Who are we?

  • We are a group of people, that include clinicians, commissioners, managers and members of the public, who want to improve care for people with or at risk of developing respiratory disease in Greater Manchester
  • We are led by a chest physician who is supported by the network team
  • The work of the network is overseen by a steering group, which includes doctors, specialists, commissioners, patients, public health workers and other people who drive improvements in this area

What are our aims?

  • To develop a strong, cohesive strategic clinical network
  • Review the challenges in the system
  • Establish priorities and objectives that form the basis of a single coherent GM programme
  • Review the current and planned improvement initiatives (who is doing what)
  • Explore existing gaps and opportunities against our agreed objectives and;
  • Look at how we can co-ordinate our efforts more effectively to achieve those collective objectives

How do we do it?

  • Networking and partnership working
  • Scoping and using shared intelligence
  • Stakeholder agreement on objectives and priority setting
  • Agreeing accountability
  • Co-coordinating our initiatives

How do we make a difference?

  • Waiting times have been reduced for patients who need adult mental health services after we offered guidance to GM health professionals
  • More people are now able to access adult mental health services than ever before because of this guidance
  • Events such as our BAME IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) celebration event and our faith conference have helped reduce the stigma around mental health
  • We have worked in partnership with people with lived experienced to shape services for patients

How can I get involved?

  • The views of the public are very important to us. Our Patients, Carers and Public Involvement Engagement Advisory Group plays an important role in our steering group
  • To contact us to find out more about how to get involved, please call 0113 825 0892 for a chat or email us at england.gmec-scn@nhs.net