Westminster Health Forum

Next steps for devolved health and social care in Greater Manchester - integration, innovation and tackling inequalities

Morning, Friday, 29th March 2019

Central Manchester


This conference will be a timely opportunity to discuss health and social care in Greater Manchester, looking at the next steps for Greater Manchester’s flagship Health and Social Care Devolution Programme, and priorities for addressing key challenges - including health inequalities and continued integration.

Delegates will consider the impact of Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, which is set to include long-term plans for alignment of local and national decision-making, including setting out how the health innovation sector and Greater Manchester’s devolution deal will drive the UK’s response to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge.

We also expect discussion on the next steps for local care organisations - 10 bodies established across Greater Manchester to design and implement local service transformation - with delegates expected to assess the progress of building of new relationships and networks, improving collaborative leadership and the opportunities and challenges of taking local approaches.

Further sessions will examine the potential for innovation and the better use of data to support health improvement - it comes as the region’s mayor announces that Greater Manchester will be the first area in the country to publish data relating to waiting times for children and young people’s mental health services, in a drive to improve performance and transparency.

Keynote Speaker

Professor Ben Bridgewater

Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester

Keynote Speakers

Professor Ben Bridgewater

Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester

Dr Tracey Vell

Chief Executive, Manchester Local Medical Committee and Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership


Dr George Ogden

GP and Partner, Kearsley Medical Centre and Chair, Bolton GP Federation

Michael McCourt

Chief Executive, Manchester Local Care Organisation

Alison Holbourn

Deputy Chief Inspector, Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care, CQC

Ruth Tyrrell

Hub Director, North West, Getting It Right First Time