Why Greater Manchester?

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership is responsible for the devolved £6 billion health and social care budget for Bolton, Bury, Oldham, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan. Thanks to devolution, we now have the freedom and flexibility to do things that benefit everyone in Greater Manchester.

We want to deliver the greatest and fastest possible improvement in people’s health and wellbeing by creating a strong, safe and sustainable health and care system that is fit for the future.

We believe that reform of health and social care is vital to improve the area’s productivity by helping more people to become fit for work, find jobs and stay in work for longer. Reform of early years provision is key to increasing productivity of parents and, in the future, their children.

We’re already making big improvements to the health and social care services we need. We’re tackling serious conditions like cancer and heart disease. We’re also addressing wider problems that affect our health like poverty, loneliness and poor lifestyles.

Living and working
in Greater Manchester

We are making big improvements to Greater Manchester’s health and social care services and benefiting local people’s health and wellbeing. There has never been a more exciting time to start a career in primary care across Greater Manchester. Find out more about how you can get involved.

Transforming primary care

A new primary care strategy, an extra £41 million invested in GP practices over four years and new primary care standards to encourage services to work together more closely and reduce variation in care across the region.

Transforming Pharmacy

Pharmacists in GP surgeries in Trafford to assess and treat patients and take responsibility for patients with chronic diseases by undertaking clinical medication reviews, making it quicker and easier for many patients to receive treatment.

Transforming Ophthalmology

New workforce models being trialled in Bolton to increase capacity and reduce reliance on ophthalmic practitioners and doctors. A new pathway for glaucoma and wet AMD will provide 5,000 more appointments in 2018/19, reducing waiting times and pressure on acute services.

The changes being made

Devolution and the region’s population health plan 2017–2021 are starting to make a real difference to communities. So far, the partners have:

  • Published ‘Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in 2016’, a five-year plan for improving health and social care. This was followed by a number of priority health and care strategies for the region including an early years strategy so that more children can start school ready to learn.
  • Worked with partners to develop a tobacco-free strategy
  • Launched a £1.5 million action plan to improve children’s oral health in Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and Bolton
  • Signed an agreement with Sport England to increase physical activity
  • Taken a joined-up approach to tackling dehydration and malnutrition in older people
  • Appointed a cycling and walking commissioner (Chris Boardman) and published a plan to transform the city region into a world class place for cycling and walking
  • Increased access to flu vaccination via pharmacies and extended the schools programme
  • Started offering healthy lifestyle interventions to people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
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