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

Morning, Monday, 23rd November 2020

Online Conference

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

This conference will consider the next steps for health and social care in Greater Manchester.

As well as the importance of these issues for Manchester itself, the discussion will be of interest to other regions of the UK that are either developing or seek devolved powers in health and social care.

Areas for focus include priorities for funding and addressing inequalities - and strategies for innovation in the organisation and delivery of services.

Delegates will also consider:

  • examples  of success and what can be learned from them
  • how priorities are changing, and how developments in devolved health policy link with national priorities
  • the role of the life sciences and health innovation sectors within local economic recovery plans and how they link with objectives Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy

It takes place with:

  • the region responding to COVID-19
  • the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) setting out its priorities for the future in Taking Charge: The Next 5 Years [download pdf]
  • Greater Manchester’s role as a Marmot City Region with the aim of reducing health inequalities

We are pleased to be able to include in the agenda keynote sessions with: Sarah Price, Executive Lead, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership; Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council; Professor Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester; and Tom Renn, Managing Director, Bruntwood SciTech - Manchester - as well as contributions from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning; the Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee; the Manchester Local Medical Committee and the University of Manchester.

The discussion in detail:

Managing the COVID-19 outbreak, delivering community care and providing safe healthcare across the region

  • the local approach to containing the virus and mitigating its ongoing impact following the publication of the Greater Manchester COVID-19 Management Plan, and the recent local lockdown announcement, as well as declaration of a major incident for Greater Manchester, with discussion including:
    • the collaborative working required across the region - including with other city regions, national bodies and Government
    • supporting the vulnerable including homeless and elderly people, and those who are clinically vulnerable
    • implementing test and trace
    • learning from local lock down implementation within Greater Manchester and lessons going forward
  • delivering safe and effective community care through the pandemic and into the future, including through:
    • adapting services and utilising technology
    • supporting patients with long term conditions
    • maintaining continuity of care and essential NHS services
    • taking pressure off GP services and hospitals

Service integration and population health

  • priorities for population health in Greater Manchester following the publication of Transforming the health of our population in Greater Manchester: progress and next steps, looking at:
    • 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 and working with partners to improve the focus on health across the region
  • as work continues on Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Devolution Programme - and following the publication of Taking Charge, which looked at the progress made so far in devolution of healthcare and the opportunities for building on this over the next 5 years - delegates will discuss:
    • next steps for devolution and for making progress in the three key areas of:
      • improving population health
      • developing a sustainable health system
      • contributing to the region’s economy
    • the progress of integrating health and social care services - how this has worked through the pandemic, and what lessons can be learnt
    • implementing new models of care and delivering joined-up healthcare
    • local decision-making, early signs of transformation, and priorities for reducing variation in the region
    • workforce development that will be necessary to enable the delivery of more joined-up care
    • linking local plans with national ambitions set out within the NHS Long Term Plan

Tackling health inequalities as the first Marmot City Region

  • progress that Greater Manchester has made in tackling health inequalities in the region, looking at:
    • building on strategies already being pursued and options for new approaches
    • utilising increased devolved powers
  • next steps for moving forward as the first Marmot City Region - and the practical implementation of approaches to addressing the social determinants of health following the publication of Greater Manchester Evaluation 2020 as part of the Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 Years On
  • priorities for tackling health inequalities at a local level, and the evolving role of primary care networks - including working with businesses and community groups as the local economy begins to recover from the pandemic
  • 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

  • establishing Greater Manchester as a global leader in health innovation and linking with wider economic objectives set out in Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy
  • research in the region, looking at:
    • the development of partnerships
    • priorities for attracting businesses and investment
    • the impact of the pandemic on the research and innovation agenda moving forward
  • accelerating the adoption of innovative healthcare, and the research and technologies to support them, across Great Manchester’s health system - in line with commitments in the NHS Long Term Plan - and its role aiding in 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

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 across the region
  • Advancing innovation in healthcare within Greater Manchester - investment, collaboration, adoption, and the COVID-19 response
  • 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
  • System-wide approaches to addressing the social determinants of health and practical implementation for Greater Manchester
  • Key priorities moving forward as the first Marmot City Region
  • Strategies for tackling health inequalities at the local level and engaging with the community

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as local government and community groups, healthcare professionals, representatives of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, research bodies and universities, business groups, academics and commenters including those involved in inequalities, advocacy and user groups, the third sector, financial and public health analysts, legal representatives, and reporters from the national, local and specialist media.

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 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


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

Dr Ruth Bromley

Chair, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning

Luvjit Kandula

Director of Pharmacy Transformation, Greater Manchester Local Pharmaceutical Committee