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Monthly updates

If you would like to receive our monthly updates on the work of the Workforce Collaborative please email and include ‘monthly update’ in the subject line. 


Past events

Allied Health Professions in Greater Manchester: Shaping the Future 

On Friday 30th November we hosted the first Greater Manchester-wide event to engage Allied Health Professions (AHPs) and senior leaders in the new AHP workforce programme and to begin the production of a Greater Manchester AHP workforce strategy.  

Grow Our Own Summit 

The latest full meeting of the Workforce Collaborative, the Grow Our Own Summit, took place on Monday 8th October 

This event focused on our ‘Grow Our Own’ strategic priority and involved key discussions and presentations on those areas where we are working together across Greater Manchester to grow our own workforce. It built on the success of the first meeting in January; providing key updates, followed by interactive workshops. 

The event was a valuable opportunity to receive updates on Greater Manchester-wide initiatives, as well as a chance for localities to share their experience and any best practice. Our workshops then focused on gaining valuable input from all attendees on key areas where we have agreed to work collectively. 

North West Employers’ A Spotlight on Your Success

The MJ Awards are an annual celebration of Local Government Achievements held since 2014. This year, North West Employers organised the event to showcase the five award winners at this year’s MJ Awards. 

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 Industry on Friday night (Friday 13th July). 

Mental health social worker Simone Litvaitis, from Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, was crowned the People’s Champion, after being nominated by a service user who says her support changed, and probably saved their life. The Village Angels and Haven Volunteers were recognised for their commitment to keeping people safe in Manchester’s Gay Village with the Dedication to Volunteering Award.

Special recognition was also given to Greater Manchester’s 280,000+ unwaged carers, as three nominated carers were invited on stage to accept the Outstanding Carer Award on behalf of all unwaged carers. 

The event was hosted by BBC North West Tonight’s Annabel Tiffin and was attended by over 200 guests, including nominees and their family and friends, their nominators, and health and care leaders from across the region.

The awards were organised by the workforce team at Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, with support from the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham. 

The event was kindly sponsored by Gold Sponsor GE Healthcare Partners, as well as Centrica, the Growth Company, Health Innovation Manchester, Hempsons, Hits Radio, KPMG, NHS Professionals, all four Greater Manchester universities, Neyber, PA Consulting and Salary Finance. 

The event was a real success and we have already received lots of positive feedback from those who attended. We will shortly be undertaking a full evaluation of the awards to agree a plan going forward. You can find out more about the event and see photos of our winners here.

First meeting of the Workforce Collaborative

On 15th January 2018 over 100 representatives from NHS organisations and local authorities across all ten Greater Manchester boroughs, as well as representatives from universities, trade unions, carers groups and many more attended the first meeting of the wider Workforce Collaborative. The event was a valuable opportunity for those who had not yet been involved to understand the Collaborative’s vision for 2021 and for all attendees to understand what progress had been made to date. Attendees also took part in workshops which outlined and sought feedback on key programmes of work, including; the employer brand and benefits package, a leadership development framework, workforce planning for the future and widening access to apprenticeship programmes. The event was a real success which saw all attendees sign up to be members of the Collaborative and outline their commitment to supporting the delivery of the Greater Manchester Workforce Strategy.