This conference was a timely opportunity to discuss health and social care in Greater Manchester, and priorities for addressing key challenges including health inequalities and integration.
It took place in the context of Greater Manchester’s Health and Social Care Devolution Programme, which has taken steps to integrate health and social care services in the wider community, and make better use of local decision-making.
The seminar was an opportunity to assess progress and consider the next steps for devolution, with Greater Manchester’s health and social care strategy for the next five years expected shortly - which is due to set out how Greater Manchester will respond to the ambitions in the NHS Long Term Plan.
Delegates also considered how to address some of the principal challenges facing devolution, including meeting accident and emergency targets, following the intervention by NHS England and NHS Improvement.
With investment in Manchester-based projects included in the second Life Sciences Sector Deal, delegates discussed what this might mean for health services in Greater Manchester and economic development in the region.
It came as the region’s mayor announced 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.
It also took place with the launch of the Big Alcohol Conversation, an initiative exploring alcohol-related harm by gathering the views of people across the city region, following the announcement that harms associated with alcohol cost Greater Manchester’s public services £1.3bn a year.
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