We are committed to continuous engagement with people and communities to inform the priorities of our five-year plan and to shape the future of health and care.
As part of this, we are having an ongoing cycle of engagement working with people, communities and the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector to find out what is important to people with regards to their health and wellbeing.
The start of conversations about the five year plan began with Big Conversation phase 1 with organisations, staff and citizens giving their views on the vision and priorities.
During spring 2022, People from every corner of Greater Manchester were invited to talk honestly with us about the future of health and care, as part of the Big Conversation. A huge thank you for all your feedback for phase 1 which has now closed.
The findings from phase 1 have led to further conversations in all ten localities which we have named Big Conversation phase 2. The engagement took place in October 2022 and was led by the voluntary and community sector including GM=EqAl, Healthwatch and local infrastructure organisations. This has enabled us to reach deep into communities and involve those who are less likely to take part in surveys or provide their views in traditional ways.
Phase 1 Feedback
We have produced a report that sets out the feedback we got from Phase 1. You can view the full report on the link below.View the report
Big Collaborative Event
We engaged with key stakeholders to share the findings of Big Conversation phase 1 and collectively decide the next phase of engagement at an event in September. The presentations from the event are below.View the presentations
Phase 2 Feedback
The findings from phase 1 led to further conversations in all ten localities which we have named Big Conversation phase 2. The engagement took place in October 2022 and was led by the voluntary and community sector including GM=EqAl, Healthwatch and local infrastructure organisations. This has enabled us to reach deep into communities and involve those who are less likely to take part in surveys or provide their views in traditional ways.View the full report
GM ICP Strategy – Local Resident Feedback
Responding to resident feedback
Feedback about the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership Strategy highlighted overwhelming support for the vision and commitments of the strategy. Inequalities and access to the right level of care were the two things respondents agreed with most.
In particular, respondents expressed overwhelming support for prevention strategies and reduction of health inequalities experienced by people in Greater Manchester with particular emphasis on the wider determinants of health including poverty and cost of living. They also expressed strong views about the need to education the public and enable people to take more control and responsibility for health and care choices.
Respondents also felt strongly about the commitment to enable people to access the right level of care where and when they need it. This included access to primary care, particularly GPs and dentists, mental health (with a focus on children and young people), a reduction in waiting lists and timely diagnostics and treatment.
However, respondents did have concerns regarding the commitment (as described at that point in time) to ‘realise the opportunities from digital technology’ citing that there had been historical difficulties with the use of technology in health and care. There was also concern around services running effectively if face to face is replaced and the risk of excluding service users who are non-digital.
Responding to feedback
The themes highlighted above have been supported by other subsequent engagement. The most recent engagement draft of the ICP strategy, on which comments have recently been analysed includes access to care as key shared outcome (the GM we want to see) and inequalities is a fundamental aspect of the way we will work together – ‘Understand and take action to address inequalities in everything we do’. Prevention and early detection is one of the missions/priorities.
The challenges highlighted above are ones that are being addressed as the detail of the strategy is developed.
All insight gathered from the above has been used to develop the final 5-year Greater Manchester ICP Strategy. More information about how the feedback influenced the strategy can be found on the link below.Find out about how your feedback influenced the strategy Find out about how your feedback influenced the strategy
Our engagement journey will continue with Phase 3 and the development of a longer-term partnership approach to involving people and communities, working with the voluntary and community sector to reach underserved communities and truly make a difference to people’s lives.
We will keep this page up to date with all the latest information and opportunities to get involved.