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

December 2020

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference focuses on the next steps for health and social care in Greater Manchester.

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with leaders in the region’s healthcare system and local government along with key policy officials who are due to attend from DHSC; the Cabinet Office; DIT; and the NAO.

The focus and background at a glance:

  • COVID-19 - with:
    • the national lockdown and Tier 3 restrictions having been imposed on Greater Manchester
    • non-urgent surgery and appointments paused at hospitals in Greater Manchester to allow for critical care to be expanded and to maintain other services
  • 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

Areas for discussion:

  • 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:
      • resuming non-urgent care
      • 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

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
  • Developing a place-based system response to the pandemic - reflections from Greater Manchester
  • Priorities moving forward as the first Marmot City Region
  • Progress in integrating health and social care services - funding, reducing variation, supporting the workforce, and tackling health inequalities at the local level

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; the 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

This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles