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Next steps for devolved health and social care in Greater Manchester - health inequalities, service integration, innovative research and managing the COVID-19 response

Morning, Monday, 23rd November 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on the next steps for health and social care in Greater Manchester.

Key discussion areas and background at a glance:

  • COVID-19 - fast-developing measures aimed at containing the second wave of the pandemic with reported tensions between local and national government on the approaches being taken
  • devolution - work continuing on Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Devolution Programme - following Taking Charge, looking at progress in healthcare devolution and future opportunities
  • public health - with Transforming the health of our population in Greater Manchester: progress and next steps - published by GMCA and the NHS in Manchester
  • economic objectives - the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy setting out long-term priorities for increasing productivity
  • tackling inequalities - following the publication of Greater Manchester Evaluation 2020 by the Institute of Health Equity as part of the Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On

The agenda:

  • Building on progress in health and social care in Greater Manchester and priorities for tackling health inequalities
  • Managing the COVID-19 outbreak, delivering community care and providing safe healthcare
  • Advancing innovation in healthcare - investment and collaboration, accelerating adoption, and contributing to the COVID-19 response
  • Supporting science and research within the region - creating opportunities, developing partnerships and attracting business
  • Progress in integrating health and social care services - funding, reducing variation, supporting the workforce, and delivering population health
  • Priorities moving forward as the first Marmot City Region
  • Strategies for addressing the social determinants of health in Greater Manchester
  • Tackling health inequalities at the local level and engaging with the community

The discussion in detail:

COVID-19 - managing the response

  • the local approach - containing the virus and mitigating its ongoing impact:
    • collaborative working - what has been required across the region, including with other city regions, national bodies and government, and what can learned
    • supporting the vulnerable - including homeless and elderly people, and those who are at particular health risk
    • implementing test and trace
    • local lockdown - implementation within Greater Manchester, next steps, and lessons that can be taken forward from a rapidly-developing situation
  • maintaining services - delivering safe and effective community care through the pandemic, and what will be required into the future:
    • adapting services and use of technology
    • targeted support - for patients with long term conditions and those whose mental health and wellbeing have been impacted
    • maintaining continuity of care and essential NHS services
    • managing pressure on GP services and hospitals
    • looking ahead - preparing the NHS for winter and improving the A&E capacities of hospitals, with Greater Manchester hospitals set to receive £18m in government funding

Service integration and population health

  • population health - priorities and next steps for Greater Manchester:
    • creating a one-system approach that is person-centred and collaborative - looking at practicalities and priorities for taking this forward
    • learning from progress so far - working with partners to improve the focus on health across the region
  • next steps for devolution:
    • achieving goals - making progress in the three key areas of:
      • improving population health
      • developing a sustainable health system
      • contributing to the region’s economy
    • integration - the progress of integrating health and social care services, looking at how this has worked through the pandemic, and what lessons can be learnt
    • new models of care - implementing delivery of joined-up healthcare
    • local decision-making - looking at early signs of transformation, and priorities for reducing variation in the region
    • workforce development - identifying and moving forward with what will be necessary to enable the delivery of more joined-up care
    • policy coordination - linking local plans with national ambitions set out within the NHS Long Term Plan

Tackling health inequalities

  • the first Marmot City Region - next steps for moving forward and the practical implementation of approaches to addressing the social determinants of health
  • progress - where is Greater Manchester in tackling health inequalities in the region:
    • building on strategies already being pursued and options for new approaches
    • utilising increased devolved powers
  • health inequalities at a local level:
    • next steps for moving forward as and the evolving role of primary care networks
    • working with businesses and community groups as the local economy begins to recover from the pandemic
  • planning for health - embedding health considerations into the planning and development of housing and infrastructure, and encouraging active travel

Innovative research and the Greater Manchester Local Industrial Strategy

  • the region’s international positioning - establishing Greater Manchester as a global leader in health innovation and linking with wider Local Industrial Strategy objectives
  • research leadership - development of partnerships, attracting businesses and investment, and the impact of the pandemic on the research and innovation agenda moving forward
  • innovation in healthcare - looking at accelerating adoption, and the research and technologies to support innovation across Great Manchester’s health system - in line with commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan - as well as the role supporting the response to COVID-19
  • healthy ageing - and next steps for the Innovation Partnership established as part of the Local Industrial Strategy for Manchester, driving the response to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from DHSC; Cabinet Office; the Department of International Trade; and the National Audit Office.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Professor Ben Bridgewater

Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Price

Executive Lead, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Professor Ben Bridgewater

Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester

Joanne Roney

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Tom Renn

Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech - Manchester


Baroness Newlove

Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton and Deputy Speaker, House of Lords


Richard Sloggett

Senior Fellow and Head of Health and Social Care, Policy Exchange and former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Barbara Keeley MP

Member, Health and Social Care Committee and Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus

Ruth Tyrrell

National Delivery Director, GIRFT

Dr Tracey Vell

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

Professor Arpana Verma

Clinical Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology and Head, University of Manchester

Luvjit Kandula

Director of Pharmacy Transformation, Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee

Dr Jennifer Hoyle

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, North Manchester General Hospital

Dr Charlotte Augst

CEO, National Voices

Professor Kate Ardern

Director for Public Health and Chief Emergency Planning Officer, Wigan Council; Lead Director of Public Health, Health Protection and Emergency Planning & Response, Greater Manchester Combined Authority; and Co-Chair, Greater Manchester Local Health Resilience Forum