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Northern Care Alliance NHS Group recognised nationally for its inclusive hospitals and community services

Salford, Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and North Manchester Care Organisations ranked number 25 in the ‘Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers’ list. THE Northern Care Alliance NHS Group has been ranked number...
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Location confirmed as Manchester’s LGBT Extra Care scheme moves forward

Russell Road in Whalley Range has been confirmed as the location for the UK’s first Extra Care scheme designed for older LGBT people. Manchester has for many years been a...
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Why Manchester’s taking action to stub out pollution

Giant cigarettes used as comparison to show the impact on health from traffic fumes. They say that thirteen is unlucky for some – and that’s precisely why Manchester has installed...
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Greater Manchester Pharmacy Opening Times – Christmas and New Year 2018/19

Many pharmacies across Greater Manchester are open on bank holidays to help you stay well. Find out which pharmacies are open near you during the festive period....
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A Bed Every Night – An Ambition for Greater Manchester

Nobody should have to sleep rough on the streets of Greater Manchester. A Bed Every Night marks a significant escalation of Andy Burnham and Vincent Kompany’s efforts to tackle the humanitarian...
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Medicinal menagerie, Noah’s Art, launches therapeutic café that serves up lashes of doggy devotion…

Dog lovers are being encouraged to help the lonely and depressed in their community by sharing some ‘animal magic’ at a pop-up cafe in Manchester. Animal assisted therapy, which began...
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What you think of health and social care devolution in Greater Manchester?

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership want to find out what people working in public sector organisations, including the voluntary community and social enterprise groups think about devolution and know about the...
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Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Many pharmacies across Greater Manchester are open on bank holidays to help you stay well. Find out which pharmacies are open near you on bank holidays in 2018....
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Sea change for Charlie the former beach donkey – as new therapeutic calling takes him on hospice mission

Now living at Manchester’s Donkey Sanctuary, ‘cheeky’ Charlie works his charm with patients and carers across the city. The heatwave has crowds flocking to the country’s coasts for seaside sun...
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Greater Manchester Celebrates its Health and Care Champions

Fourteen outstanding health and care champions have been celebrated as winners at the first ever Greater Manchester-wide awards for our health and care workforce at the Museum of Science and...
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Manchester musicians back nurse recruitment campaign

Legendary Greater Manchester musicians such as The Stone Roses, New Order and Elbow as well as contemporary artists Bugzy Malone and Pale Waves, and Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye have lent...
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Public Health England Proactive Media Statement Saddleworth Moor Fire

Media statement issues by Public Health England – 28 June 2018 Dr William Welfare, Consultant in Health Protection, said: “Residents in areas affected by smoke should stay indoors, keep their...
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Effects of bad air laid bare: Manchester’s public health team bring a fresh approach to improve air quality

Manchester’s Public Health team have laid bare the effects of bad air with a report outlining the link between poor air quality and health. Manchester City Council’s Director of Public...
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Pioneering new company to help care leavers will be set up in Manchester

A pioneering new company providing support and guidance to care leavers will be set up in Manchester after proposals to do so was given the green light on Wednesday 30...
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Members of Manchester Mental Health Choir tell annual council meeting how singing results are off the scale(s)

How the Bee Vocal choir had their voices heard by city’s key decision-makers during Mental Health Awareness Week “It has helped me re-gain the value of life.” “Before, I didn’t...
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Important Patient Information – Brookdale Surgery

Following a recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection Brookdale Surgery is under new temporary management; but please don’t worry patients will still be able to see a doctor and the building...
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Hospitals back national campaign to get patients up, dressed and mobile to speed their recovery

Patients at five hospitals in Greater Manchester are being encouraged and supported to get out of bed, put on some clothes and become active in order to aid their recovery...
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Gender Pay Gap Reporting

By April 2018, public, private and voluntary sector organisations with 250 or more employees have had to report on their gender pay gaps, using six different measures. In order to...
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Extra pound an hour pledged for thousands of Manchester’s lowest-paid home care staff

Care staff who help some of the city’s most vulnerable or ill people at home with washing, eating and other essential daily tasks, are set to get a £1 an...
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Help celebrate our health and care champions

Nominations are now open for the first ever Greater Manchester Health and Care Champion Awards. The awards are the first in the region to recognise members of our paid and...
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Manchester Arndale boasts a UK shopping centre first with a revolutionary walk through smoke screen

The residents of Greater Manchester are on a mission to Make Smoking History, and as part of this campaign Manchester Arndale has a UK shopping centre first, with the launch...
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Greater Manchester to Help Beat Kidney Disease

An NHS-supported scheme is expanding to make it easier than ever for people with kidney disease living in Greater Manchester to take part in health research. Since 2012, Research for...
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Mood music: How one-of-a-kind choir brings harmony for mental health

We all know you can sing the blues, but now one special choir is giving the style its own take – as it plans to sing the blues away. Choir...
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Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Many pharmacies across Greater Manchester are open on bank holidays to help you stay well. Find out which pharmacies are open near you on bank holidays in 2018....
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“I had given up hope of enjoying life until I came here”

How a mental health project commissioned by MHCC has helped changed one person’s life.  Told in his words, John describes what the Moodswings Recovery and Isolation project has done for...
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Awards Show There’s Nothing General About General Practice Nursing

The very first NHS awards to celebrate the dedication and achievements of nurses working in general practice were held on Thursday 15 February. This prestigious event honoured individuals and teams...
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What is a Shisha?

Shisha is a waterpipe in which a mixture of tobacco and flavourings or molasses sugar is smoked. The tobacco is heated beneath charcoal, the heat pushes the smoke into a...
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Health Risks of Shisha Smoking Highlighted in New Campaign

A campaign to raise awareness of the dangers and legality of smoking shisha has been launched to tackle common misconceptions surrounding smoking shisha or hookah – as it is commonly...
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MHCC Deputy Clinical Director – NEW ROLE

Salary: £250 per session Hours: 15 hours per week – 4 sessions (2 fixed days) Closing Date: 25th March 2018 Base: Parkway Business Centre, M14 7LU (attending meetings as needed)...
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Patient Information: Artane Medical Centre has closed

Jolly Medical Centre will now provide your medical services. To make an appointment please call 0161 740 9864. Or you can visit nhs.uk/service-search to choose another local GP to register...
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Christmas Pharmacy Opening Times

Please find the Christmas Pharmacy opening times here. May we take this as an opportunity to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!...
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The Creation of Manchester Foundation Trust

On October 1st 2017, we created a new city-wide Trust to provide much better, safer, more consistent care to benefit people living in the City of Manchester, Trafford and the...
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Artane Medical Centre Closed: Alternative location provided at the Jolly Medical Centre

As of this morning (18th December 2017) Artane Medical Centre  – 1 Middleton Rd, Manchester M8 5DT – is closed due to a severe water leak. Alternative arrangements have been made,...
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He’s a pharma-charmer

Meet the Chorlton chemist who says talk is a tonic as he sees at least ten lonely people a day.   Now he wants to expand shop to include a...
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Manchester’s Chief Executive and Senior Managers get Jab-Fab

Showing that there’s nothing better than leading by example, Manchester Council’s top bosses have rolled up their sleeves to back the city’s flu vaccination campaign. Chief Executive Joanne Roney and...
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Greater Manchester Pharmacy Opening Times – Christmas and New Year 2017/18

Find the opening dates and times for Greater Manchester Pharmacies here...
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Why Manchester bee Christmas card has hallmark of success…and city Santa goes flat out for festive film

This year, more than no other, the Manchester bee has become a symbol of unity and caring for one another. That’s why the city’s chiefs have created a special seasonal card...
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£20,000 funding for our communities

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Northwards Housing partner up to help bring people together in the community Thanks to funding from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, Northwards Housing are...
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New £5m North Manchester Intermediate Care Unit Opens

A BRAND new purpose-built £5m 24 bed community Intermediate Care Unit situated in the grounds at North Manchester General Hospital has opened today (18 November). The new unit, known as...
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Krankies don’t need hankies! Comedy duo back serious message around flu jab

They’re the ultimate Eighties comeback kids – known by many of a certain age for their ‘Fan Dabi Dozi’ catchline, cheeky banter and thumbs up poses. And, now, the Krankies...
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MHCC Board Member Cllr Craig flags flu message

Manchester’s Councillor Bev Craig, is the latest person to get on board with a dedicated campaign – that includes cabs turned out with flu messages – in a bid to...
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Follow that cab – and get a flu jab!

If you don’t flu could be ‘just around the corner’ Follow that cab – or at least its message – that’s what the NHS in Greater Manchester wants people to...
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Jimmy’s Story: Extra Care Brings Extra Chance for a Gentle Fresh Start in Life

In chronic pain from arthritis and after being in hospital after a bad fall James Morrison – Jimmy to his friends – got back on his feet in more ways...
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How New ‘Home from Home’ Short-Stay Flats are Set to Help City’s Patients Leave Wards Quicker and Boost Recovery

An extra care housing scheme which provides a temporary home for people who are fit to leave hospital but aren’t ready for full independence in their own homes is being...
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Noah’s Art: Where the Pairing of Animals and Therapy Helps with Mental Health Issues

How a grant from Manchester’s health commissioners is bringing more diverse – and hands-on – support for mental wellbeing across the city The therapeutic effect of animals has long-been known...
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North Manchester Pilot is Quadrupling Lung Cancer Early Diagnosis Rates.

Manchester’s Lung Health Check pilot, which quadrupled lung cancer early diagnosis rates is to be expanded to benefit thousands more people at high risk in the north of the city....
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Greater Manchester football clubs unite for Stoptober, as new research reveals three quarters of fans want to quit

Football clubs, players and commentators from across the country are uniting this weekend to show their support for fans looking to quit smoking as Stoptober – the 28 day smokefree...
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‘Sleeping Out’ to Raise Money for Homeless Charities

MHCC’s Chief Accountable Officer and two other colleagues are to raise money for Manchester’s homeless by sleeping outside in charity events. On Monday 16 October 2017, Ian Williamson, chief accountable...
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Girlguiding Manchester pin hopes on newly-launched badge to help with creating caring communities and tackling loneliness

A trial run of a first of its kind Girlguiding Manchester badge that reached out to those who may feel lonely, has been so successful it is being formally rolled...
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National Award Recognition for Manchester’s Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership

The Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) in Manchester has been shortlisted for two top national awards in recognition of its impact on cancer patients and carers over the past four...
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Day in the life of a General Practice Nurse

Health Education England today launches a short film showcasing a day in the life of a general practice nurse. The film shows the depth and breadth of activities a general...
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Annual General Meeting and Health Information Marketplace

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups on 27 September. The event at the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall will include health information...
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Breastfeeding-Friendly Scheme ‘Fizzes’ into Action!

A campaign to encourage venues across Manchester to show they welcome breastfeeding mothers has been launched with the support of actress Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz in Coronation Street. The...
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A Healthier Manchester Newsletter

Please find our latest edition of the A Healthier Manchester Newsletter for all patients and the public of Manchester....
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10 Minute Shake Ups with Disney

Being active helps improve children’s physical health and mental wellbeing, yet just 23% of boys and 20% of girls currently meet the daily national recommended level of activity of 60...
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MCIP Transformative E-Learning Programme

A new web-based cancer awareness course is being hailed by users as a significant step in transforming non-cancer specialists’ ability to support people with the disease. The E-learning programme –...
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Hospitals merger cleared by Competition and Markets Authority

The Competition and Markets Authority has cleared the merger between Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM). The establishment...
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Top Bee-haviour!

Manchester Kids say: We want to bee heard after Arena attack as they get iconic tatt, too The right to celebrate and embrace differences; The right to feel safe and...
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Join in with GM Clean Air Day – 15 June

Air quality is one of the most important issues facing Greater Manchester. You may not see air pollution, but it can play a part in poor health, including breathing illnesses...
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Top Manchester medic offers advice on talking to children about fear.

Craig Harris: Executive Nurse and Director of Safeguarding for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.  His role covers protecting some of the most vulnerable people in the city. Craig, who also has...
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Manchester Arena Attack – Public Information

Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic events in Manchester. If you are worried about anyone who might be missing, you can...
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First-ever blueprint for public health in Greater Manchester launched

Not only are children from smoking households three to four times as likely to start the habit, but over a £1bn* could also be spent elsewhere in the Greater Manchester...
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Golden moment for Brownies – as they focus on health and getting to know their elders

Any aspiring Brownie will tell you that part of her promise is to think of others before herself and do a good turn every day. But, now, that promise has...
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How the power of two can beat flu

The Lord Mayor of Manchester – and his mum, Vera – are calling for people in key risk groups to come forward for their annual flu vaccination. Showing that the...
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Christmas and New Year Holiday Period – Pharmacy Opening Hours

Please click here for a list of Greater Manchester pharmacies which will be open on the following official holidays;  Christmas Day,  Monday 26 December, Tuesday 27 December and Monday 2 January 2017....
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Back from the brink: Former rugby league ace helps Greater Manchester health chiefs tackle work to prevent suicide

Speaking at a recent conference that brought together health and social care experts from across Greater Manchester, the ex-prop for England and Wigan explained how his life spiralled out of...
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Greater Manchester standards are new benchmark for quality in GP care

How Greater Manchester standards are new benchmark for quality in GP care – and part of plan for docs, chemists, dentists and optometrists to work closer together A bespoke set...
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Footy Friendships Blossom for Pacing Pensioners at Etihad Stadium

After Saturday’s derby success it’s no wonder City manager Pep Guardiola recently admitted that he’s so obsessed with midfielders that he’d like to sign a thousand of them. Well, there’s...
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GP funding formula – Joint statement from NHS England and BMA

NHS England and the BMA want to ensure that we deliver on the commitments made in the General Practice Forward View – to deliver fairer distribution of funding.  We want...
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Greater Manchester West Mental Health – acquirer of Manchester Mental Health & Social Care Trust

NHS Improvement has today announced that Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is the preferred acquirer of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and is expected to...
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Children to be supported to Start Well in Greater Manchester

A plan to provide every child in Greater Manchester with the best start in life has been unveiled by the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership, the body...
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New Approach to Tackling Homelessness

On Monday 9 May 2016, Central Manchester CCG’s very own Ed dyson, Deputy Chief Officer and other city leaders appeared on the Town Hall steps to be presented with the...
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Further Funding Announced to Support MCIP Flagship

Macmillan Cancer Support has committed an additional £2.2 million to the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) in Manchester to enable the partnership to build on its pioneering work on improving...
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A ‘New Era’ for Greater Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing

A ‘new era for Greater Manchester’ began on the 1 April 2016, as the region becomes the first in the country to take control of its combined health and social...
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Choose Well This Easter Bank Holiday

People across Manchester are being urged to plan ahead and choose well over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. This includes ensuring you have enough medication to get you through the...
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Brushing up on Children’s Dental Health

Children who attend the paediatric emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital will now have better access to the most suitable type of care for their teeth. A new referral...
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Move over Banksy – It’s a Retro Revival

The elusive Banksy may have become a household name with his satirical street art – but there’s now a new generation of ‘grey graffiti’ artists, as a group of older...
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New Commitment Made to Transform Poor Mental Health Record

A ‘transformational commitment’ is being made to improving mental health services in Greater Manchester, with a new approach to prevention expected to tackle the root causes of mental illness at...
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Devo Diary – What’s Happened One Year On

One year on from the historic deal that saw the start of Greater Manchester’s journey within health and social care devolution – and one of its key figures has described...
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Boxer Steve Packs a Punch for Health Survey

Council and NHS chiefs are asking the people of Manchester for their ideas on how health and social care services could be improved and more cost-effective. The call follows the...
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Struggles and Successes in Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Tens of thousands of people across Greater Manchester are being asked to share their struggles and successes in making healthy lifestyle choices, as the region prepares to take responsibility for...
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Plea to Residents to get Involved in Five-year Plan

Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing Board (Weds, Jan 13) has heard further details on how to make the city’s five year vision for health and social care a reality. The vision...
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Vision for Better Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester

Vision gets green light from 37 health and care organisations in the region  £450m transformation funding from NHS England will help strategic plan Plan puts more focus on keeping people...
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Lord Mayor of Manchester Gives Flu Campaign a Shot in the Arm

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Paul Murphy, OBE, had recently had his annual vaccination – and is now urging others to come forward too, especially if like him, they are...
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Devo Drive Set To Make Whole of Greater Manchester More Dementia-Friendly

A new partnership, Dementia United, has been launched (Friday 13 November), which recognises dementia as a devolution priority for Greater Manchester. Dementia United – led by Sir David Dalton of...
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Boss Named for New Greater Manchester Public Health Devo Role

Wendy Meredith (pictured) has recently (Wednesday 30 September) been appointed as Greater Manchester’s first ever Director of Population Health Transformation. Working closely with healthcare bosses and senior council officials, Wendy Meredith...
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Launch of Manchester Charter for Older People

First Mancunians were asked to make a pledge to show their support for older people in the city. Now, individuals and organisations are being asked to back a charter to...
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Unique Public Health Agreement for Greater Manchester

Unique Public Health Agreement in Latest Wave of Greater Manchester’s Health and Care Devolution Issued on behalf of Public Health England, NHS England, the Greater Manchester Association of Clinical Commissioning...
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The Latest News on Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution

Keeping you up to date with all things Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution. Read the latest edition of the GMDevo e-bulletin here....
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Your Views on Health and Social Care Devolution

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution programme team has developed a survey to talk with people across Greater Manchester. They would like to hear what you think about the Devolution programme and also how they can keep you involved in the future. All...
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Devolution Set to Propel Seven-Day Primary Care Coverage

Issued on behalf of NHS England, the Greater Manchester Association of Clinical Commissioning, NHS in Greater Manchester, and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. Release date: Wednesday 10 June 2015...
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Personal Care Unlocks Doreen from Dementia

Frustrated by inconsistent and impersonal agency care, Cath Severn decided to apply for a personal health budget for her aunt Doreen, who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Here she talks about...
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City Asked to Help Look Out for Older People

(Silver) tide is turning – as Mayor issues challenge to make Manchester more age-friendly * People power put to the test – as city asked to help look out for...
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Leaders Back Start of Devolution Manchester

Leaders within Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) have added their resounding backing to the region’s plans for the start of devolution of health and social care on Wednesday (April 1)....
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Patients Feedback Digitally

Patients in north Manchester can now give digital feedback on their GP services at their practice. The feedback – collected using a tablet computer in the surgery – is designed...
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Voluntary Groups Help Ease Loneliness in Older People

Manchester is pioneering projects to beat loneliness as research shows how older residents, particularly from deprived areas, describe feelings of social isolation – which can also be linked to poor...
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Major Step Forward for Devo Manc

Major step forward for Devo Manc: Greater Manchester announces shared plan for £6billion health and social care funding. Greater Manchester and NHS England have today (Friday 27 February) announced groundbreaking...
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More Beds for Patients

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working in partnership to provide nine additional intermediate care beds for patients at North Manchester General...
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Get the Jab, Get Flu Safe

NHS teams in Manchester are calling people in key risk groups to come forward for their annual flu vaccination – and reminding parents that children aged between two and four...
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Ebola Advice

Manchester CCGs are reassuring those concerned about the threat of Ebola to take heed of the latest advice from NHS England which describes the risk to the UK population as...
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Pharmacists Take Pressure Off GPs

New scheme thought to have saved more than 1,500 appointments with doc Community pharmacists across Manchester are set to take the pressure off busy GPs this winter by offering a...
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The Appliance of Science and Social Care

Few people could ever describe cancer treatment as a blessing – but, for one Manchester pensioner it was exactly that as it eased his illness and brought a fresh start...
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May The Forces Be With You

Manchester GP leads call for better understanding of veterans’ health issues As Armed Forces Day approaches a GP backing the day by asking people to show compassion for health issues faced...
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Diabetes and Fasting through Ramadan

Family event combines faith leaders and medics for advice on fasting safely through Ramadan An information event on diabetes and fasting through Ramadan is set to be held in north...
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By Royle Appointment

Writer and comedienne Caroline Aherne is to appeal to Manchester cancer patients and carers to get involved with a programme to improve cancer care in the city when she speaks at its...
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Health Bosses Launch Major Push To Reduce Medicine Waste

A campaign aimed at reducing unnecessary medicine waste is running in north Manchester. Local health chiefs have estimated that £1 million is lost each year in north Manchester through medicines...
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Tributes to Cancer Board Member Jonathan Lewis

Tributes have been paid from across Manchester’s cancer care sectors to MCIP governance board member Jonathan Lewis, who devoted the final months of his life to working on the partnership....
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Loneliness Worse for Health Than Obesity

PLEASE NOTE THIS STORY IS DATED MARCH 2014 – THE GRANT SCHEME IS NOW LONGER AVAILABLE.  Manchester is pioneering projects to beat loneliness as new research shows that being isolated...
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GP’s Valentine’s Day Message – Love Your Heart

It’s normally a day of cards, flowers and chocolates – but for one doctor it’s also a chance to look after loved ones’ health in matters of the heart. That...
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GP’s Festive Advice for Diabetes Patients

A Manchester GP is advising people who have diabetes to take steps that will help them stay well over the festive period and winter months. Anyone with diabetes faces a...
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Future of Mental Health Care in Manchester

Manchester’s three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have outlined a series of proposed care pathways for people with mental illness, which would be available from 2015. The pathways provide a detailed...
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£500k Funding to Beat Loneliness

More than £500,000 will be available for charity and community projects that help to reduce loneliness in the over 50s within Manchester. North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups...
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Winter Sickness Bug – Top Tips for Parents

As the season for norovirus – or winter vomiting bug approaches, a Manchester doctor is giving advice to parents on what to expect and how to deal with it. Every...
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Free Flu Jab To Save Lives This Winter

NHS teams in Manchester are gearing up for flu season by encouraging key risk groups to come forward for their annual vaccination. The flu jab is available on the NHS...
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Kick The Habit – Smokers Urged To Quit This October

Smokers across Manchester are being urged to stop for a month as part of a national health campaign. Research shows that people who manage to stop smoking for that amount...
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Dementia Expert Calls for Compassion

A Manchester GP is rallying for more compassion and understanding of older people’s issues – especially memory problems. Dr Helen Martin, who leads on dementia issues for Central Manchester Clinical...
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Manchester GPs Sign Up New University Students

New Manchester students are being encouraged to register with a local GP as soon as possible, so that they can be covered for any health issues once they start term....
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Manchester Doctors’ Top Tips for Exam Stress

The NHS in Manchester is offering stress management tips to families and students ahead of ‘A’ level results this Thursday (15 August) and GCSE results next week (22 August). The...
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Summer Holiday Health Hints

As the school summer holidays are starting, the NHS is giving advice on what to do if children feel unwell or have a minor injury. In the summer children can...
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Manchester GPs’ Heatwave Advice

The North, Central and South Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are reinforcing heatwave health advice as temperatures continue to soar this week. The very young, older people and the seriously...
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Fasting During Ramadan – Diabetes Advice from GPs

A local GP is offering health advice to Muslims in Manchester who have diabetes and are fasting now Ramadan has started. The Koran requires fasting during the month of Ramadan...
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Manchester NHS supports Armed Forces Day

Former soldiers are being reminded of the support that’s available on Armed Forces Day on Saturday (June 29). Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution...
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Manchester GP Urges Women To Have Cervical Cancer Screenings

A Manchester GP is urging local women to go for cervical screening tests. The North, Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), which are made up of GPs and...
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