Our annual report and business plan

Business plan

We’ve published our annual report on our first year in charge of the health and care system here in Greater Manchester. During this first year we’ve made good progress and we’re determined to continue building on this during our second year.

This will see new services and ways of working really begin to have an impact.  We expect fewer people needing to go to hospital, with the right treatment available closer to home. Working closely with the Mayor of Greater Manchester, opens up more opportunities to tackle issues like homelessness and supporting carers; as outlined in our business plan.


Preparing for Winter

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Tens of thousands of flu vaccinations have already been given across Greater Manchester but we can always do more to encourage people to protect themselves and their families. The effects of flu will soon start to hit and be felt quickly in our A&E departments.

This year, the Partnership is running a campaign encouraging people to have their flu vaccination.  Look out for our flu messages in all sorts of places, from social media to the backs and sides of buses.  We’ll also have a fleet of ‘wrapped taxis’ in local areas.

Our activity will run alongside the national Stay Well This Winter campaign and will support communications work in local areas.  We’re planning more activities in the run up to Christmas, directing people to pharmacies as a first port of call.

Find out more about the national NHS flu vaccination programme here.


Greater Manchester Resilience Hub

Prince Harry

Following the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena in May, local NHS organisations set up a resilience hub to offer support to people affected.

The service is coordinated by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, supported with staff from other trusts across Greater Manchester. The hub offers online emotional wellbeing screening, followed by telephone contact from a mental health professional if required. A process is underway to contact all those who purchased tickets and this will be completed in the coming weeks.  Those who were bereaved or suffered serious physical injuries have all been contacted.

In September, HRH Prince Harry visited the hub and met with staff to find out more about the work they are doing. A number of workshops have been organised on 18 October, 22 November, and 13 December, for partners to meet staff working at the hub and discuss ways to support those affected by the attack.


Greater Manchester Transformation Fund update

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership agreed the latest allocations from the Transformation Fund.

Healthier Together will receive £17.2m over five years to deliver the changes agreed following public consultation. This funding will be shared between different parts of the region, to support the formation of single services that will see hospitals working more closely together to provide the best care.

Oldham will also receive £21.3m over four years to support the implementation of its locality plan which aims to do more on preventing ill health, improve access to services at home, and provide social care that support people to take care of themselves.

You can find out more here.

Homelessness and health

The Partnership is working with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to help tackle homelessness and improve how we support people’s health.

Watch this short film with our Chief Officer, Jon Rouse, to find out more about our plans.


Plans to end homelessness

Two workshops were held recently to look at how we can improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities, and end homelessness.  These will inform Greater Manchester’s strategy to tackle homelessness and a new programme of research led by King’s College, London.

Sessions focused on social care and homelessness, as well as looking at improving experiences of homeless people leaving hospital.

For more information please contact homelessness lead, Helen Simpson: helen.simpson11@nhs.net.

Manchester University Foundation Trust

The Manchester University Foundation Trust (MFT) was formed on 1st October following the merger of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM).

It is anticipated that the new trust will provide safer and more consistent care.

Follow the links below to find out more about the new city wide trust:

MFT website

Single Hospital Service You Tube Clip


Greater Manchester Health and Care Commissioning Review

The Strategic Partnership Board approved recommendations set out in the Greater Manchester Commissioning Review – an in depth look at how we can make the most of the opportunities presented by devolution to improve how we commission services.

The review identifies where there are benefits to commissioning at scale, across the whole region, to provide services e.g. mental health services outlined at a Greater Manchester level within the Mental Health Strategy.  A newly established Commissioning Review Working Group is working closely with the Joint Commissioning Board to deliver the recommendations. You can find out more here.


Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017

Earlier this month, Manchester played host to the national Health and Care Innovation Expo.  This year’s was the biggest yet, with over 5,000 delegates and over 200 hours of speakers.

Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, Chairman of NHS England was joined by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham to open the event. The Mayor gave a tribute to the “heroic efforts” of NHS staff for their care of the victims of the Manchester bombing.  He also reflected the major themes of the conference by setting out the city-region’s ambitions for integrating all care.

Our Chief Officer, Jon Rouse, led a discussion on system change and the emergence of accountable care systems, which will provide joined up, coordinated care breaking down the barriers between GPs and hospitals, physical and mental health care, and social care and the NHS.

The Partnership shared a stand with Health Innovation Manchester.  We spoke to lots of people about the work we’re doing, including personalisation of care, and shared copies of our annual report and business plan.

Expo will return to Manchester, from 5th to 6th September next year.


Working with the voluntary sector

Back in April, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Partnership and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Greater Manchester.  This agreement provides an opportunity for closer joint working to help design and deliver all aspects of our plan to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

According to Greater Manchester’s State of the VCSE Sector Report there are around 15,890 VCSE organisations in Greater Manchester. Nearly half say their main focus is health and wellbeing with others delivering services in areas that impact on health and wellbeing, such as community development, education and training, or sport and leisure. The VCSE sector ranges from small volunteer-led projects to large organisations delivering clinical services.

For more information, please contact VCSE lead, Emma Baylin: emma.baylin@nhs.net.


New hospital discharge standards

The Partnership has agreed new standards for patient discharge from hospital. The aim is to reduce the number of patients waiting in hospital unnecessarily, which will improve the experience for patients as well as making best use of health and social care resources. The Partnership will now work with health care providers and CCGs to roll out the standards. Find out more here.


Alcohol Champions to reduce drinking in Greater Manchester

The ‘Communities in Charge of Alcohol’ programme was launched on 21st September to tackle the problem of excessive alcohol consumption across Greater Manchester.

The latest figures show that residents from all ten boroughs are drinking more than the national average. This is likely to be harmful for the individuals concerned and puts emergency services under greater strain.

Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Beverley Hughes said:  “It is important not only for community safety but also for health and wellbeing of our residents that we encourage people to cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink”.

The project will be led by community volunteers called ‘Community Alcohol Champions’ who are being trained to help others to rethink their drinking habits.

The programme will initially be piloted in Salford and Stockport before being rolled out to all other boroughs by May 2018.

Find out more here.


I believe that children are our future…   A blog by Dr Sohail Munshi, Chief Medical Officer at Manchester Primary Care Partnership Sohail.munshi

Dr Munshi considers the health of children in Greater Manchester and what this means for our future.

Read the full blog here.



Stockport Together

Stockport Together is a major transformation programme across the borough’s health and social care.

The five organisations behind Stockport Together have now completed a ‘listening phase’.  This was an opportunity for people to share what’s important to them in terms of health and social care.

Responses are currently being reviewed.  The next phase of activity will be a formal policy consultation, which will begin in early October.

Find out more here.

Consultation: Intermediate Care in Tameside and Glossop

Tameside and Glossop CCG will be consulting on its plans for intermediate care beds until 15th November.  This service is for people who leave hospital but still need some care that can’t be provided at home, or to help prevent a hospital admission altogether.

This consultation looks at whether intermediate beds are fit for purpose, provide quality care, and are affordable.

Find out more and share your views here.



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The Stoptober campaign encourages smokers to take up the challenge to stop smoking for 28 days.  Those who register receive support from a Stoptober pack, a smartphone app, and a 28-day text service.  Research shows those who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to stay smokefree.

In Greater Manchester, we aim to cut smoking by a third by 2020.  There are 4,500 deaths every year that are connected to smoking, among the over 35s.  That’s almost 13 people dying early every day.

We’re working with Public Health England to help get out the Stoptober message and get as many people involved as possible.  Short film clips have been produced featuring Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester) and Lord Peter Smith (Chair of the Partnership Board).

There’s also a guest blog on our website by the Public Health Minister, Steve Brine supporting Stoptober and our plans for a tobacco free Greater Manchester. Take a read here.

To sign up or find out more about Stoptober, click here.


National Eye Health Week

The Partnership marked National Eye Health Week (18th – 24th September) by highlighting the importance of eye tests for children. On average, in England and Wales, only one in five children have their eyes tested each year. Local research shows that uptake in Greater Manchester is 15-20% lower.

We produced a short film, See More, Learn More, Go Further!’ which we hope will encourage parents to take their child for an eye test. The Partnership’s Optometry Team also produced a leaflet and gave presentations to school children. We have now put together a resource pack for schools so teachers can share the importance of good eye health with pupils.


World Alzheimer’s Month: improving dementia care in Greater Manchester

September was World Alzheimer’s Month.  The aim of this international initiative is to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. This year’s theme was ‘Remember me’, highlighting the importance of early detection and diagnosis.

In Greater Manchester, over 30,000 people are estimated to be living with dementia. Our vision is to make Greater Manchester the best place to live in the UK if you have dementia. At the moment, care and support for people living with dementia varies across the city-region. We want to change this. Everyone in Greater Manchester should have access to safe and timely services, along with the support they need.

The Dementia United programme is being delivered in partnership with members of the public and local organisations. Find out more and get involved here.


Sign up to become a Greater Manchester Cancer Champion 

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.

World Mental Health Day, 10th October

This year’s theme is workplace wellbeing.  What can you do to take care of your own wellbeing and that of your colleagues?

Get involved on Twitter, by looking out for:


Find out more here.

Our next Strategic Partnership Board meeting

A reminder that our next Board meeting will be held on Friday 13th October from 2pm – 4pm in Oldham. The board papers will be available soon here.

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



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CityMoves is an opportunity for the people of the North to get fit and contribute to a big citizen science research project. It’s also a competition between the North’s four city regions, launching on 26th October.

Consultation: Oldham CCG

Oldham CCG are consulting on urgent primary care services in Oldham until 4th December. You can read more about why they are consulting on these changes, what the options are and the current challenges here.