Greater Manchester's health and care news: June 2021

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Greater Manchester's health and care news: June 2021

VaccChat - Talking about the jab

Now we are all seeing more people face-to-face it’s only natural we want to chat. Of course, one of the main topics of everyone’s conversation is still coronavirus and our experiences of and thoughts about the vaccine.

It may feel like just having a chinwag, but the conversations we have play a role in shaping how we view the world and how we think about important issues, like vaccination.

That’s why a new Greater Manchester wide campaign, VaccChat, is putting key information into the hands of those who, through the course of their day, speak to lots of people.

Handy cue cards are being given to frontline professionals like hairdressers, barbers and beauticians outlining the facts about the vaccine so these can be shared with members of the public, especially those aged 18-30.

With the Covid-19 vaccine now being offered to younger groups (from the 15 June everyone aged 23 or over is eligible) there are concerns that ‘vaccine hesitancy’ may be more prevalent due to the perception that the risk of serious illness from the virus is lower in younger people.

And, although we’re delighted with the initial surge in demand for vaccines, misinformation about the vaccine continues to spread on and off-line.

If you want to help get the word out download VaccChat resources, including posters, flyers and images for use on social media.

If you, or someone you know runs a small business, and would like to get involved with VaccChat please email

VaccChat launch

Watch a short film that was recorded at the launch of the VaccChat campaign in Oldham, featuring our immunisation and screening lead Christine Khiroya. 



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“You can’t legislate for a collaborative culture”

Sir Richard Leese, chair of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Sir Richard

Our chair Sir Richard Leese has taken the time to share his thoughts on how integrated care has worked in Greater Manchester since our 2015 devolution deal, in a piece originally penned for the Health Service Journal.

In his article, Sir Richard highlights the collaborative leadership the city-region has benefited from and what has been achieved. He reflects on the challenges of the last 18 months and looks ahead to consider the shape of health and social care we can expect to see in the near future.

Read Sir Richard’s blog

Shaping the future of assisted conception and fertility treatment services

Service review

We want to learn about your experiences and views of assisted conception and fertility treatment services to help shape the future of the service in Greater Manchester.

Commissioners across the city-region want to hear your views: what works well now and what needs to be improved?

Assisted conception is a collective name for treatments designed to lead to conception by means other than sexual intercourse.

If you or a family member have experienced fertility problems or are currently undergoing treatment or may need to access a fertility treatment service in the future, we want to hear from you.

Take part in the patient and public survey

Questions & answers and how to provide feedback

Join the millions already vaccinated

Since December we have delivered more than 2.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine to people across Greater Manchester.

This incredible feat would not have been possible without the people who are working hard to keep our vaccination centres running, which includes both staff and volunteers. They deserve all the thanks and praise it is possible to give.

Find out about Greater Manchester’s vaccine heroes

If you are eligible but have not yet had your COVID-19 vaccine, please get the jab as soon as you can. It’s safe, it’s effective and it offers the best protection from the virus – for you and those around you.

And if you’ve already had your first dose of the vaccine remember, the second one is just as important and provides longer term protection.

Book your vaccination

Help beat coronavirus

A new NHS campaign, ‘Help BEAT Coronavirus’, has launched in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire encouraging people to take part in research in the fight against Covid-19.

It is the latest campaign from Research for the Future, a Greater Manchester NHS initiative from the National Institute for Health Research.

‘Help BEAT Coronavirus’ has been developed following a fantastic public response to Covid-19 research studies. More than 52,000 people across Greater Manchester have taken part in a range of coronavirus studies since the pandemic began, helping to identify effective vaccines, treatments and tests which are already saving lives.

However, more research into the evolving threat of coronavirus needs to be carried out and people can help the NHS by registering with Research for the Future.

Anyone can register - regardless of health background or whether or not they’ve had Covid-19. By registering, you will be contacted about research happening locally - with no obligation to get involved.

Research helps to increase our understanding of how coronavirus is transmitted, how to treat people who become infected and discover how best to help and support people living with 'Long Covid'.

After registering with Research for the Future, people will receive detailed information about research taking place in their area, along with details of how to take part. As well as taking part in vaccine and drug trials, there are plenty of other ways people can get involved in research, such as taking part in discussion groups to share experiences of lockdown or completing surveys about healthcare during the pandemic.

Register your interest

Project will place youth workers in our A&E departments to support young victims of violence

A new project is seeing youth workers embedded in Accident and Emergency departments across hospitals in Greater Manchester to support people who have been affected by violence.

‘GM Navigator’ is a youth-focused project which launched at four Greater Manchester hospitals in May.

Navigator team

It has seen a team of Navigator youth workers based in hospitals alongside dedicated clinical leads to support vulnerable young people aged 10 to 25 who are admitted to Emergency Departments because of violence. They work with the young person for up to six weeks, helping them to access local support networks and prevent further violence.

The project has been commissioned by the Greater Manchester Violence Reduction Unit and is being delivered by national charity, Oasis, who specialise in community development.

Royal Bolton Hospital, Salford Royal Hospital, Manchester Royal Infirmary and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital are involved in the 12-month pilot and researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University will evaluate the service.

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Planned hospital care and waiting times

In line with the rest of the country, Greater Manchester is seeing an increase in referrals to hospital.

We would expect this as people return to normal life. This will mean that numbers of people on the waiting lists may continue to grow for a short while, however the length of time people are having to wait is already starting to come down as we’re now seeing the same number of people – or in some areas more - for diagnostic, outpatient, day case and inpatient procedures than we were before the pandemic.

We understand this is a difficult time for people who have been waiting for treatment and we are working to make sure everyone has access to the services they need as soon as possible.

We’re working hard to reduce the time people are having to wait for treatment and helping people to stay well while they do wait.

We’ll continue to keep you updated with all progress and developments as they happen in future newsletters.

Supporting the wellbeing of our workforce: Greater Manchester Wellbeing Toolkit

Workforce wellbeing toolkit

The last 18 months have been really challenging for the people keeping our health and care services running. So, it is more important than ever that we support those who have been working to care for us during this difficult time.

That’s why we’ve created the Greater Manchester Wellbeing Toolkit for everyone in the city-region who works in the health, care or the voluntary sector.

The toolkit is an interactive online resource that brings together all the initiatives and support on offer to those who work in health and care.

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