not start in the first place. In fact, since 2007 there has been a reduction from 25% of the Greater Manchester population smoking to just over 18%. That’s a reduction of almost 7% or just over 140,000 people. Find out more here.


UK’s first high energy proton beam centre: state of the art cyclotron arrives at the Christie


A state of the art proton beam therapy machine, the ‘cyclotron’, was installed at specialist cancer hospital The Christie on 22 June, marking a major milestone in a national NHS plan to provide high energy proton beam therapy in the UK from next year.

Find out more here.


£2m Tameside Macmillan Unit officially opened


The new £2m state-of-the-art Tameside’s Macmillan Unit was officially opened at Tameside Hospital on 22 June.

Health chiefs, civic dignitaries, local MPs, Macmillan fundraisers and supporters of the Tameside Macmillan Unit Appeal plus other invited guests attended a special plaque unveiling ceremony.

Find out more here.


Pioneering online GP platform aims to cut cancer deaths


A new online learning platform that supports GPs in detecting cancer symptoms has gone live across Greater Manchester and Eastern Cheshire.

Endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Gateway-C website enables family doctors to access a secure learning zone featuring interactive films and other resources to help them identify the early signs of cancer.

Find out more here.


World leading clinician-scientist to head cancer research in Manchester

1920_robertbristowmdphd2015-2One of the world’s leading prostate cancer experts has been appointed by the University of Manchester to lead its cancer research strategy and to be the new Director of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC).

Professor Rob Bristow, who is currently at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and University of Toronto, Canada, will take up his appointment in August. Find out more here.

You can also find out more about how research and clinical expertise form a vital part of our Greater Manchester Cancer Plan here.


Collaboration and integration key to success, say leaders at launch event

The NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and Clinical Research Facility (CRF) launch event on 6 June represented a double celebration. An opportunity to share our aspirations for BRC and CRF, and also to mark the first anniversary of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP), devolution of the city region’s £6bn health and social care budget.

Around 120 delegates attended the event, which provided an overview of the research plans supported by the NIHR’s £41m investment (2017–2022), in the context of the wider GMHSCP. It was also an opportunity to explore new opportunities to work collaboratively with industry, charities and other partners.

Find out more here.


Stockport Together – now entering the listening phase

4. Get involved - Give us your viewsStockport Together – a major transformation programme that aims to design a health and social care system that will best meet the needs of everyone within the Stockport community – began a ‘listening phase’ on 19 June.This listening phase will build on the discussions that have taken place and will invite ideas from the public, explore the possibilities for change and any impact on members of the public which may not have been considered.

The listening phase will run until Monday 31 July and will involve a number of public events that will take place throughout the borough talking about the case for change.

Find out more here.

Stockport Together are also inviting people to attend one of two sharing events on 11 July and 3 October. During these sessions our teams will talk through their experiences of bringing together five partner organisations and the challenges this brings, and will provide some real-life learning about some of the changes that have already been implemented.

Find out more and register here.


Introducing: Giles Wilmore, Associate Lead for People and Communities

Giles Wilmore will be joining the Partnership at the start of July as Associate Lead for Person and Community-Centred Approaches, coming on secondment from his current role as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Giles will be working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including the GM Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, on the co-ordination of work to support all ten GM localities in taking forward the vision for Person and Community-Centred Approaches set out in Greater Manchester’s strategic plan, “Taking Charge of our Health and Care” and more recently in The GM Population Health Plan.


Introducing: Janet Wilkinson, Director of Workforce

Janet Wilkinson will soon be joining us as our new Director of Workforce. Janet will start in July, initially on a part-time basis.

Janet is currently Director of HR and Organisational Development at the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust.

Janet has worked in the NHS for over 30 years and is currently Chair of the Greater Manchester HR Directors Network. The role of Director of Workforce will entail leading the development, effective implementation and evaluation of the Greater Manchester system wide Workforce Strategy as well as ensuring the alignment of all workforce approaches to the wider Public Sector Reform (PSR) agenda.


Introducing: Tina Long, Chief Nurse

Tina Long joined the Partnership at the beginning of June as Chief Nurse, working 2 days per week.

Tina previously worked for NHS England as Director of Nursing for Cheshire and Merseyside. Prior to that she has been a Nursing Director in a provider trust, as well as in various commissioning organisations.


Manchester is inviting cyclists to take over its streets!


It’s the HSBC UK City Ride in Manchester on Sunday 23 July!

Bring your friends, bring your family, bring your bike and join us on a traffic-free ride to remember – with loads of free entertainment, plenty to see and have a go at, and a totally new way of experiencing your city. And it’s free!

Find out more and register here.

You can also sign up to volunteer on the day here.


Keep up to date with our #GMHSCPChats

apple-touch-icon-192x192We’ll be hosting another Twitter chat with Dr Tracey Vell, our Associate lead for primary care, at the end of July (exact date to follow, watch this space). Follow #GMHSCPChats to join the conversation. You can also follow Tracey @TraceyVell

If you missed this month’s chat with Dr Richard Preece, our Executive Lead for Quality and Medical Director, you can catch up via our Storify now.


Event: ‘Each One,Teach One’ – raising cancer awareness

Each One Teach One

July is Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Month! On 1 July a free ‘Each One, Teach One’ event will be held from 10:15am – 3pm in the Brookes Academic Building at Manchester Metropolitan University, Birley Fields Campus.
The event is being run by Can-Survive UK and will help dispel myths and provide the opportunity to speak with cancer specialists and hear from those affected by cancer.

For more information and to register please click here.


Event: Shaping the future with children, young people and their families

A free Greater Manchester Transforming Care Workshop wil be held on Tuesday 4 July from 10am – 3pm at the Manchester Conference Centre and The Pendulum Hotel.

This event is for anybody who works with children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism including head teachers, CAMHS leads, children’s social workers, community learning disability teams and children’s behaviour support staff and commissioners of services as well as parents and carers.

Find out more and register here.


Event: The Digital Health Conference 2017 – Working with STPs

On 5 July a free Digital Health Summit will explore the latest innovations being adopted across the country, share best practice and give all delegates the tools they need to transform their organiations by harnessing the tech revolution. The event is being held at Mary Seacole, University of Salford.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Shahid Ali, GP and Professor of Digital Health, Salford University
  • Martin Spotswood, Regional Head of Implementation and Business Change – North, NHS Digital
  • Bernard Quinn, Director Improvement Programmes, NHS Improvement
  • Gareth Hillier, STP Digital Integrated Care Programme, Hertfordshire and West Essex
  • Daniel Hallen, Head of Digital Technology, NHS England – North

For more information and to secure your place, please call Dan on 0161 295 2385 or email


Event: Improving transition for adolescents from paediatric to adult health and care

On 5 July a breakfast panel event will be held from 8am – 9:30am at the Kanaris Theatre at the Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL.

Broadcaster and carer, Carrie Grant will be joined by Andrea McBride (Arthur’s Place, a magazine and social network for young adults with arthritis) and Dr Sara McCartney (Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College London Hospital), who is experienced in delivering transition services. The panel will also include a patient and a representative from NICE, whose 2016 report highlighted many of the shortcomings in this transition.

To attend this FREE event, please register by clicking here.


Event: Wellbeing and Inequalities in Later Life

A free expert briefing on wellbeing and inequalities in later life from the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub will take place from 3pm-5pm at Manchester Central Library on 11 July.

To find out more and to register please click 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.


Tell us your views on antimicrobial resistance

Tell us your opinions on antimicrobial resistance and help us design an effective intervention for Greater Manchester.
Please have a look at the survey here, which is being carried out by the project ‘Building Rapid Interventions to reduce antimicrobial resisTance’ (BRIT).


Our next Strategic Partnership Board meeting

A reminder that our next Board meeting will be held on Friday 30 June from 10am – 11:30am in Rochdale. You can read the board papers here.

You can also watch live here and follow us on Twitter @GM_HSC on the day.